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Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute

QMIPRI Annual Conference 2023: Intellectual Property and Sustainable Living

The conference took place over two days with each day being centered around a specific theme.

Solar panels on the roof of a building with skyscrapers in the background.

The themes covered the following: sustainability of fashion; status of the draft WIPO Treaty on Traditional Knowledge & TCEs; branding & sustainability; access to scientific journals; text and data mining; the role of AI; patents in a sustainable world; rights for indigenous and local communities; geographical indications, copyright, culture and heritage; green technologies & patents. The conference also held a posters and networking day providing early career researchers an opportunity to participate and explore the diversity of issues and careers within the IP professional and research spheres.

Our keynotes speakers were:

  • Heli Pihlajamaa (European Patent Office)
  • Ruth Okediji (Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center)
  • Wend Wendland (Director, WIPO Traditional Knowledge Division)

Other confirmed speakers included:

  • Margo A. Bagley (Emory Univ. School of Law)
  • Ilanah Fhima (University College London)
  • Dev S. Gangjee (University of Oxford)
  • Francis Kariuki (Strathmore University / OpenAir Africa)
  • Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck, Univ. of London/l'Universita' degli Studi Roma Tre)
  • Anke Moerland (Maastricht Univ.)
  • J. Janewa Osei-Tutu (Florida International Univ.)
  • Maria Asunción Esteve Pardo (Univ. of Barcelona)
  • Christina Yan Zhang (The Metaverse Institute)
  • Andrea Zappalaglio (Univ of Sheffield)

The conference was a huge success attracting academics, practitioners and students from far and wide leading to a wealth of discussion around the conference's theme Intellectual Property and Sustainable living.

Hear from some of our speakers:



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