About

The creation, management and protection of IP, innovation, cultural heritage, and knowledge-related assets is at the forefront of today’s economic and public policy agendas of national governments in every country.  The IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Network is an initiative aimed at providing a forum for teachers and researchers studying and writing on Intellectual Property (IP) and Innovation related topics in and beyond Asia, to discuss their research and promote collaborations in teaching and research.

In particular, the mission of the IPIRA Network is to facilitate the creation of a community of teachers and researchers working in the IP and Innovation fields by connecting them and providing opportunities for collaborations; to assist researchers from Asia, and those interested in Asian Law, International Law, and Comparative Law to engage in research projects related to IP and Innovation topics; to support and promote the research of young scholars in Asia and beyond; to facilitate the collaboration between academics and researchers interested in IP and Innovation-related topics with international organizations, national governments, and NGOs in the region; to promote policy-oriented discussion involving officials and stakeholders in Asia and beyond, with a focus on innovation, sustainable development, and economic growth.

The IPIRA Network also seeks to promote collaborations between academic institutions in Asia and other universities and research centers worldwide. In this respect, the activities of the IPIRA Network include: the organization of the Annual IP & Innovation Researchers Asia (IPIRA) Conference in collaboration with universities in Asia and beyond Asia, and other international organizations, as well as  the facilitation of national workshops on topics of national and regional interest.

The First IPIRA Conference was held on 31 January – 1 February 2019 at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.  The Conference was followed by a Workshop for IP Teachers and Researchers that took place on 2 February 2019, also at IIUM.


Annual Conference

The IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Network organized the First IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Conference on 31 January – 1 February 2019 at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. In addition, the IPIRA Network organized a Workshop for IP Teachers and Researchers on 2 February 2019 to discuss research and teaching methodologies

The IPIRA Conference is an initiative created to provide a forum for academics and other researchers to present and discuss their papers and works-in-progress with colleagues from other universities, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The First IPIRA Conference was a collaboration between the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia; the WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), Texas A&M University School of Law, and the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva. The IPIRA Conference is modelled after the IP Researchers Europe (IPRE) Conference, a collaboration between the University of Geneva, WIPO, and WTO.

The scientific organizers of the First IPIRA Conference were: Ida Madieha Abdul Ghani Azmi (Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia), Irene Calboli (Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law; Visiting Professor, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University), Sherif Saadallah (Executive Director, WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization), Antony Taubman (Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, World Trade Organization), and Jacques de Werra (Professor and Vice-Rector, University of Geneva).

Over 150 scholars  from different countries in Asia, Europe and North America and Australia gathered in Kuala Lumpur, for the First IPIRA Conference.  The various sessions of the Conference focused on a variety of topics, from Trademarks, to Patents, AI & New Technologies, Copyrights, Access to Medicines, Standard Essential Patents, Geographical Indications, IPRs & Trade, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge. The First IPIRA Conference also featured two plenary sessions. The first session focused on the relationship between academic research and teaching and policy making and the importance of connecting the academic community with the policy markers both at the international and national level. The second plenary session discussed the challenges and opportunities for IP teaching and researching.

The Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia, Professor Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, delivered the opening remarks to the First IPIRA Conference. The Malaysian Minister of Trade and Consumer Affair, Seri Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, delivered a Keynote presentation on the importance of IP for innovation and economic progress. The Chairman of the Malaysian IP Office (MyIPO), Dr. Rozhan Othman, and the Director General of MyIPO accompanied the Minister. Finally, Dr. Shahidah Bt Shariff, Chief Executive Officer, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) Research Sdn. Bhd., delivered a Keynote presentation during the Conference Dinner..

The Second IPIRA Conference will be hosted in early 2020. Additional information about the venue, the date, and the call for papers will be available soon.

For the full program of the First IPIRA Conference and the Workshop for IP Teachers and Researchers click here.

For the list and bios of the presenters to the First IPIRA Conference click here.

For the abstracts of the works-in-progress presented at the First IPIRA Conference click here.

Members

A list of the members of the IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Network will be added shortly. If you are interested in becoming a member see the “Join the Network” page and follow the instructions as indicated.

Resources and Initiatives

A list of resources for the members of the IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia Network will be added shortly.

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Academics and researchers from universities and research centers with an interest in Asian, International, and Comparative Law, including Ph.D. candidates, are welcome to join the IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Network.

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