IPR and Environmental Sustainability

University of Helsinki, Kielikeskuksen juhlasali, Fabianinkatu 26, Helsinki

5 June 2019 at 13.00 – 16.00
Price: 295,00 € + alv 24%, students free of charge


One of our biggest societal challenges of today is how to move our economy and innovation structure to a more environmentally sustainable one. Notably, the United Nations (UN) have defined 17 sustainable development goals that include aspects, such as responsible consumption and production, climate actions, sustainable cities and communities, as well as industry, innovation and infrastructure (e.g. SDG9). In this regard, private law in general, and intellectual property rights, in particular, play a crucial role, as they might act either as obstacles or enablers for sustainable development and sustainable innovation. This seminar brings together scholars and industry representatives in a joint discussion on the role of private law and IPRs in the context of sustainable innovation. As such, the seminar will be of interest for a variety of audiences, including students and scholars, legal practitioners, companies, as well as to the legislature and the policymakers working on issues related to this highly important topic.

12.30 – 13.00 Registration

13.00 – 13.05 Welcoming words
Prof. Taina Pihlajarinne, University of Helsinki and
Associate Prof. Rosa Maria Ballardini, University of Lapland

Session 1: Moderator: Prof. Taina Pihlajarinne, University of Helsinki

13.05 – 13.30 Environmental sustainability and private law
Post-doctoral researcher Lucila de Almeida, European University Institute

13.30 – 14.00 IPRs, technology development and market dynamics in the renewable energy sector
Associate Professor Inger Berg Orstavik,University of Oslo

14.00 – 14.15 Commentator
Partner Ella Mikkola, Bird & Bird Attorneys
Senior Legal Councel Jalmari Sasi, Neste Corporation

14.15 – 14.30 Discussion

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

Session 2: Moderator: Ass. Prof. Rosa Maria Ballardini, University of Lapland

15.00 – 15.30 Paving the way for the Environment – Channelling ‘Strong’ Sustainability into the European IP System
Professor Taina Pihlajarinne, University of Helsinki
Associate Professor Rosa Maria Ballardini, University of Lapland

15.30 – 15.45 Anti-counterfeits and sustainable development
Lawyer Marianne Hollands,Berggren /Suomen Anti-piratismiyhdistys ry. – Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group

15.45 – 15.55 Discussion