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Academic Freedom and Trade Secrets Protection in the U.S., Europe, and Asia – Can industry shut up researchers?

14 Nov 2019 - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Academic freedom’s general definition has always been: “the freedom of teachers and students to teach, study, and pursue knowledge and research without unreasonable interference or restraint by law, institutional regulation, or public pressure”.
Or as Encyclopaedia Britannica 2017 puts it: “According to its proponents, the justification for academic freedom thus defined lies not in the comfort or convenience of teachers and students but in the benefits to society; i.e., the long-term interests of a society are best served when the educational process leads to the advancement of knowledge, and knowledge is best advanced when inquiry is free from restraints by the state, by the church or other institutions, or by special-interest groups”. (www.britannica.com/topic/academic-freedom, accessed on 20 Oct. 2019)
However, the value of proprietary technological information has increased. Industry researchers and also those of universities and non-profit research institutions are expected to file patent applications and/or maintain the secrecy of their research information for the purpose of developing it into more competitive stages. University researchers and students therefore often are faced with the question, whether or not they can publish their research results right away or must consult with their institutions, joint researchers, and/or – and that is relevant here – with their industry sponsors.
In her presentation, Prof. Kimijima will present recent developments of the law of trade secrets protection in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Also, she will address IP policy changes in Japanese universities and discuss the pros and cons of researchers’ secrecy obligations in order to encourage research and innovation inside and outside of universities.


14 Nov 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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TUM School of Management
Arcisstraße 21
München, 80333 Germany


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Yuko Kimijima
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Keio University
Christoph Ann
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