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16 J. World Intell. Prop. 1 (2013)

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                                         The Journal of World Intellectual Property (2013) Vol. 16, no. 1-2, pp. 1
                                                                  do: 10.111 1/j.1747-1796.2013.12008.x

The ATRIP Essay Competition

This issue of the Journal contains the three best papers submitted by researchers in the annual Essay
Contest of the Association for Teachers and Researchers in Intellectual Property Law (ATRIP). ATRIP
was founded in 1981, the product of a vision shared by the leadership of the World Intellectual Property
Organisation and a  group of leading intellectual property scholars from around the world. In the
succeeding thirty-two years, ATRIP has flourished, providing an ongoing forum for deliberation about
teaching and research in the field of intellectual property.
    The  ATRIP  community  has also grown in that time, in both numbers and geographic reach. The
vitality of the community depends upon welcoming new members as they enter and establish themselves
in the academy. In recent years, one of the conduits for bringing new ideas and new energy into the
Association has been the annual Essay Contest. The Contest was established by Gustavo Ghidini (then
President) in 2007, and has been organized and run since then by Jan Rosen, President of ATRIP from
2009-11. It is open to scholars under 33 years of age. This year, once again, we received a large number of
submissions, reflecting the wide variety of research now being conducted in the field. The papers are
reviewed blind and ranked by the members of the Executive Committee. The author of the paper adjudged
to be the best is invited to speak at the next ATRIP Congress and to attend that Congress at ATRIP's
expense. Since 2009 FICPI has generously supported the Contest by paying those expenses.
    The  top papers emanating from this process have typically been published online, on the ATRIP
website and (in 2012) in the online publication IP Theory. We are delighted that this year, Daniel Gervais,
the editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property has agreed to publish the top essays, and these
are included in this issue of the Journal.
    These essays (and indeed many who did not make the top three) demonstrate the excellent standards
of an ever rising number of young researchers in intellectual property law. The Contest, and this issue of

Jan Rosen                                                   Graeme  B. Dinwoodie
Professor of Law                                            Professor of Intellectual Property and
University of Stockholm                                     Information Technology  Law,
President, ATRIP (2009-11)                                  University of Oxford
                                                            President, ATRIP  (2011-13)

the Journal, celebrate this research, and bring it to a wider audience in pursuit of the objectives of the

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