Geertrui Van Overwalle

29 août 2016

Keynote speaker

Geertrui Van Overwalle_tallAt present Geertrui Van Overwalle is professor of IP Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where she works at the Centre for IT and IP law (CiTiP). She is also visiting professor at the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands).

In her research, Geertrui Van Overwalle has focused on patents, genetics and their impact on access to health. The results of this research have been published in many internationally peer reviewed journals, such as Nature and Science, and in her books Gene Patents and Public Health, (Brussels, Bruylant, 2007) and Gene Patents and Collaborative Licensing Mechanisms. Patent Pools, Clearinghouses, Open Source Models and Liability Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She continues working on this thread of research, mainly in the domain of agriculture.

In her recent scholarly work, Geertrui Van Overwalle also started a new line of research on the legal architectures and the normative implications of open innovation initiatives from a legal and economic perspective. She explores open innovation models in a wide range of technologies, amongst which 3D printing.

Geertrui Van Overwalle is a member of the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) of the European Patent Office. She was president of the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Research Association (2012-2013). She is also a member of the national Belgian High Council for Intellectual Property.

She contributed as an expert to the Report Policy options for the improvement of the European patent system commissioned by the European Parliament. She has also undertaken research for the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) who directly advises the EU President. Furthermore, she was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions. She was a member of the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office at Angers. She was an external advisor to the Unitaid Medicines Patent Pool Initiative.

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