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Symposium: European Intellectual Property and its Limits

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 10.00-18.00 – Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre.

Inaugural Symposium of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Intellectual Property and Information Rights

Intellectual property rights have been at the centre of the European agenda for decades and continue to be subject to intense legislative and judicial scrutiny. Recent long-waited achievements include the unitary patent and the unified patent court, the completion of the EU trade mark reform package, and the approval of the highly contentious directive on copyright in the digital single market. These developments are usually accompanied by great expectations as to their effects on the European information society and economy. Indeed, intellectual property rights seem to be perceived as the key legislative instrument to stimulate innovation and creativity, to foster fairness and equity in the markets, to promote consumer welfare and wellbeing, and to fuel economic growth in all the many areas of the internal market. But are these expectations justified in today’s information- and knowledge-based economy? Or do we invest intellectual property rights with goals that they do not and cannot accomplish? – namely, goals that may be better achieved by different legal instruments, or by means other than law, or even by leaving market forces, business practices and wider cultural practices to operate without interference? Is it possible that today’s information society and economy present problems to which intellectual property rights are neither the better nor the only solution?

The Symposium addresses these questions from the angles of the many interests and rights addressed by European intellectual property.

Programme and speakers

9.30 – Registration

10.00 – Introduction and preliminary remarks

10.15 – Expanding the scope of IP protection: new rights, new subject matter

11.35 – Break

12.00 – The regulation of internet platforms (panel sponsored by CREATe, University of Glasgow)

13.20 – Lunch

14.30 – Harmonization in progress and the challenge of future-proof lawmaking

15.50 – Break

16.15 – Rethinking free uses

17.40 – Concluding remarks

18.00 – End

The programme will be available soon. Confirmed speakers include: Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), Roger Brownsword (King’s College and Bournemouth University), Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University, Belfast), Ben Farrand (Warwick University), Christophe Geiger (University of Strasbourg), Martin Husovec (University of Tilburg), Stavroula Karapapa (University of Reading), Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow), Luke MacDonagh (City University of London), Thomas Margoni (University of Glasgow), Guy Pessach (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Ana Ramalho (University of Maastricht), Philip Schlesinger (University of Glasgow), Ruth Towse (Bournemouth University).

Venue and accommodation

The Executive Business Centre is located in Bournemouth, at 5 minutes walk from the train and bus station. When leaving the station, head to “Town Centre” and “Seafront”. You will see the building on your left (directions here).

Trains from London leave at every hour (.05) and half-past hour (.35) from Waterloo Station, and take about 2 hours (direction: Weymouth or Poole). (See train times and tickets here or here).

If you arrive by car, please ask the organizers to book a parking space for you at the Executive Business Centre.

The lovely seaside resort of Bournemouth offers a broad variety of accommodation. The following are in close range from the Executive Business Centre:

The Miramar Hotel

The Green House Hotel

Ramada Encore Hotel

Best Western Hotel Royale


The event is free to attend, however spaces are limited and registration is required. Please reserve your place via Eventbrite by clicking here:


For more details and for information about travel and accommodation please email Maurizio Borghi <> or Sally Weston <>