We invite contributions to the 3rd workshop of the ERC-funded project PASSIM (Patents as Scientific Information, 1895–2020), in collaboration with The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP).
Deadline is soon: October 30, 2021
Dates: May 16–18, 2022 Venue: Norrköping, Sweden Call closes: October 30, 2021 Proposal format: 500 Word proposal/200 Word bio Submit to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Although legal historians and humanities scholars have studied patent law and its histories beyond their economic effects, it is surprising that they have devoted less attention to their military entanglements. The workshop welcomes papers on patents, relating to the theme of ‘war and peace’. In this sense, patents are understood as both legal documents and property rights, and conceptualised in a variety of disciplinary ways, ranging from legal tools to secure economic monopolies, to ‘weapons’ protecting national interests. In so doing, the workshop aims to explore patents as devices that create and redistribute power, and as active protagonists fuelling and constituting so-called “patent wars”.
Machines of Law and Intellectual Property as Legal Machinery.
20 June 2022
BST 12.00-12.15; CET 13:00-13:15; EST 7.00-7.15; PST 7.00-7.15; AEST 21.00-21.15 Welcome, Organisers.
BST 12.15-13.00; CET 13:15-14:00; EST 7.15-8.00; AEST 21.15-22.00 Devaluing Trademarks in an AI Driven Marketplace, Christine Haight Farley. Commentator: Marc Stuhldreier. Chair: Matilda Arvidsson.
BST 13.15-14.00; CET 14:15-15:00; EST 8.15-9.00; PST 5.15-6.00; AEST 22.15-23.00 Human Labour and AI Creativity: Beyond the Author/Tool Dichotomy, Kristofer Erickson. Commentator: Ulf Petrusson. Chair: Véronique Pouillard.
BST 14.15- 15.45; CET 15:15-16:45; EST 9.15-10.45; PST 6.00-7.45; AEST 23.00-00.45 Technologies of Peace: Enemy Patents, Custodial Functions, and the Interwar Construction of Security, Anna Saunders.
UNESCO on the Stage: UNESCO and Algerian Performers Approaching the Rome Convention, Minja Mitrovic.
Chair: Shane Burke.
16:45-17:45 Mingle event.
21 JUNE 2022
BST 8.15-9.00; CET 9:15-10:00; EST 3.15-4.00 PST 0.15-1.00; AEST 17.15-18.00 Artefactual history of copyright’s subject matter, Ewa Laskowska-Litak. Commentator: Kathy Bowrey. Chair: Martin Fredriksson.
BST 9.15-10.00; CET 10:15-11:00; EST 4.15-5.00; PST 1.15-2.00; AEST 18.15-19.00
Hovering between institutions: Negotiating bureaucracies and the harmonization of intellectual property in a European context, Marius Buning. Commentator: Fiona Macmillan. Chair: Merima Bruncevic.
BST 10.15-11.00; CET 11:15-12:00; EST 5.15-6.00; PST 2.15-3.00; AEST 19.15-20.00 Replicability Crisis and Intellectual Property Law, Ofer Tur-Sinai & Or Cohen Sasson. Commentator: Gabriel Galvez-Behar. Chair: Frantzeska Papadopoulou.
BST 12.30-13.15; CET 13:30-14:15; EST 7.30-8.15; PST 4.30-5.15; AEST 21.30-22.15 Inking IP: Tattoo Machines & Law-Making, Melanie Stockton-Brown. Commentator: Jeanne Fromer. Chair: José Bellido.
BST 13.15-14.00; CET 14:15-15:00; EST 8.15-9.00; PST 5.15-6.00; AEST 22.15-23.00 Machines, surveillance and forced labour, Johanna Dahlin. Commentator: Stina Teilmann Lock. Chair: Kara Swanson.
BST 14.15-15.45; CET 15:15-16:45; EST 9.15-10.45; PST 6.15-7.45; AEST 23.15-00.45 Emergent Spaces of the Mechanical Author: Ernst Krenek and Interwar Mechanical-Musical Rights, Johan Larson Lindal.
Looming Questions: Could an Indian Weaver Patent a Loom in the Early-Twentieth, Subhadeep Chowdhury.
Chair: Marta Iljadica.
BST 16.00-17.00; CET 17:00-18:00; EST 11.00-12.00; PST 8.00-9.00; AEST 1.00-2.00 Governing board only, Board meeting.
22 June 2022
BST 9.00-9.45; CET 10:00-10:45; EST 4.00-4.45; PST 1.00-1.45; AEST 18.00-18.45 The Machinery of Creation. Oulipo Poetry, Copyright & Rules of Constraint, Kathy Bowrey and Janet Chan. Commentator: Eva Hemmungs Wirtén. Chair: Marius Buning.
