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.