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Book Now: Conference showcasing new empirical research on Intellectual Property Litigation & Platform Regulation

By 26 February 2020January 3rd, 2024No Comments

As part of the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC), CREATe and BIICL are co-hosting a half-day conference to launch a new project on Platform Regulation, mapping the UK regulatory landscape in a fast evolving global context. The programme also presents new empirical work on Intellectual Property litigation in the UK and EU. The event will be convened by CREATe’s Martin Kretschmer on behalf of the PEC.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020

Time: 15:00 – 19:00 (registration from 14:30) Followed by a drinks reception. Platform Regulation project launch begins at 17:30

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Litigation is the theme for the first part of the event, with the presentation of new quantitative studies on intellectual property litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court of England and Wales, and Court of Justice of the European Union. Sheona Burrow and Elena Cooper negotiated exclusive access to all Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims Track Court files for its first three years since the Court’s creation (1 October 2012 to 31 December 2015). They explore the types of remedies commonly granted by the IPEC SCT, the figures are awarded and the most relevant arguments when putting a case together.

Georg von Graevenitz and Luke McDonagh developed a dataset containing details of all court cases on copyright heard at the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court during 2009-2015, to provide analysis of emerging trends. The work by Marcella Favale, Paul Torremans and Martin Kretschmer investigates the influence of Member States on the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a focus on copyright law. Examining 170 documents relating to 42 cases registered between 1998 and 2015, they measure empirically the impact of submissions by Member States and the European Commission on the interpretation of copyright concepts.

The Platform Regulation project launch (beginning at 17:30) provides an empirical mapping of the UK regulatory landscape. With the emergence of platforms as a distinct new regulatory object, what are the UK’s options in this rapidly evolving landscape? In the context of international developments – most recently the anticipated EU Digital Services Act, this project maps the statutory basis and duties of key UK regulators and looks ahead to potential new responsibilities. An important aim of the event is to consult on the agenda for the next phase of a project on Platform regulation funded within the research programme of the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC). The discussion following the presentation of the mapping study will feature five UK regulators operating in this space:  Ofcom, Competition and Market Authority, Information Commissioner, Intellectual Property Office and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.


  • UK & EU Litigation: Dr Sheona Burrow and Dr Elena Cooper (University of Glasgow), Dr Marcella Favale (Bournemouth University), Dr Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary University of London), Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow), Dr Luke McDonagh (City University) and Prof. Paul Torremans (University of Nottingham)
  • Platform Regulation: Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Prof. Philip Schlesinger and Ula Furgal (University of Glasgow) 
  • Responses & Panel discussion: Practitioners, academics and regulators, including Nick Saunders QC (Brick Court Chambers), Michael Skrein (Reed Smith), Dr Ilanah Fhima and Dr Daniela Simone (UCL) and representatives from Ofcom (Kate Davies), Competition and Market Authority (Mark Basile), Information Commissioner’s Office (Sallie Spilsbury), Intellectual Property Office (Ros Lynch) and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (Stephen Dunne).


The event is free. Please book via the BIICL website:

This requires as brief registration process first. If you do not wish to register with the BIICL, you may request attendance by writing to Diane McGrattan (CREATe Administrator) directly:


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