The New IP Lawyers in collaboration with ASK Art, Science and Knowledge, Bocconi University  & Bocconi PhD School  are welcoming abstracts for the 2nd 2017 Workshop Series to be held September 14, 2017 at Bocconi University, Italy.


This workshop aims at discussing the work of PhD students who explore intellectual protection of new technologies employed in fields such as arts & science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, software and other relevant fields. Technology often precedes legal protection. Robotics, wearable technology (e.g. augmented and virtual reality) and the modification of living organisms are some examples. Whereas new technologies promise to bring benefits to human life by improving transportation, medical care, energy systems, education, and farming, their potential to make an effective contribution depends on the ability of regulatory systems to accommodate technological change. The intellectual property (IP) system is one component of a bigger institutional framework aiming at fostering growth based on technological innovation. Patents, trade secrets, copyrights, designs, and trademarks are tools for shaping an adequate environment for innovation and growth.


The organisers welcome interdisciplinary research both from a doctrinal and empirical point of view. Contributors are invited to share their review of existing proposals for reform as well as explore new ways for changing the Intellectual Property framework. Proposals to tackle new technological developments have been discussed at EU level as well. For example, what are the challenges that new technologies create for IP rights? Which areas are more problematic for IP protection? Should current IP systems be modified? If so, how?


To be considered for the workshop, submit a 350-500 words abstract as well as a one-paragraph bio by May 30, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Acceptance will be notified by June 30, 2017.

For more information, please see the official announcement.