The Annual Conference of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) took place at ESMT Berlin, Germany, from 5-7 September 2018. Traditionally, the conference is interdisciplinary and invites scholars and practitioners from all backgrounds, especially lawyers, economists and social scientists, to contribute. At a historic venue (the former building of the National Council of the GDR), this year’s focus was on “IP in a data-driven economy: New challenges for law, economics and social sciences”. Keynote speakers and panellists included Keith Maskus and Niva Elkin-Koren.

In order to emphasize the importance of trade secrets in this context, Dr Nicola Searle and Dr Roxana Bratu (both Goldsmiths, University of London) organized a panel on “Trade secrets – Crime and Policy in Contemporary Society”. Katharina Behrend, DPhil Candidate at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and the Faculty of Law, gave a presentation on “Combating global trade secret theft in a digitized world – A utopia?”, which forms part of her doctoral thesis.

Further information about the conference can be found here.