4iP Council Research Awards 2022

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4iP Council is pleased to announce the winning papers and authors in the 2022 4iP Council Research Awards


1st Place: The GitHub Copilot Case

by Gabriele Montanari  

Gabriele Montanari.jpgGabriele Montanari graduated in Law at the University of Trento in 2022. The title of his final paper was "Micro-directives and the Personalization of the Law of Torts: The Future of Negligence". 

Shortly after graduation, he felt a strong desire to pursue further all matters related to the turbulent relationship between law and technology. For that reason, he enrolled in the LL.M. in Law of Internet Technology at Bocconi University. 

Attending this program, he had the chance to get a better understanding of his own passion for IP, a subject he started studying during his Erasmus at Maynooth University. On this same note, the 4iP Council Research Awards were his occasion to write on a topic he cares for deeply. In the next years, he will work to bring his own contribution to lessen the negative impact that AI will have (and is having) on the lives of creatives and creators. But still acknowledging the positive effects of this kind of innovation. 

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2nd Place: Batman Forever? How trademarks affect Reuse

by Franziska Kaiser 


Franziska Kaiser.jpgFranziska Kaiser is a Ph.D. candidate at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Her research interests range from the economics of digitization, innovation, and IP rights to platforms. Before starting her Ph.D., Franziska worked as a Research Fellow at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. She holds a degree in economics from Humboldt University Berlin. 

Detailed information about Franziska Kaiser is available on her website

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3rd Place: Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions at the European Patent Office

by Simon Van Mierlo


Simon Van Mierlo .jpgSimon Van Mierlo is currently employed as a trainee Patent Attorney at EP&C Patent Attorneys in Belgium. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp and an MSc. degree in Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management (IPKM) from the University of Maastricht. Simon has been fascinated by the complex legislation for protecting software/computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office. His IPKM master thesis, as well as his contribution for the 4iP Council Research Awards, are on this topic. He is continuing to develop his knowledge in this field and applying that knowledge in practice for his clients. 

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

If you are interested in participating in the 2023 edition, click here for more information.