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Sixth Edition of IPIRA Conference Goes Big

January 26, 2024

A record-breaking 250 academic researchers attended the sixth edition of the Intellectual Property and Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Conference on January 18 and 19, 2024 at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The IPIRA Conference brings together researchers primarily focused on intellectual property (IP) and innovation-related topics in Asia to present their works in-progress to fellow academics, senior scholars, and officials from international organizations for feedback and dialogue.

Participants and organizers of the 6th edition of the IP and Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Conference held at the Foreign Trade University in Viet Nam from January 18 to 19, 2024 (Image: Foreign Trade University)

What did the IPIRA Conference cover?

The participants used the unique networking and learning opportunity at the IPIRA Conference to present and discuss 170 research papers on topics such as:

  • IP, innovation and international trade;
  • AI, digital copyright and IP protection in the metaverse;
  • Trademarks, patents, geographic indications, and traditional knowledge;
  • IP, fashion and cultural appropriation; and
  • IP financing and management.

Mr. Hasan Kleib, WIPO Deputy Director General of the Regional and National Development Sector gave the plenary keynote at the end of the first day of the Conference, where he focused on WIPO capacity building and knowledge transfer.

(Image: WIPO/Berrod)

I note the rich plethora of research papers presented at this Conference from managing innovation, artificial intelligence, public health, to IP and financing, digital copyright, new frontiers of trademark law, and gender and morality. As you delve into the many aspects of these issues and evolutions, I urge you to keep at the forefront of your minds this indispensable chain – between technology adoption, intellectual property and women and men everywhere. For it is this chain which answers the question – ‘how can we support countries at all stages of development to participate in and share the benefits of innovation.

Mr. Hasan Kleib, WIPO Deputy Director General of the Regional and National Development Sector

Who organized the Conference?

The IPIRA Conference was organized by the IPIRA Network in cooperation with the WIPO Academy, World Trade Organization (WTO), the Foreign Trade University, and the following academic institutions:

What our participants are saying?

(Image: Miranda Risang Ayu Palar)

The IPIRA 2024 Conference, like the previous IPIRA Conferences, was an excellent event for IP experts, academics, researchers, and professionals to explore and discuss current and cross-cutting issues on IP rights in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The presence of experts from many countries and prominent international organizations who delivered their profound, comprehensive and inspiring ideas makes the IPIRA Conference exceptional and worth to be conducted continuously.

Miranda Risang Ayu Palar, Director of the Intellectual Property Center on Regulation and Application Studies, Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
(Image: Thailand Development Research Institute)

IPIRA stands as a vibrant hub of innovative thinking and academic excellence. It's a dynamic forum where fresh ideas are shared and cultivated, fostering a rich academic environment. The network I've developed through IPIRA is invaluable, connecting me with leading minds and innovators in the field of IP rights. This unique combination of intellectual engagement and collaborative networking is what truly sets IPIRA apart as a pivotal platform for those dedicated to the field of intellectual property and innovation.

Saliltorn Thongmeensuk, Research Fellow in Digital Law and Infrastructure Regulation, Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand
(Image: Neetha Mohan)

It was intellectually enriching to hear and learn from colleagues from different parts of Asia (and beyond!) at the 6th IPIRA Conference. The discussions highlighted many common challenges and questions, showing many opportunities for mutual learning within Asia. I hope to see many more such conversations.

Arul George Scaria, Associate Professor of Law, National Law School of India University, India

(Image: Anurita Yadav)

This was the first time I took part in the IPIRA Conference. I am excited to have met so many respected scholars from all over the world. Everything we shared--the presentations, discussions, and feedback on our papers--was excellent and inspiring. I look forward to continuing to be involved in the IPIRA Conference in the future!

Ma Biyu, Associate Professor, Yunnan University, China


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