PASSIMer of the month (Marc)

Marc Stuhldreier is a new addition to the PASSIM team, and as of this fall Postdoctoral Fellow in Culture and Society at Linköping University, he is also our PASSIMer of the month.

I come an academic background in business law and human rights, my research interest lies in analysing international patent rights, addressing their flaws and supporting the creation of a patent system that is fair and just for all stakeholders. To this end, I seek to account for the different needs of countries and populations at different stages of development. Additionally, my planned research aims for a re-balancing of the incentivisation system which should be based on needs rather than being cantered around purely monetary considerations. I am further interested in scientific and technological advancements and their implications on and interrelation with the field of IP and patent rights as well as issues concerning data protection and privacy.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Culture and Society at Linköping University, and I joined the PASSIM project as its latest member. Prior to this, I conducted PhD studies at Northumbria University Newcastle, where I analysed pharmaceutical patent rights and their detrimental impacts on the accessibility of medicines and the human right to health. A key theme of my thesis was the identification of responsibilities of private corporations towards the realisation of human rights. A further interest I developed throughout my studies lies in the subject of data privacy in the context of technological advancements. After finishing my PhD, I decided to gather professional experiences as a data protection officer before joining Linköping University and PASSIM to continue my research in the field of patents and technology as a Postdoc.

My PASSIM research project now focusses on the efficacy of the research incentives provided by patent rights. The planned activity is divided into two sub-categories and research questions. The first question addresses the efficacy of patents for incentivising research into highly required innovations, such as new medicines, where the resulting products do not necessarily offer a high profitability (e.g. orphan drugs or neglected diseases). The second part of my planned research focusses on leaks of scientific information and research data, and its impacts on the novelty requirement for patenting innovations. This part of the analysis shall identify whether and when the theft and unlawful disclosure of scientific information can jeopardise the patentability of new inventions.

I am quite excited to be a part of the wonderful PASSIM team, and I am looking forward to adding my two cents to this ECR funded project.

Updated Call for Papers for Workshop 3

Updated Call for Papers

A few changes have been made to our call for papers to the workshop Patents in the Service of War and Peace, including a prolonged submission deadline.

The call now closes October 30th this fall.

Dates: May 16–18, 2022
Venue: Norrköping, Sweden
Call closes: October 30, 2021
Proposal format: 500 Word proposal/200 Word bio
Submit to: 2022workshop@passim.se

Any questions can be directed to the organizers of the workshop: Johanna DahlinJosé BellidoMartin Fredriksson.

 

PASSIMer of the month (Björn)

In my work I am interested in how things are valued, measured and categorized. In recent years I have primarily been focused on the evaluation of academic outputs like papers and patents. In disciplinary terms, my research can be situated at the intersection of information studies and sociology of science with a focus on scholarly communication and bibliometrics.

Currently, I work as an associate professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås where I act as a leader for a research group on Knowledge Infrastructures. Prior to this I spent three years as a postdoc at Leiden University and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). My PhD was awarded at Uppsala University for a thesis on how bibliometrics and citation analysis can be used for mapping and evaluating the humanities. It was also at Uppsala where I first got to know Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and we have cooperated in various project since. Hence, I had no doubts when Eva asked me to join PASSIM (although I knew very little about patents). Through my involvement in PASSIM I have learned a lot about patents, but equally important the project has been a great opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange in a colloquial and friendly atmosphere. Therefore, I really hope that the PASSIM-team can meet – outside Zoom – soon again, and I really look forward to our planned workshops on Patents as Capital, and Patents in War and Peace. Considering my own work, I will continue to study patents and their role as science indicators – a first paper was published earlier this year  – and the role of patents in the scientific information industry. But first some long-awaited vacation, which I will spend with my family (its latest addition being a ragdoll kitten) in the garden, in the woods of Småland, and by a lake or the sea. Certainly, I will also find time to watch a “few” games of football from the European Championship.

 

 

For more on patents in the scientific information industry (or possibly football outrage?) follow Björn on twitter.

Conversation with Kathy Bowrey coming up!

On Thursday, April 22, the first of our three zoom conversations jointly organized by PASSIM and ISHTIP (The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property) takes place! This will be a great opportunity not only to listen to Kathy Bowrey talk about her new book with Brad Sherman and PASSIM’s own Martin Fredriksson, but to reboot the interdisciplinary dialogue on intellectual property more generally. What are the methods, materials, approaches and assumptions we bring to this particular brand of scholarship? ISHTIP has been absolutely central here. But before we can meet again in person in 2022, ISHTIP too will take place via zoom this summer.

Awaiting that time in July, join us for one or all three conversations and keep the dialogue going!

 

To join this discussion: https://unsw.zoom.us/j/88412339834

Interdisciplinary conversations

One of the common outputs from the PASSIM-project is something we call “interdisciplinary conversations.” Up until this time last year, we assumed that these conversations would take place in person, that they would involve a face-to-face dialogue between two scholars coming from different disciplines but sharing interest in a common object, event or phenomenon of relevance to PASSIM. Our first conversation was on microfilm, with PASSIM’s José Bellido and Matts Lindström from Uppsala University. The conversation could be followed live and it was archived on our website www.passim.se. And then the pandemic struck and zoom became the arena for the next dialogue; the discussion between PASSIM’s Ph.D candidate Isabelle Strömstedt and Annika Öhrner, touching on Isabelle’s work on the 50-year anniversary exhibition of the Swedish Patent Office in 1941 and what exhibition studies might bring to our understanding of how the patent office displays and “sells itself” within a museum space.

I’m writing this a few hours before we go online once again, this time to talk about patent agencies and patent offices with colleagues in Madrid (and anybody who wants to join) – a discussion that, once again, was supposed to have taken place IN Madrid last year.

But I also want to promote three upcoming conversations in the next couple of weeks that we organize jointly with ISHTIP, The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. We’ll start promoting the first talk via Twitter next week! But please make a note of these dates and join us for an hour of intense and creative discussions!!

22 April: GMT 11am/ CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/Atlantic 6am/Australian Eastern 8pm. ‘Commodification of creativity’, Kathy Bowrey in conversation with Martin Fredriksson and Brad Sherman.

May 4: 2am Californian time; 10am London, 11 am CET, 7pm Sydney. ‘Patent Capital in the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Hyo Yoon Kang in conversation with Javier Lezaun and Mario Biagioli.

May 20: GMT 11am/ CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/Atlantic 6am/Australian Eastern 8pm. ‘Cultural Heritage and IP’, Fiona Macmillan in conversation with Kathy Bowrey and Jose Bellido.