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Opportunity for entrepreneurial PhD in Europe

Traditional social science research topics are boring and mundane. Few have real-world impact and even fewer challenge the status quo. This is why we my university, along with eight other universities just launched a new international doctorate – Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate: Rights of the Internet of Everything (LAST-JD-RIoE). LAST-JD-RIoE is a 3-Year …

EUROPEAN CREATIVITY AND DIGITAL ECONOMY ARE DROWNING IN A COPYRIGHT SWAMP

The EU copyright reform needs just one last approval by the European Parliament. It is bulldozer driven by the copyright incumbents and euro-bureaucrats serving them, who are determined to make it happen at all costs. Although days remain to the current term of the European institutions, the EU copyright reform is fast-tracked for the final …

Consent Token

Token in computer science is an object, which represents the right to perform some operation. Consent in law and philosophy is a free unilateral act, which confirms someone’s right to perform some operation with respect to the consenter. Consent is a token in the fundamental sense. A token, which imparts certain obligations, not just provides entitlements. …

NO COUNTRY FOR PRIVACY: A REVIEW OF PRIVACY REGULATION AND PRACTICE IN LITHUANIA

Over a year ago I did survey the state of privacy in Lithuania in 2013-2014. The situation was already upsetting then, but in 2015, and especially during the first six months of 2016, it has become even direr. The degradation of privacy has been most noticeable in the media, which feels entitled to freely portray personal images and highlight …

Privacy in Lithuania: what’s new in 2013-2014?

Lithuania has been a member of the European Union since 1May 2004, and diligently follows the EU guidance on regulating personal data protection. Data protection has been comprehensively regulated in Lithuania since 1996 by the special Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (the current legislation in force is Law of 23 February 2008 (effective from 1 January …

Technology transfer as an operating principle of a modern university

Few weeks ago I attended a talk of the Israeli professor, discussing the entrepreneurial university and technology transfer. The professor explained the basic principles of remunerating the faculty competitively, facilitating the faculty innovation and industry demand driven research, which are employed by his university, which is an example of university-industry tandem. Indeed, industry demand driven …

H2020 SME innovation support: „first great success“?

In recognition of the inadequate funding for SME innovations, the EU has created a special financial instrument targeted specifically at SMEs. The first cut-off date passed on 18 June 2014, and 2 666 grant applications have been submitted. To put this number into the perspective – the general expected success rate for applications in this …

Ideological divide in intellectual property regulation in the way of sustainable creativity and innovation

Dysfunctional nature of the ideological divides has been vividly illustrated by the recent government crisis in the US. Similar crises have been quietly unfolding the intellectual property law for more than a decade. Radicalization and ideological entrenchment are preventing progress in intellectual property law and in general knowledge economy. Particularly it has been an obstacle …

Patenting in Life Sciences

Common understanding among startup entrepreneurs, policy makers and even inexperienced investors in life sciences and bio pharma business is that the patents shall be filed for as soon as possible. While not entirely untrue, several major reservations about this need to be understood. First and foremost, patents are extremely expensive and limited in time. Patenting …

Lecturing on the European IP to one the biggest law firms in China

Lecturing on the European IP to one the biggest law firms in China 2013年6月4日14点至16点,拥有长期专利实务经验的欧盟知识产权专家Mindaugas Kiškis博士接受盈科上海律师事务所高级合伙人潘晓宁律师的邀请做主题为“欧盟专利法律制度及业务实践”的讲座。在两个小时的讲座中,Mindaugas Kiškis博士为我们介绍了欧洲知识产权体系、欧洲专利体系、欧盟专利、中国企业如何在欧洲获得专利权保护以及欧洲专利审查和执行的可行性建议,并解答了多位律师提出的问题。 本次讲座使我所律师受益匪浅,为我所开展国际知识产权业务的律师提供了交流机会,深受各位律师好评,促进了我所国际化战略的推进。