Trade, Sustainability and Intellectual Property Rights


A Conference arranged by researchers at LU IP. LU IP consists of researchers in Media, Information, Technology and Intellectual Property Law at Lund University, Sweden.

Welcome to the conference "Trade, Sustainability and Intellectual Property Rights".

Register by 15.00 (CET) on Friday 10 December.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) – such as patents, designs, trademarks and copyright – are essential for the European Economy. Around 80% of EU imports and exports are generated by IPR-intensive industries, such as the pharmaceutical and high technology sectors, the media industry and emerging industries based on innovation in the service sector. IPRs are also held to be important for sustainable development.

The conference has an international approach. It brings together speakers from a diverse range of countries and covers a spectrum of legal and economic topics. Themes covered at the conference include the role of IP to protect and access green technology; smart cities, data protection and digital access; IP and global health; IP and access to information, knowledge and cultural heritage; protections on biodiversity; as well as geographical indications as a part of sustainable development.

It is possible to participate in the conference either on site at the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), or online via Zoom. The conference is free of charge.


Conference Program 13th of December 2021

08:30 - 09:00 | Registration

09:00 - 9:10 Welcome and introduction
Mats Benner, Professor, Dean of LUSEM, Lund University
Jörgen Hettne, Professor, Head of Department of Business Law at LUSEM and Director of Centre for European Studies at Lund University (CFE).

Session I

09:10 | A travel from Berne and Paris via the TRIPS agreement; what is the road ahead for international norms on IPRs?
Johan Axhamn, Senior Lecturer, Jur Dr. LU IP Researcher Department of Business Law, LUSEM, Lund University.

09:30 | IP and Basic Human Needs: Towards a Sustainability Dimension in International IP Law
Laurent Manderieux, Professor of Intellectual Property Law Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. Associate Professor, Senghor University of Francophonie.

09:50 | Lessons from the IP Waiver Proposals Under the TRIPS Agreement (Online).
Duncan Matthews, Professor Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK.
Timo Minssen, Professor, Jur. Dr. Managing Director Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

10:30 - 11:00 | Discussion Session I

11:00 - 11:20 | Coffee

Session II

11:20 | Teaching and learning of IPRs as a tool for furthering sustainable development, including in least developed countries: Experiences from the Swedish Intellectual Property Office (Online)
Mats Nordenborg, Director International Capacity Development, Swedish Intellectual Property Office.

11:40 | Trade deals and disputes – copyright as a possible model? (Online)
Alison Firth, Professor Emerita, University of Surrey; visiting professor, Newcastle Law School; visiting faculty, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, UK.

12:00 | Embedding sustainability into IPR infringement doctrines - circular economy and exclusive rights
Taina E Pihlajarinne, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland.

12:20 - 12:40 | Discussion Session II

12:40 - 13:30 | Lunch

Session III

13:30 | Intellectual Property and technology innovation in the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Dr. Susan Isiko Štrba, Senior Research and Policy Advisor, International Lawyers and Economists for Development.

13:50 | Intellectual property rights, technology development and market dynamics in the renewable energy sector
Inger Berg Ørstavik, Professor Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

14:10 | Data, immaterial rights and a quest for sustainability
Ana Nordberg, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer LU IP Researcher Faculty of Law, Lund university.

14:30 - 14:45 | Discussion Session III

14:45 - 15:30 | Coffee and Lucia

Session IV – Chair

15:30 | IPR and technology transfer
Peter Gottschalk, Senior Lecturer, Jur Dr. LU IP Researcher Department of Business Law, LUSEM, Lund University.

15:50 | Geographical Indications in International Trade Agreements: a Tool or a Toll for Economic Development?
Gabriele Gagliani, Lecturer, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

16:10 | Trade and Geographical Indications for Wines and Spirits (Online)
Nicolas Binctin, Professor Faculty of Law of the University of Poitiers, France.

16:30 - 16:50 | Discussion Session III

16:50 - 17:00 | Concluding Remarks
Ulrika Wennersten, Senior Lecturer, Jur. Dr. LU IP Researcher Department of Business Law, LUSEM, Lund University.

This conference is arranged with the support of Centre for European Studies (CFE) at Lund University.

13 December 2021


Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum EC2
Ole Römers väg 6
223 63 Lund


Registration closed.


Senior Lecturer Ulrika Wennersten