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European Intellectual Property Institutes Network - Innovation Society

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EIPIN IS (European Intellectual Property Institutes Network - Innovation Society)

Reporting period: 2017-03-01 to 2019-02-28

“EIPIN-Innovation Society is a comprehensive project at the forefront of multidisciplinary research, examining the role of intellectual property (IP) as a complex adaptive system in innovation. The fourth industrial revolution will not only result in the need for cooperation between widely divergent scientific fields and industrial actors, but will also have a great impact on labour and society.

The ambition of the EIPIN-Innovation Society project is to enhance Europe’s capacity to foster innovation-based sustainable economic growth globally. The primary research objective of the programme is to provide political leaders and stakeholders reliable conclusions and recommendations in the form of doctoral IP research on how to deal with the adaptive complexities of innovation cycles that secure economic benefits and uphold justice and social cohesion in the innovation society.

Within EIPIN-Innovation Society, fifteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are trained to present their research findings on a number of topics of great societal interest, and to guide inventors and entrepreneurs through the lifecycle of IP-intensive assets that takes human creativity into the marketplace. The programme ultimately leads to the award of a joint or double doctoral degree for the ESRs concerned. Five academic partners (universities) and fifteen non-academic partner organizations are involved in the project.”
The kick-off meeting was held on 17-18 March 2017 at the UM Campus in Brussels. At that meeting, agreement was reached on the composition of the Supervisory Board, Academic Board and External Advisory Board, and the EIPIN-IS Consortium Agreement was signed by all. The public website ( and Virtual Research Environment (intranet) were presented to the participants and a project manager was appointed.

In the months following the kick-off meeting, the 15 ESRs were recruited, who all started their research in September 2017. At the same time, programmes for the first training sessions were drafted and discussed by the Academic Board members, and Doctoral Candidate Agreements were concluded between the academic partners in relation to the joint or double doctorate degrees.

All training activities were organized according to the original time plan. The first training session was held on 2-6 October 2017 in Maastricht and included Skills 1 (Getting Started) and a Getting to Know Each Other Day. The second training sessions, Skills 2 (IP Moot Court), were again organized by Maastricht University and took place in Hong Kong and Macao in the period 30 October - 8 November 2017. The third training sessions, Methods 1 (Legal Research & Writing) were organized in Maastricht on 23-24 January 2018, just before the EIPIN conference of 25-27 January, held at Maastricht University. Further Methods training sessions focused on Core Social Science Research Methods (Methods 2, London, 4-6 June 2018) and Intellectual Property and Economic Theory (Methods 3, Munich, 3-4 September 2018). Also, a Literature Seminar was organized (Methods 4, Munich, 5-6 September 2018). Most recently, Skills 3 (Presenting and Publishing) was held at the University of Alicante on 22-23 January 2019.

Three doctoral seminars will be organized during the running time of EIPIN-Innovation Society. During the first doctoral seminar in Strasbourg (25-28 April 2018), the presentation and discussion of each ESR topic focused on the research question and methodology. Having taken into account the evaluations carried out for each training, the second (April 2019) and third (April 2020) doctoral seminars will reserve more time for each topic, in order to facilitate an even deeper discussion.

All 15 ESRs have participated in the entire training program so far. In the case of Skills 2 there were also 14 external participants. Programmes of all training activities, including names of speakers, are available at the EIPIN-Innovation Society website.

ESRs presented their first and second half-yearly reports in 2018, on the basis of which the progress of the individual research projects can be assessed. These reports are confidential and available to the PO via SyGMa. The third round of half-yearly reports were presented in March 2019, followed by a mid-term review.
Socio-economic Impact and Wider Societal Implications of the EIPIN Innovation Society Project

Expected Results
EIPIN-Innovation Society is a project first of its kind in terms of providing a comprehensive joint PhD programme on the role of intellectual property as a complex adaptive system in innovation. As such it provides a transferrable template for joint PhD programmes, will yield fifteen PhD theses on the subject of intellectual property and innovation, as well as public lectures, conferences and a number of publications. All information and publications are and will be available through open access on the public website ( Some ESRs have been and will continue to be ambassadors of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action during their current and future professional life.

Resulting Progress Beyond the State of the Art
Two ESRs were prize winners (4iP Council Research award 2018 and CEPS’ Youth Essay Competition Prize 2018), allowing their research to be noted as excellent and to be widely disseminated by policy-advising organisations at the international and European level. Also, several ESRs presented their research to stakeholder companies like Roche, J&J, Novartis, Bayer, BMS, Merck, MSD etc. Besides interviewing experts at the companies, they got the chance to present their projects and hold discussions in formats like group discussions, round-table meetings, informal lunch meetings, etc. These meetings allowed important private sector actors to become aware of and discuss the perspective taken by EIPIN Innovation Society researchers. Furthermore, EIPIN Innovation Society researchers were in direct contact with policy makers, in particular from the European Patent Office, DG GROW, DG Connect and DG TRADE, and the Consejo Regulador I.G.P. Jijona y Turron of Alicante. These discussions and meetings were particularly useful in order to directly address policy priorities and points of disagreement and agreement with private sector needs.
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