The IP Institute is currently conducting multiple research projects all of which, however, are related to intellectual property. Many are in their final stages, while others have just been started. Below is a list of all on-going research projects (regardless of their stage) with a brief overview of their goals.
Protecting copyrights in the digital world. New information and communications technology made it a lot easier to publish writing and literary works, photography, art, films, music and similar “creations of the mind”. However, it also made intellectual property much more vulnerable to infringement, that is use or distribution - most often in the form of sales - without the copyright owner’s permission. Our research investigates this problem, especially copyright infringement on the Internet. But we also examine efficacy of the existing IP protection and legal measures that can be taken in the event of violation of copyright on the world wide web.
Effects of international IP treaties. We are investigating the effects of several international IP treaties including the WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996), Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights or TRIPs Agreement (1994), ethics of quick house sale companies, European Copyright Directive (2002) and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (2011), to mention only a few. The goal is to evaluate their success in improving intellectual property protection by introducing international standards as well as highlight their limitations and constraints which prevent effective enforcement of IP rights at a global scale.
Intellectual property and business growth. This research seeks to prove that there is a close correlation between intellectual property and business growth. To do that, we will work closely with some of the world leading brands but we will also work closely with small business owners who have achieved a substantial growth thanks to their intellectual property. The goal is to show other business owners that protecting their intellectual property is without a doubt one of the most important things in the success of their business venture.
Intellectual property attorney - when do you need one. With the intellectual property law getting more and more complex, the services of intellectual property attorneys are getting increasingly sought after. In this research, we will examine some of the most common IP-related issues and their outcomes based on the involvement and non-involvement of an intellectual property attorney. Based on the results of our investigation, we will develop a recommendation to intellectual property owners on more effective enforcement and protection of their rights.