The European Policy for Intellectual Property Association EPIP announces its 15th Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain, from 9 to 11 September 2020, hosted by the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC-IPP). Scholars from all disciplines and practitioners interested in the economic, managerial, legal and political aspects of intellectual property (IP) are all encouraged to submit and/or to attend. All forms of IP are relevant, whether patents, copyrights, trademarks, plant breeding rights, geographical indications, design rights, trade secrets or others.

→ Topics

Submissions on all IP-related topics are invited and contributions on the following topics are encouraged: 

Challenges for patent and trademark offices
⇒ Creativity and authorship in the digital era
⇒ IP and competition
IP and income distribution
IP and inventor incentives
IP and firm strategies
IP and markets for technology
IP and academic knowledge transfer
IP and innovation for sustainable growth
IP and international trade 
IP infringement and its impact on economy and society 
IP, inventor mobility and knowledge flows
IP and artificial intelligence
⇒ IP and the digital single market
IP and new metrics for science and innovation
IP and open science
IP and development
IP and gender
IP and pharma
IP and historical data
Functioning of IP systems 
IP and the environment 

→ Paper submission information

Full  papers  or  extended  abstracts  must  be  submitted  via  the  online  submission  system  at
Preference will be given to full paper submissions. All submissions  will be peer‐reviewed.

Paper submission opens: 3 February 2020
Paper submission deadline: 3 April 2020
Announcement of paper selection: within five weeks after submission closes

→ Themed sessions

EPIP 2020 invites applications for a limited number of themed sessions on any relevant topic. Interested chairs must submit a short session description including 3-4 abstracts (preferably extended abstracts) of the proposed contributions directly to within the deadline indicated below. The proposal will be reviewed by the organizers of EPIP 2020, who reserve the right to make acceptance conditional on following up on suggested alterations.

Themed sessions submission is NOW CLOSED
Announcement themed session selection: after 21 February 2020

→ Call for contributions to the open themed session sponsored by WIPO

Organizers: Carsten Fink (, Intan Hamdan-Livramento, Julio Raffo, YIN Deyun and Maryam Zehtabchi 

Summary: Understanding how both women and men could equally access and use the intellectual property (IP) system is paramount for promoting how their creativity can be transformed into economic, social, and cultural development. However, the gender gap in the IP system is likely the result of a long social process that accumulates balances and imbalances from previous institutional settings.  Arguably, how the gender balance evolves in the different scientific fields, higher education institutions and most innovative industries around the world will shape the gender balance of the IP system. This session aims to bring together new empirical research shedding light on the gender unbalances throughout the stages of the inventors’ career.  Topics of interest relevant to this session include but are not limited to:

Gender balance in the IP system;
Gender gap in scientific or patent productivity (or other knowledge outputs);
Gender gap in entrepreneurship;
Women participation in the skilled labor market;
Gender attrition throughout the advanced education system (i.e. enrollment and graduation rates);
Determinants of gender gap in different industries or scientific fields;
Impact of institutional environments to the scientific/technological gender gap; and,
Impact of corporate and societal cultures in gender gap.

Call for contributions: Participation in this session is sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Authors whose contributions (full papers or extended abstracts) are selected for this session will be eligible to receive financial support from WIPO for their travel to and from the conference. When submitting a contribution via the general submission platform of EPIP2020, and with the same deadline as for the general call for papers for the conference, please mark ‘IP and gender’ on the topic to be considered for this session.

→ Young Scholars Awards

The EPIP Association will award two Young Scholars Awards for the best full papers submitted by PhD students in economics/management and in law. On submission, if eligible, please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for the award. More information at

→ EPIP PhD workshop

The EPIP association supports PhD students in the field through reduced registration fees. In addition, as in previous years, a PhD workshop will be held in the morning of 9 September 2020, as part of the EPIP 2020 annual conference, at no extra cost for all registered students.

More information at

→ Registration

Conference registration will be available at in April 2020.
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