The IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Network is an initiative aimed at providing a forum for teachers and researchers studying and writing on Intellectual Property (IP) and Innovation related topics in and beyond Asia.

The mission of the IPIRA Network is to facilitate the creation of a community of teachers and researchers by connecting them and providing opportunities for collaborations; to assist researchers from Asia, and those interested in Asian Law, International Law, and Comparative Law to engage in research projects related to IP and Innovation topics; to support and promote the research of young scholars in Asia and beyond; to facilitate the collaboration between academics and researchers interested in IP and Innovation-related topics with international organizations, national governments, and NGOs in the region; to promote policy-oriented discussion involving officials and stakeholders in Asia and beyond, with a focus on innovation, sustainable development, and economic growth.

About the conference

The activities of the IPIRA Network include: the organization of the Annual IP & Innovation Researchers Asia (IPIRA) Conference in collaboration with universities in Asia and beyond Asia, and international organizations, as well as the facilitation of workshops on topics of national and regional interest.

The First IPIRA Conference was held in January 2019 at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).  The Second IPIRA Conference was held in February 2020 at the Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia.  The Third IPIRA Conference was held Online in March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fourth IPIRA Conference will be held again online on 9-12 February 2022. 

The Fourth IPIRA Conference is organised by the IPIRA Network in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the following academic institutions: the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia; Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia; Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University; Texas A&M University School of Law; and the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva.

Submission Guidelines

Researchers, including Ph.D. candidates, who are interested in presenting at the Fourth IPIRA Conference should email the following information to IPResearchersAsia@gmail.com:

  • title and short abstract of the paper or work-in-progress (500 words or less) they would like to present as a Word The submission should be in English.
  • short bio (200 words or less) including a recent picture, also as Word The submission should be in English. *Note that applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution to be accepted to the Conference.

Please indicate “Submission to the Fourth IPIRA Conference” in the email subject line.

The Organizers welcome submissions by senior, mid-career, and junior academics. Submissions are welcomed from legal scholars writing on IP and Innovation-related topics in Asian Law, Comparative Law, and International Law, as well as scholars interested in IP and Innovation from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

There is no paper publication requirement to present at the Conference. Likewise, no publication of the papers presented is contemplated after the Fourth IPIRA Conference.


Applications from students, including LL.M. students, will not be accepted as the Conference is reserved to academics (full-time and part-time) and Ph.D. candidates.

Deadline for submission

The deadline to submit a request to present is 10 December 2021. *Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

The Organizers will notify accepted participants by 20 December 2021. Accepted participants will need to confirm their participation no later than 30 December 2021.

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Contact details

For questions and information, email at IPResearchersAsia@gmail.com.

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