BST 10.00-11.30; CET 11:00-12:30; EST 5.00-6.30; PST 2.00-3.30; AEST 19.00-20.30 The voice and the machine: Performing music and theatre on the early radio (1921-1928), Anna Marie Skråmestø Nesheim.
Towards Innovations in Intellectual Property Studies: Using Topic Modeling to Explore the Limits of Copyright Law, Jamaica Jones.
Chair: Hyo Yoon Kang.
BST 11.40-12.15; CET 12:40-13:15; EST 6.40-7.15; PST 3.40-4.15; AEST 20.40-21.15 Closing remarks, Organisers/Ulf Petrusson.
The workshop is hosted by Merima Bruncevic and the Center for Intellectual Property at the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Machines of Law and Intellectual Property as Legal Machinery
20-22 June 2022
The 13th Annual Workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) will be hosted by Center for Intellectual Property at the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The workshop will have a hybrid form, meaning we will cater for both physical and online participation.
We are going to be exploring themes connected to machines in and of law, specifically how law in general, and intellectual property law in particular, can be, and are, affected by machines and by machinic agencies. Machines and machinery resonate across the IP spectrum and across disciplines, from early modern innovations to the contemporary challenges of artificial intelligence. We are especially interested in papers that explore historical and contemporary connotations that encourage disciplinary self-reflexivity and conversations. Interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged, particularly with respect to:
legal subjecthood e.g. technologically augmented human beings as well as non-human, less-than-human and more-than-human agencies;
materialities e.g. legal classification, administration, properties;
practices e.g. creative and scientific, information management, knowledge circulation, sharing; and
conceptions ofrights and domain e.g. IP Constitutionalism, private power etc.
We invite participants to discuss how machines have influenced and challenged regulation over time. It could both be a matter of exploring contemporary challenges to law, speculative or artistic approaches or responses to machine regulation, as well as historical and theoretical discussions on the broad theme of law and machines. We particularly invite contributions on:
creation: e.g. automatic cultural production and invention
immaterial labour: e.g. immaterial machinic production, decision making and creativity
agency: e.g. machinic rights, responsibility and sustainability, artificial intelligence
jurisdiction: e.g. decentralisation, territoriality, smart or technologically intensified spaces
law as machine: e.g. systemic boundaries, ontologies of IP law, convergences of public and private regulation
social engineering in the service of IP objectives: e.g. public goals and constitutionalism, dehumanisation of decision-making, trolls, bots, etc.
Guidelines for contributors
We welcome papers from all academic disciplines. Papers that address this call from an historical, artistic or theoretical perspective are particularly welcomed, as are contributions from scholars working across disciplines or using speculative and alternative methods. Established and junior scholars are encouraged to submit papers.
Proposers should be aware that authors (except for PhD students) do not present their own papers at ISHTIP workshops. Rather, a discussant, normally from a discipline other than the home discipline of the author, presents a brief summary and critique of papers to facilitate a more interdisciplinary discussion and build scholarly discourse across disciplines.
To allow this, complete papers must be submitted by 10 May 2022. The papers should not have been previously published.
To be considered for the workshop, please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper as well as a one-paragraph bio and 2-page CV by 30 January 2022 by email to: email@example.com
Date for Submission of proposals:30 January 2022
Expected Date for notification of acceptance: 10 March 2022
ISHTIP members Prof Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds), Dr Hyo Yoon Kang (Kent Law School), Dr Luke McDonagh (London School of Economics), along with Dr Aisling McMahon (Maynooth University) and Dr Siva Thambisetty (London School of Economics) have drafted an open letter signed by over 100 IP academics in support of the Indian and South African proposal for temporary TRIPS waiver “as a necessary and proportionate legal measure towards the clearing of existing intellectual property barriers to scaling up of production of COVID-19 health technologies in a direct, consistent and effective fashion”.
Drawing upon the history and theory of intellectual property, the letter acknowledges that patents have never been absolute rights. They are monopoly rights granted to serve the public interest. Patents “ must not be allowed to stand in the way of measures designed to make accessible the health technologies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, where universal global access is essential for the global public good.”
Monopolies over tacit and informal information, are also implicated in the current lack of global capacity for vaccine production and other health technologies, as well as in enabling their inequitable distribution.
The letter calls on the governments of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the European Union to drop their opposition at the World Trade Organisation and to support the TRIPS waiver proposal.
You can read the full letter and list of signatories here:
Co-hosted by Center for Social Critiques of Law, Kent Law School and
International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP)
Panelists: Graham Dutfield (Leeds) Hyo Yoon Kang (Kent) Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck) Luke McDonagh (LSE) Aisling McMahon (Maynooth) Alain Pottage (Kent/ SciencesPo) Els Torreele (UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose)
Traditionally IP law, and patent law in particular, had been regarded a legal technical and technocratic subfield. This panel discussion intends to review and discuss the state of the IP scholarship and pedagogy in light of the fissures within the field that have been laid bare at least since the so-called “TRIPS IP waiver” discussion.
