We are delighted to have launched the CREATe IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) at the University of Glasgow, jointly organized with the National Law University Delhi, India.

The theme of this Summit was ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a special focus on development in the Global South. See full timetable.

* CIPSS’17 counted as 20 hours of verifiable CPD for solicitors / lawyers in Scotland *


Openness is an aspirational goal to build transparent and participative societies. Does this conflict with international IP policy that prescribes complex arrangements of exclusive property rights as part of the global free trade area? The 1994 WTO TRIPS agreement sets minimum standards of protection for copyright, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs and patents, restricting the use of knowledge goods in order to encourage their production. A development agenda for copyright law, in particular, has remained polarised. Rules were set at a time when countries in the Global South ‘were barely at the threshold of the digital revolution‘.

The “Open Science and Open Culture” summit laid the foundation to assess if countries in the global south need to move through traditional closed scientific and cultural models first. Are there opportunities to ‘leapfrog’ to open access and open data practices in educational resources and science, and to participatory digitization and disintermediated access to markets in relation to culture? What are the regulatory flexibilities, and legal and social hurdles to realising the benefits of openness?

The programme was led by CREATe academics with guest speakers from National Law University (Delhi), and, included key influential stakeholders in the ‘open’ movement, with representatives from international organizations such as the UK Intellectual Property Office, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE),  Scottish Power, and, IP Australia, presenting institutional policy making perspectives. The summit took an interdisciplinary approach, presenting most recent research, and involving panels, practical exercises and case studies.

Date and Main Venue
* Monday 26 – Friday 30 June 2017
* No. 10, The Square, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland (UK)

Sessions included (see full timetable here):

* Openness and IP: Where are we today? / Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)
* Keynote: Importance of “fair use” as an element of copyright law reforming in the Global South/ Prof. Peter Jaszi (American University Washington)
* Open policy making in the cultural space in UK/ Margaret Haig (UK IPO)
* Fine-Tuning the IP Approaches for Fostering Open Science: Insights from the Global South/ Dr Arul Scaria (National Law University, Delhi, India)
* Indigenous cultural property: Is there merit in a fiduciary approach? / Dr Saskia Vermeylen (University of Strathclyde, UK)
* Demonstrations of Australian initiatives about sharing IP and data, including Source IP (a digital patents licensing marketplace), Patent Analytics (visualisations and interpretation of filing documents), IPGOD (government open national register linking IP rights to business datasets), and, IP NOVA (neural open-data visualisation and analysis tool) / Dr George Vuckovic (IP Australia)
* Trends and Challenges of Open Educational Resources for Legal Education in the Global South: A case Study of E-Pathshala and MOOCs/ Prof. G S Bajpai (National Law University, Delhi, India)
* Open access policy in education and research – what can the Global South learn from UK HE? / Claire Fraser (HEFCE)
*Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences/ Dr Thomas Margoni (University of Glasgow)
* How do consumers behave in an ‘open’ world? IP implications of remix culture/ Dr Kris Erickson (University of Glasgow)
* Text and Data Mining and Legal Interoperability from an Open Access perspective/ Dr Giulia Dore (University of Glasgow)
* Making visual culture ‘open’ – challenges and opportunities (Case Study: Edwin Morgan)/ Annotator Tool Demo / Kerry Patterson & Jesus Perez (University of Glasgow)
* Open Science and technical challenges for researchers/ OMEBA Tool Demo/ Jesus Perez (University of Glasgow)
* Is ‘open’ the only alternative to closed, traditional IP? How about a mixed approach, learning from business and strategy? Dr Sukhpreet Singh (University of Glasgow)

Download Summit presentations from here.

See social media reactions here.

Industry Visit
* Visit to Scottish Power HQ and talk by Open Innovation team on how Open Innovation benefits the public sector?

Interactive Activities:
* Evaluating and analysing copyright studies for the Copyright Wiki.
* Diligent search exercise using the EnDOW platform beta

Who was this summit meant for?

CIPSS’17 was aimed at industry professionals, lawyers, the public sector and students, including:

* Industry professionals from the commercial or the not-for-profit sector, the sharing economy, or NGOs working in this field.
* The public sector including government officials such as civil servants and policy makers, whose job requires them to have an understanding of how ‘openness’ interacts with the international IP regime.
* Students such as postgraduates, PhDs or postdoctoral researchers, having an interest in ‘openness’.

There were no pre-requisites to join the summit.

How did delegates benefit from this summit?

* Delegates had access to cutting edge IP research and knowledge from researchers from renowned IP research centres (CREATe at the University of Glasgow, among Europe’s leading copyright research centres, and, NLU Delhi, India’s premier law school with a renowned IP  & competition research centre CIIPC).
* They glimpsed into the policy making mind through sessions with policymakers and interact with government representatives from UK IPO and IP Australia.
* They acquired a deeper knowledge of ‘openness’ and its link to IP, as it relates to open culture and open science.
* They were able to understand open alternatives to IP as tools for economic, social, cultural and technological development.
* Some delegates were able to prepare for postgraduate or postdoctoral academic study.
* Delegates also networked and shared best practices with key stakeholders in this area.

Each summit delegate received:
* CREATe Certificate of Attendance
* An opportunity to publish a written piece on the CREATe site
* Scottish Scarf weaved with the CREATe tartan

Social Events included:
* Welcome Reception at Eusebi Restaurant in the West End.
* Half-day sight-seeing tour of Stirling Castle.

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CIPSS’17 Organiser

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (email)
Senior Lecturer & CREATe Programme Leader
University of Glasgow

Download summit poster.

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