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 attended 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 Conference click here.