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- IP and International Trade, on invitation

Organizers: Marco Grazzi, Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano (Italy) and Daniele Moschella, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy)

Summary: Intellectual Property (IP) rights and trade flows are deeply intertwined. This is supported both on the basis of theoretical and empirical ground. The direction of causality is not always easy to be singled out and most likely it runs in both directions over different time horizon. On the one side, higher IP protection in the destination countries of export might foster larger trade flows, as exporting firms bear a smaller risk of being imitated. On the other side, and probably on a longer time span, an increase in the size of the market, both in a given destination as well globally, is likely to increase the incentive of firms to invest in R&D, introduce new products and resort to IP. The works gathered in this proposed session contribute to the debate in different but complementary manners, by combining theoretical and empirical analyses on the relation between IP (both trademarks and patents) and international trade.The invited contributions are i) International trademarking and exports: A predictive analysis, by Stephen Petrie, Trevor Kollmann, Alexandru Codoreanu, Russell Thomson and Elizabeth Webster (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia); ii) Intellectual Property-Related Preferential Trade Agreements and the Composition of Trade, by Keith E. Maskus (University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Economics) and William Ridley (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics); iii) International Patenting with Heterogeneous Firms, by Nikolas Zolas (U.S. Census Bureau); iv) The effect of international patent protection on trade, by Gaétan de Rassenfosse (EPFL, Lausanne), Marco Grazzi (Univ. Cattolica, Milano), Daniele Moschella (Sant’Anna School, Pisa), Gabriele Pellegrino (EPFL, Lausanne).

Speakers: On invitation

- Intellectual Property for Sustainability Transitions, on invitation

Organizers: Dr Frank Tietze, Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) Lab, University of Cambridge (UK), Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (India), Dr Pratheeba Vimalnath, Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) Lab, University of Cambridge (UK)

Summary: The transition to global sustainable development is an urgent challenge. In 2015, countries globally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Effective transitions to sustainability require innovations with complex diffusion and adoption processes. The accompanied evolutionary technology development processes involve complex and intertwined IP related issues. The role of IP for effective transitions to sustainability however remains insufficiently understood. This session brings together partners from the IPACST project – IP Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions (www.ip4sustainability.org) involving leading IP and sustainability researchers from UK, German, Swedish and Indian universities. IPACST is a major, three-year international and interdisciplinary research project that started in 2018 and brings together the fields of sustainability, IP and innovation management, together with political sciences and engineering to transform our understanding of the role played by different Intellectual Property (IP) models in sustainability transitions. This project contributes to the integration of these fields through frameworks that conceptualize (i) which, (ii) how and under (iii) what conditions IP models accelerate sustainable transitions, in connection with sustainable business models and empirical analysis.

Speakers: On invitation