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

This year’s theme is ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a special focus on development in the Global South. See full timetable.

* CIPSS’17 counts as 20 hours of verifiable CPD for solicitors / lawyers in Scotland *
* 50% discount for full-time academic staff and full-time registered students *
* 50% discount for University of Glasgow alumni *
* Scholarships (fee remissions) available – scroll down for details and get in touch*

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 lays 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 is led by CREATe academics with guest speakers from National Law University (Delhi), and, includes 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 takes an interdisciplinary approach, presents most recent research, and involves 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 will include (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)

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 is this summit meant for?

CIPSS’17 is aimed at industry professionals, lawyers, the public sector and students.

* Industry professionals can be from the commercial or the not-for-profit sector, the sharing economy, or NGOs working in this field.
* The public sector can include 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 may be postgraduates, PhDs or postdoctoral researchers, having an interest in ‘openness’.

There are no pre-requisites to join the summit.

How will you benefit from this summit?

* You will have 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).
* You will be able to glimpse into the policy making mind through sessions with policymakers and interact with government representatives from UK IPO and IP Australia.
* You will be able to acquire a deeper knowledge of ‘openness’ and its link to IP, as it relates to open culture and open science.
* You will be able to understand open alternatives to IP as tools for economic, social, cultural and technological development.
* You will be able to prepare for postgraduate or postdoctoral academic study.
* You will network and share best practices with key stakeholders in this area.

Number of places
* Overall we have 30 places available.
* We offer a discount to current University of Glasgow students and alumni. Please email the summit organiser, current students may use their University email id, on how to book.
* Masters level students enrolled on the Sep 2017 cohort of the online MSc / LLM in IP, Innovation and the Creative Economy (www.create.ac.uk/study) are eligible to get a fully funded (free) place on the Summit. Please get in touch with your Programme Director for details.
* A group / block booking discount is available – please get in touch to find out more.

* There will be opportunities to interact with speakers from the floor as well as in networking sessions over lunches, teas and coffees.
* An online feedback tool will be circulated towards the end of the programme to all registered delegates.

Each summit delegate will receive:
* CREATe Certificate of Attendance
* Opportunity to publish a written piece on the CREATe site
* Scottish Scarf weaved with the CREATe tartan

Social Events:
* Welcome Reception
* Half-day sight-seeing tour of historic Scottish monument (tbc).

Summit Fee (includes Refreshments, Lunches & Social Events)
Individual Delegate  £1000 GBP
[Early bird discounted fee until 30 April 2017 is £900 GBP)

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The University halls of residence offer discounted, good quality, accommodation at affordable rates over the summer months. You may book here (West End SECC options are within walking distance to the University).

Visa to travel to UK (for non-EEA nationals)

Please click here for further details on how to apply for the Standard Visitor Visa (Business Visitor) which allows you to travel to UK for events such as this conference.

Upon request, the conference organiser will issue (by email and post) a standard invitation letter (to registered delegates only) on headed paper bearing the logo of the University of Glasgow and CREATe, to support a UK visa application. Please note delegates will need to carry the invitation letter in their hand luggage when they travel even if they have been awarded a visa before coming to the UK Border (in case a UK Border Officer asks for evidence of the reason to travel to the UK – this happens occasionally).

The conference organisers do not have any influence on whether a travel visa is granted or not. Delegates should make their own inquiries. If your UK visa is refused, the conference organiser will only be liable to refund the conference fee (documentary evidence will be required).


CIPSS’17 Organiser

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

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