LEADING THEME AND TOPICS

IP IN DATA-DRIVEN ECONOMIES:
NEW CHALLENGES FOR LAW, ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

As a consequence of the accelerating digitization of almost every aspect of our daily live, the Governance and the legislation of intellectual property rights face profound transformation processes. These concern both the conditions and forms as well as the subjects of governance. While the territorial scope of norms often extends beyond the borders of nation states, their life spans seem to be shrinking. At the same time, novel questions regarding the competitive impact of regulations pertaining to data ownership, data access and data protection need to be addressed. The development of the Internet is both an outstanding example and an important driver of these processes. Eschewing national and international telecommunications policies, the Internet has been able to establish itself as a cross-border data network based on de-facto standards, enabling experiments with new forms of global coordination by non-governmental actors. Regulatory models in the digital sphere depend on multiple, in some cases competing forms, levels and loci of regulation, all of which are subject to continuous change.

In order to address these questions, the conference jointly organizes a special track and plenary sessions around the topic “IP in a data-driven economy: New challenges for law, economics and social sciences” with the Berlin-based Weizenbaum Institute for the networked Society – The German Internet Institute (https://vernetzung-und-gesellschaft.de/english/).

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.