Congratulations to Lokesh Vyas, winner of this year's ATRIP - Teaching and Research in IP Essay Competition, who today (3 July 2024) received the FICPI Prize from Roberto Pistolesi, the President of FICPI - International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys.

FICPI is proud to sponsor the Annual Essay Competition organised by ATRIP, the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property.

Roberto Pistolesi commented, "Intellectual property can serve as a tool for shaping a sustainable society" in his address, given during the granting ceremony of the ATRIP Essay Competition-Award of the FICPI Prize.

The award was handed out by President Pistolesi and Jens Schovsbo (ATRIP President 2020-2022).

Lokesh Vyas gave a presentation about his excellent paper, entitled "Whither are Global South’s Copyright Scholars: Lost in 'Citation Game'?"

Roberto says,

"Lokesh's essay gets to the heart of many of the goals of FICPI’s DEIA committee and asks why works of authors in the Global South (namely, African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern countries, and even more so women in these regions) are less “visible” as citations to a researcher on a particular IP topic."

Well done to all the ATRIP essay competition entrants, including the 2023 runners up:

  • 2nd place: Jordana Goodman, Assistant Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, with an essay titled "Patently Inequitable?" 
  • 3rd place: Francesca Mazzi, Lecturer of IP in Brunel University, London, with an essay titled "Authorship in AI-Generated Works: Exploring Originality in Text Prompts and AI Outputs Through Philosophical Foundations of Copyright and Collage Protection" 

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Read about previous winners and find the link to Lokesh's essay at:


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