8 September 2021, Madrid

The European Policy for Intellectual Property Association – EPIP – supports the attendance of PhD students in the field to its annual conferences through reduced registration fees. In addition, as in previous editions, a PhD workshop at no extra cost for all registered students will be held on 8 September 2021 as part of the EPIP2021 conference.

As for the conference, we aim to organize a hybrid workshop, in which speakers and attendees will participate both from the Madrid conference venue and online.  If developments in the coming months will not allow such a hybrid format, the workshop will be fully online. 


Participation to the PhD workshop is free of charge for students registered to the main conference. Registration to the workshop, through the main conference registration form, is nevertheless mandatory.

Please note that students who did not submit a proposal to be considered in Part 3 (student’s projects) are also welcome to register, and to attend Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop.

Registration will open SOON at https://epip2021.org/registration/

Support from USPTO is gratefully acknowledged.


→ 8:30-9:00  Registration

→ 9:00  Welcome by the organisers: Laurie Ciaramella and Valerio Sterzi

9:05  Introductory words by Andrew Toole, USPTO Chief Economist

→ 9:15 — Part 1. Masterclass Session

10:45 — Break

11:00 — Part 2. Development Workshop

12:00 — Part 3. Students’ projects

13:30-14:30 — Lunch

The EPIP PhD Workshop 2021 will be divided into three parts: it will encompass a masterclass session, a session during which the students will receive career advice and a session where they will present and receive feedback on their work. 

In the first part of the workshop students will be introduced to the latest research on the economics and legal aspects of IP in a masterclass of theory and practice. The second part will include a development workshop where a panel of legal and economic experienced scholars will discuss general career options for young scholars in the field of IP. The third part will provide selected students with the opportunity to discuss their previously-submitted work with senior scholars.


Students interested in presenting their research during the third part of the workshop should submit their projects by email to phdworkshop@epip2021.org by 1 June 2021 to have their work considered in the discussions. The announcement of selection for students’ projects groups will published on 15 June 2021. Research projects in their early stages are particularly welcome.

Applications should include:

1. A short CV of the applicant. 

2. A cover page with title and authors of the proposed paper or research proposal. 

3. A one-page abstract containing a statement of research objectives AND a brief illustration of the research method and of the expected results. 

For any question about the workshop, please contact: phdworkshop@epip2021.org