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Symposium on ‘Intellectual Property and Open Data: Emerging Trends and their Implications for Cyprus’

On 25th February the UCLan Cyprus School of Law held a symposium on ‘Intellectual Property and Open Data: Emerging Trends and their Implications for Cyprus’, chaired by Prof. Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou, Head of School, UCLan Cyprus School of Law.  The Symposium offered 2 CPD Hours for lawyers in Cyprus, accredited by the Cyprus Bar Association.

The symposium was presented with the support of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Section of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, and included addresses by Mr. Spyros Kokkinos, Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, and Ms. Stalo Papaioannou, Senior Officer of Registrar and Head of Intellectual and Industrial Property Section.

The following presentations were given:

• ‘The Protection of Trade Marks at the national and international level’ by Mr. Panayotis Geroulakis, visiting professor at the University of Alicante (master in Industrial Property)

• ‘Artificial Intelligence and Patents’ by Mr. Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, Partner/Advocate in the Law Offices of Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou and Associate Lecturer in Intellectual Property of the UCLan Cyprus School of Law

• ‘IP Law – the real currency that will transform the Cyprus economy’s by Mr. Nick Kounoupias, founder and CEO of Kounoupias IP and ambassador to the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council

• ‘How the Growing Use of Open Source Software Affects IP Rights’ by Ms. Amy Grant, Senior Visiting Fellow, UCLan School of Law

• ‘A phenomenon of our time: leaked documents’ by Dr. Klearchos Kyriakides, Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of School, UCLan Cyprus School of Law.

Because of the potential for intellectual property to play a critical role in strengthening the economy of the Republic of Cyprus, the panelists and symposium participants agreed that this symposium should be the first in an annual series.