4iP Council Research Awards 2018

Another chance to win a reward and to shape European competition policy

The European Commission would like to hear from future competition experts and professionals

If you are interested in competition policy and go to university, you are invited to take on the Student Challenge to give yourself a chance to visit the Commission in Brussels on March 13 and meet with Commissioner Vestager. It's easy to enter! Just 250 words on the topic of your choice from a selection the Commission provides. Deadline is January 31st. Enter here.

4iP Council is pleased to announce the winning papers and authors in the 2018 4iP Council Research Awards

1st place:
Patent Quality: Does One Size Fit All?
by Naina Khanna, Phd Candidate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands under the European IP Institutes Network Innovation Society (EIPIN-Innovation Society)

Naina Khanna is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, under the European IP Institutes Network Innovation Society (EIPIN-Innovation Society) - a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action ITN-EJD. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Meir Pugatch (Faculty of Law, Maastricht University), Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich) and Dr. Jurgita Randakeviciute (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich). Her area of expertise is intellectual property law and presently she is writing about the patent quality issues in the European pharmaceutical industry.

Why did you enter the prize?
I had been following the research work of 4iP Council for a while, especially the articles related to patent quality and patent invalidity issues that align with my own research interest. As a researcher in my early stages, I consider the 4iP Council Research Award to be a very motivating platform to showcase my work and that is what encouraged me to submit my paper. My supervisor, Prof. Dr Meir Pugatch’s support for my application instilled further confidence in me to pursue this opportunity.

Why did you choose the topic for your paper?
Patent quality is the core of my PhD research. Understanding the term, its’ various perceptions and then deciding the aspects of patent quality that I will be using for my thesis is the first step before I delve further. This paper is an abridged version of one of the sections of my thesis.

What are your longer-term plans?
I plan to pursue research and teaching in the field of IP and innovation under the academia or/ and industry lens.

What will you do with the prize money?
The award money will be used to support the research goals associated with my PhD.

2nd place:
Blockchain and Copyright Issues
by Maximilian Kiemle, LL.M. student at KU Leuven in Belgium.

Maximilian Kiemle holds an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and ICT Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Before studying in Belgium. Maximilian studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and worked as a trainee lawyer in the field of trademark law for an international law firm in Düsseldorf. He currently works as a lawyer in Brussels.

3rd place:
What is artificial intelligence and why does it matter for Copyright
by Anastasiya Kiseleva, LL.M. student at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany.

Anastasiya Kiseleva holds an LL.M. in IP & IT Law (EULISP) from Leibniz University Hannover (magna cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). She has been practicing intellectual property and information technology law for more than 7 years dealing with IT contract drafting and negotiation, IP clearance, consulting and day-to-day support in e-commerce, e-payments, copyright, trademark, data protection and privacy issues, drafting of end-user and privacy policies. Her current research interest is in the area of IP & IT Law and Health.

4iP Council would like to express a warm thank you to the many students and professors who participated in our award initiative this year.

The 4iP Council Research Award, is an international research competition for European University students studying at Masters and PhD levels.

The competition aims to foster student interest in, and validate new ideas on key topics related to the interplay between patents and innovation such as patents and competition regulation, trade and regulation, computer implemented inventions, patent litigation and patent quality, standardisation and patents.

Students are invited to submit papers for review by 4iP Council’s Research Award Jury of intellectual property experts from academia, government and industry. Winning publications will be published on 4iP Council’s website and promoted for third party review and publication. Prize winning authors may also be invited to present their work in person to 4iP Council’s distinguished Advisory Committee.

The following cash prizes will be given to the winner and runners-up:

First place €2000
Second place €1500
Third place €1000

In exceptional circumstances, 4iP Council may decide to grant more than three awards.


All current postgraduate students will be eligible for the 4iP Council Research Award. The papers should have the support of their supervisors or sponsoring academics.

Research topic remit
Entrant research should address one or more of the following policy areas:

  • Patent and competition law
  • Technology and technology policy regulation
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Research and development policy
  • Industrial organisation and management
  • IP and Trade
  • Public procurement
  • The interplay between patent law and policy
  • Investment and funding
  • SME businesses and startups
  • The role of IP in innovation
  • The China IP landscape


  • Only unpublished papers will be eligible for an award.
  • All papers should be in English.
  • Papers should meet a word limit of 4000-6000 (including footnotes) and should be accompanied by a brief summary that should not exceed 1000 words.
  • If the submitted paper reflects the outcome of a Masters thesis which has already been accepted by the entrant’s university, the university must give express consent to 4iP Council to publish the summary.
  • One co-author maximum is permitted. The cash prize is awarded per paper.
  • Entries submitted after the submission deadline will not be considered.

Submission requirements
Entries should be submitted by email to Sara Martinez s.martinez@4ipcouncil.com Papers and summaries should be in the same Word document without any reference to the author(s), his/her university or sponsoring academic.

Proof that the entrant is studying (e.g. certificate) is required. This should include details of the university and course.

The support of professors can be demonstrated with a scanned letter or email to Sara Martinez. The name and contact details of the supervisor or sponsoring academic should be cited.

Selection criteria
4iP Council’s aim is to further the understanding of patent related topics in Europe through high quality, empirical research. Our jury, composed by members of 4iP Council and its Advisory Committee, will therefore evaluate the papers and select the winners at its full discretion, considering in particular:

  • original thinking that broadens the debate on the chosen topic
  • evidence based arguments and empirically sound data
  • high quality written expression
  • relevance to current IP problems and debate

Submission deadline: 25 October 2019.
Winner and runner-up announcements: tbc