Over the course of the pandemic, issues around intellectual property law, especially regarding monopoly rights and trade secrets around the Covid-19 vaccine, have been problematised in general media. These have often centered around the ongoing battle for TRIPS IP waiver since October 2020.
Amidst the ongoing discussions, intellectual property law and particularly patent law, have been catapulted into the public eye. After US threw in its limited support, there has been a divergence of perspectives on the Waiver proposal argued by IP scholars, both in favour and against the proposal and its significance.
Diverse approaches to IP law and its purpose within the scholarship are not new. The current crystallisation of IP law’s current role in the prolonging of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, affords an apt opportunity to take review the scholarly field of of intellectual property law itself and its political and social role.
The panel will discuss existing IP law scholarship and pedagogy, identifying their epistemological and ontological foundations, methodologies, and their relation to the current political economy. It will critically assess the past and present of the IP scholarly field and offer some thoughts for its improvement.
May 20 BST 11am/CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/EST 6am/AEST 8pm
‘Cultural Heritage and IP’, Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck) in conversation with Jose Bellido (Kent) and Kathy Bowrey (UNSW)
The encounter between creativity and cultural production, on the one hand, and legal regulation, on the other, demonstrates the systemic and conceptual limits of the law. It raises a host of questions that traverse – in multiple senses and contexts – distinctions between things like public and private, property and the commons, individual and community, product and process, idea and expression, tangible and intangible, movable and immovable, conservation and destruction, authentic and fake, and, perhaps most fundamentally, nature and culture. This book is about these binary distinctions – about how they hold and how they do not hold – in the context of the legal regimes governing copyright and cultural heritage. While the book argues that these two legal regimes are held together by a common approach to these binary distinctions, they are also held apart by their dominant frames of reference. While copyright as a private property right locates all relationships in the context of the market, the context of cultural heritage relationships is the community, of which the market forms a part but does not – or, at least, should not – control the whole. The current international law concept of cultural heritage, however, is weakened and hollowed out by a fossilized vision of heritage that is not up to the task of resisting the constant impositions of the market. The book proposes a radicalized concept of cultural heritage/property that locates and regulates cultural production within the dynamic and mutually constitutive process of community formation. Only such a concept, the book argues, will provide a basis for resisting the reduction of everything to its value in the market, for resisting the commodification, and creeping propertization, of all our cultural production.
Fiona Macmillan is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Roma Tre and the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a member of the ISHTIP Executive Committee. Her new book, Intellectual and Cultural Property. Between Market and Community, was published by Routledge, 2021.
Jose Bellido is Reader in Law at Kent University. He is a member of the ISHTIP Governing Board and a PASSIM project team member.
Kathy Bowrey is Professor at the Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales and Co-Director, ISHTIP. She is a Visiting Scholar, State Library of NSW (2021) and Research Fellow, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia.
May 4 BST 10am/CET 11am/Pacific 2am/EST 5am/ AEST 7pm
‘Patent Capital in the Covid-19 Pandemic’, Hyo Yoon Kang (Kent) in conversation with Mario Biagioli (UCLA) and Javier Lezaun (Oxford)
In the present pandemic, there has been increased public interest and media reporting on intellectual property, in particular patents and know-how, in relation to the vaccine and other medicines against Covid-19. The WTO is still considering the proposed waiver of TRIPS related enforcement of intellectual property rights in Covid-19 medicines. Such an interest in the purpose and effects of patent rights has also been accompanied by some misunderstandings and misleading polemics.
Drawing on her recent writing about ‘Patent Capital in the Covid-19 Pandemic’ as a starting point, Hyo Yoon Kang will be in conversation with Mario Biagioli and Javier Lezaun. In light of the current extraordinary mobilisation of scientific, technical and financial resources, the panel will discuss the justification for patents and the notions of commons and publics, and consider them within the interdisciplinary intellectual property, science and technology studies scholarships.
Hyo Yoon Kang is Reader in Law at University of Kent. She leads Kent Law School as a project partner in the ERC PASSIM project.
Mario Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of Law and Communication at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the ISHTIP Advisory Board.
Javier Lezaun is Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford.
