Sunday Surprises

It's World IP Day! And in celebration thereof, here are some special treats for you...

Traineeship and fellowship

A doctoral contract at Sciences Po Paris is available! This forms part of ANR-DFG’s (Agence nationale de la recherche and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) research project on the emergence of new intellectual property institutions in Europe. The project is entitled "Unified - Transnational institutionalization from interregional diversity: The emergence of the European Unified Patent Court" and will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2020. The requirements and other information are available here.

No plans for 2021 yet? Good news! The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking candidates for the World Trade Organization Young Professionals Programme for 2021. More information is available here.

Interested in conducting your PhD research on “The Blockchain Era and Mass Copyright Licensing: The Future of Enforcement”? If so, here is your chance. This project aims to provide practical solutions for industry in response to the issues of mass copyright licensing and security. Read more about this opportunity here.

Online workshops and webinars

Work Package 6 hosts an online workshop entitled “ReCreating Europe Webinar: Public and private regulatory framework of online intermediaries“ on the research methodology and outputs of the WP members on May 5, 2020. This forms part of the of the H2020 – ReCreating Europe project. More information is available here.

Join INTA on 27 April 2020 for a virtual roundtable discussion on “Being Part of the Solution: Brands Innovate for a Green Future”. The role brands can play in tackling the climate crisis will be discussed. More information is available here.

The WIPO Nigeria Office will hold a webinar, in collaboration with the INTA, on “An Executive Look at the Role of Trademark Law in Advancing a Green Future in Nigeria” on the 27th April 2020. Register here.

On the 28th April 2020 the WIPO Nigeria Office will hold a webinar in collaboration with the Nigerian Copyright Commission on “Strengthening Nigeria’s Creative Sector through Improved Rights for Artists and Performers”. This webinar is linked to the coming into effect of the Beijing Treaty in Nigeria on the 28th of April 2020. Register here.


On this World IP Day, Anand and Anand is bringing you a special message. View the message here.

The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) is bringing you interesting reading material whilst stuck at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak. JIPLP is releasing its IP round-ups 2019 in free access format for the next few weeks. Don’t miss out on this and access it here.

The EPO is pleased to announce a new call for proposals for funding under its Academic Research Programme. Under the programme, grants of up to EUR 100 000 are awarded in respect of selected proposals on patent-related matters. Apply for a grant here.

The World Intellectual Property Organization launched a new search functionality for its global patent database, PATENTSCOPE, to facilitate the location and retrieval of information contained in published patent documents that may be useful for innovators developing new technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this here.

The WIPO Nigeria Office launched a national intellectual property essay competition, open to registered students of all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. This competition will invite submissions on the topic “Making Innovation Work for a Green Future in Nigeria”. Competition details are available below. 

Sunday Surprises Sunday Surprises Reviewed by Magdaleen Jooste on Sunday, April 26, 2020 Rating: 5

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