4iP Council Research Awards 2018

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.