Berlin, 5-6-7 September 2018

IP in data-driven economies:
new challenges for law, economics and social sciences



ESMT Berlin is proud to host the 2018 Annual Conference of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property).

The conference will open up in the late afternoon of Wednesday, September 5, and ends in the early afternoon of Friday, September 7.
It will bring together scholars, stakeholders and policy-makers for both theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented presentations and discussions.
It will preceded by a morning PhD workshop on the economics and law of patent processing (on September 5).

The conference will contain a special track of sessions around the topic “IP in a data-driven economy: New challenges for law, economics and social sciences” which is organized jointly with the Berlin based Weizenbaum Institute for the networked Society – The German Internet Institute (

Topics to be included in this track include:
> IP protection for big data: incentives or access barriers?
> Competition on data markets/access to data: rights and remedies
> Contracts on personal and big data: conditions and limits of a market model
> Technical safeguards for data sovereignty

In addition, and as in the past, the conference accommodates all themes concerning the economic, legal, social, political and historical aspects of intellectual property rights at national, European and international levels, as in the EPIP research tradition.

This year there is also a pre-conference workshop dedicated to geographical indications (GIs) on 4 September. It will focus on the empirical evidence about the impact of GIs on farmer income and regional prosperity. There will also be a presentation on GI culture in NE Asia, and another on ensuring adequate links between product, place and reputation. For further details see