Fide holds this session via the ONLINE platform Microsoft Teams. In order to attend it is essential to request your assistance through the AreaFide platform*.

The session will be held in English.


  •  Tilman MÜLLER-STOY, IP Director of Impact Licensing Initiative (ILI) and Head of Digitisation and Document Delivery at KU LEUVEN Libraries
  •  Bruno VANDERMEULEN, Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Certified IP lawyer, Commercial Mediator (MuCDR), UPC Representative, Partner at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG


  •  Wolf MEIER-EWERT, Counsellor, WTO TRIPS Division

What if traditional IP mechanisms for protecting and promoting innovation need to be alleviated? The COVID Health crisis revives the national, EU, and international debates on flexibility to patent rights for public interest, including health issues. From waivers to patent rights at stake at the WTO to modernized rules for Compulsory Licensing at the EU level and enhanced national legislation on this matter in many countries, public initiatives are burgeoning and blossoming in this respect. Are these initiatives serving all stakeholders, from member states to researchers, companies, and consumers? For this Session of our Global Digital Encounters, Speakers with a variety of opinions will provide a worldwide picture of “testing borders of IP rights: compulsory licensing and beyond”.

Methodology: The dynamic of the session will respect the usual rules of Fide and the participation and interaction of the speakers and attendees as well, making only the changes required for its celebration online.

Schedule: The session will be held from 5.00 to 6.00 pm
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Location: Platform Microsoft Teams.

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