22 April BST 11am/CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/EST 6am/AEST 8pm
‘Commodification of creativity’, Kathy Bowrey (UNSW) in conversation with Martin Fredriksson (Linköping) and Brad Sherman (Uni of Queensland)
There is an enduring and wide-reaching interest in understanding how copyright interacts with creativity, free speech, national cultures and new technologies. Without tracing the incorporation of authorship into the actual business practices of the global book, music and film industries we can’t begin to fully appreciate creator investments in copyright philosophy. How was the author’s right to intangible property as established in the 19th century so effectively mobilised by multinational corporations to create the modern cultural industries of the 20th century? Despite the image projected in advocacy that highlighted the benefits of copyright to all in the abstract, not all writers exploited copyright in the same manner or had access to the same social privileges, though standard forms of exploitation did emerge. To understand why some benefited and why others did less well, the relevance of writers’ different personalities, personal objectives, knowledge, experience, social networks and fortunes needs to be taken into account, but these factors play out differently depending upon genre, anticipated market, commodity forms and geographical location. Change in the significance of copyright and better outcomes for creators can come about when the value of authorship is reconsidered in light of a deeper understanding of how law functions in the cultural marketplace. It is hoped that readers of this book will support this endeavour by drawing upon a more critical understanding of copyright’s history in the 20th century and, in helping shift how relationships between art, law and society are perceived, deliver more control over creative lives than was evident in the previous century.
We invite contributions to the workshop “Patents as Capital,” which forms the 2nd workshop of the ERC- funded project PASSIM (Patents as Scientific Information, 1895-2020), in collaboration with The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP).
Dates: 8-10 September 2020 Venue: Nobel Museum, Stockholm, SWEDEN Call closes: 14 February 2020 Proposal format: 500 Word proposal/200 Word bio Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patents are regarded as central techniques and indicators of value in the ‘knowledge economy’ by linking
immaterial knowledge to capital. In intellectual property scholarship, particularly that approaches law
as economics or as a regulatory tool, patents are commonly studied as means of commercial and economic
strategies. But this focus leaves out the other ways in which patents act as both instruments and
representations of diverse kinds of capital: intellectual, cultural, scientific and financial
capital(s). The concrete processes by which patents are implicated in and give rise to various practices of
capitalisation and valuation remain relatively underexplored. Rather than equating patent with value, or
presuming that patents generate intellectual capital, this workshop aims to examine and delineate the
workings of patents as capital in their multiple manifestations: as personal privilege, scientific credit, cultural
symbol, instrument of credibility and as financial proxies. These are only examples of the queries that we
would like to discuss.We welcome cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions
that problematise and analyse the promises and failings of patents as capital and that study the role of
patents in such capitalisation processes.
We will give preference to unpublished papers that seek substantive feedback from participants of the workshop. PASSIM will cover the travel and accommodation cost of the selected participants.
Any questions can be directed to the organizers of the workshop:
PASSIM is a five-year (2017-2022) project funded by an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (741095) to Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Linköping University, Sweden, PASSIM focuses on the “openness” aspect of patents, considering their role as technoscientific documents in the history of information and intellectual property. For more information on the project and the team, send us an e-mail: email@example.com, follow us on twitter @passimproject or visit our website www.passim.se.
Details of last year’s PASSIM workshop can be found here.
The 13th workshop is now scheduled to be held at Gothenberg University in 2022.
12th Annual ISHTIP Workshop
Landmarks of Intellectual Property
Bournemouth University, UK 12-16 July 2021
Landmark noun, often attributive
land·mark | \ land-märk \
An object (such as a stone or tree) that marks the boundary of land
A conspicuous object on land that marks a locality (originally and esp. as a guide to sailors in navigation)
An event or development that marks a turning point or a stage
A structure (such as a building) of unusual historical and usually aesthetic interest
especially: one that is officially designated and set aside for preservation
After hosting its annual workshop in 2019 in the location that is home to the largest natural harbour in the world, Sydney, the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will host its 12th annual workshop in the second largest natural harbour in the world: Poole, UK—home to Bournemouth University. This year’s theme, Landmarks of Intellectual Property, is inspired by its county Dorset, which is known for the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site on the English Channel southern coast of England, which stretches across 95 miles, and which features the natural limestone landmark Durdle Door.
The Landmarks workshop will explore the contemporary relevance of the landmarks of intellectual property. Proposals are invited to consider the different ways in which a place, a time, a personality, a case, or a particular year has become a landmark of IP. These might include challenging or questioning (the idea of) certain landmarks of IP; proposing new ones; or highlighting unsung ones, be they milestones, vantage points, beacons, breakthroughs, events, turning points, or anniversaries. Contributions may also critique dominant frameworks or theories, thus putting into perspective the significance of such turning points by highlighting the role of historical contingencies, discontinuities and cultural difference.
The final panel will be dedicated to the work of Prof Martha Woodmansee who founded ISHTIP in 2008, and who has recently retired.
The workshop is hosted by CIPPM /
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
for European Intellectual Property
and Information Rights, co-funded
by the Erasmus+ Programme of the
European Commission. Organising
Committee: Maurizio Borghi, Claudy
Op den Kamp, and Ruth Towse
International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP)