From the Commercial Law Department of the University of Alicante we would like to thank all the contributors participating in the Seminar on convergence practices entitled: “Intellectual property in Europe: same rules, different practices?”. This event was organised as part of the Prometeo Project for Research Groups of Excellence of the Generalitat Valenciana.
The Seminar chaired by the Vice-Rector for International Relations and Development Cooperation, Rosa María Martínez Espinosa, and introduced by Pr. Jean-Gabriel Contamin, Dean of Lille Faculty of Law, brought together leading academic institutions and professionals in the field of Intellectual Property at national, European and international level. The activity has been framed within the Magister Lvcentinvs, specialised Master in Intellectual Property and Digital Innovation of the University of Alicante, and the Équipe de Recherche Appliquée au Droit Privé (LERADP) of the University of Lille, LAI LAC+ International Associated Laboratory (Lille-Alicante) and has had speakers from: the European Patent Office EPO, the European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO, the Community Plant Variety Office CPVO, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office OEPM, the Comisión Nacional de Mercados y de la Competencia CNMC, the Intellectual Property Group 3, the Intellectual Property Section of the Central UDEV in Madrid of the National Police, the International Centre for Intellectual Property Studies of Strasbourg CEIPI, the University of Rennes 2, the Commercial Law Department of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the firms Garrigues, Pinsent Masons, Baylos and Novagraaf.
The conference, which attracted more than two hundred participants, analysed the evolution and importance of convergence programmes in Intellectual Property in Europe.