European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN)

In 2004, the MIPLC became the fifth member of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN), joining together with the Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) at the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg; the Magister Lucentinus at the University of Alicante; the MAS in Intellectual Property at the ETH Zurich (discontinued as of 2010/11); and the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute at the University of London.

EIPIN had been created in 1999 to facilitate and increase cooperation among IP institutions and students in Europe. As one means to further this aim, the participating institutions organize a series of up to three conferences to which each institution sends students who are selected at the beginning of the academic year.

To prepare for the conferences, the students work in teams, ideally consisting of one student from each institution. The teams are given a variety of assignments, such as delivering presentations, participating in moot court competitions, and writing reports on some of the topics addressed at the conferences. The students' preparation prior to the conferences is done mainly by means of a "virtual classroom" website, on which the works-in-progress are posted. The teams are advised by Ph.D. students of the participating institutions.

Additionally, a series of EIPIN doctoral meetings was initiated in 2005 at which Ph.D. students of the participating institutions present and discuss their research.

Information about the EIPIN conferences is available at www.eipin.org.