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31. August 2021 | News

Are you working on your entry for the 2021 AIPPI Essay Competition? The deadline is September 15!

About the competition
The AIPPI Essay Prize is intended to encourage the art of essay writing on Intellectual Property and related topics. It was first launched in 2020.

The competition is open to AIPPI members and students of IP and involves writing a 2,500 – 3,000 word essay or filming a video on a certain IP-related topic. The video option is a new inclusion for the 2021 competition. Written or recorded entries will have an equal chance to win.



Two prizes will be awarded. One for AIPPI members and one for IP students. The winners will be given an opportunity to prerecord a video in which they speak about their essay at the AIPPI World Congress Online in October 2021 (or to have their video shown as part of the programme if they are a video winner).

In the case of an IP student, they will receive a free Join & Register place for the 2021 Congress. The existing AIPPI member will win a free online Congress registration (or a refund if they have already registered prior to winning). Both winners will also receive a certificate to mark their achievement.

The winners will be officially announced at the 2021 AIPPI World Congress Online and their essay or video will be published on the AIPPI website, along with social media coverage.


The judging process
The judges are all members of AIPPI Committees who are selected by the respective AIPPI Committee Chairperson. The essays are anonymized by the AIPPI General Secretariat before being sent to the judging panel. The judges follow a pre-arranged marking scheme. A shortlist of the highest scoring essays is selected from the initial round of judging. The judges then review the shortlisted entries and confer as a group to select the winning entries. The judging of videos follows a similar process, with the obvious exception that blinding is not possible for video entries. Although judges can see the person, they will not know who they are or where they are from.


2021 competition topics

This year we have two topics on offer, one broad and one narrow. You can choose whichever one appeals to you most.

The broad subject of the 2021 AIPPI Essay Prize is: ‘Any relevant topic that you think would be interesting for consideration by AIPPI as a study topic in the near future’.

The narrow subject of the 2021 AIPPI Essay Prize is: ‘Sustainability and its effects on Intellectual Property after COVID-19’.


Instructions for authors:

  • The AIPPI Essay Prize template should be used. Download the AIPPI 2021 Essay Competition Template here.
  • Essays must be in English and between 2,500 to 3,000 words in total. The word count excludes references.
  • The general academic writing rule of thumb allowing +/- 10% of the word count without penalty is in place for this competition.
  • Entries should be double-spaced and sent as a Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • The author’s name should appear only where indicated on the entry form.
  • Please fill out the AIPPI Essay Prize 2021 Entry Form and submit it with your essay.
  • Send your essay and completed entry form


Terms and conditions:

  • Entrants must be a fully paid up AIPPI member to enter the competition for the AIPPI member prize.
  • For the AIPPI Student Prize, you must be currently enrolled on an academic programme in the field of Intellectual Property. This includes PhD students. You do not necessarily have to be an AIPPI member.
  • All entries must be received by 5 pm (CEST) on September 15, 2021.
  • Only one entry per person per category (written or video) is permitted.
  • All entries must be your own original work and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The essay cannot be a co-authored piece of writing.
  • The essay may not be published anywhere else (including online blogs etc.) or be under consideration by another publisher. By submitting the essay, you grant AIPPI permission to publish it as we see fit.
  • Essays will be judged on contents and presentation, and should adhere to the style guide of AIPPI’s publishing partner Wolters Kluver.
  • Entries not submitted in accordance to the terms and conditions, rules and directions of the competition, or are incomplete will not be eligible.
  • There are no alternative prizes and prizes cannot be transferred to another person.
  • AIPPI reserves the right to not award a prize if no essays of an acceptable standard have been received.
  • AIPPI will not enter into correspondence on the judging process.
  • By entering the competition, the contestant agrees to be bound by these rules.


Additional information for video entries:

  • The video should be IP informative rather than light in content.
  • Although graphics can be included in the video, it is the content of the video that will decide the winner.
  • All materials submitted must be original, any form of plagiarism is unacceptable. All entrants to the competition will hold AIPPI free of any liability or third-party claim of infringement.
  • The duration of the video should not exceed more than 13 minutes.
  • The most convenient methods to share video files are uploading .mov or mp4 onto a file sharing site and sending the link to us via email. for example would be an acceptable provider. Please do not forget to also send an email with your entry form to
  • The video resolution must be of suitable quality for inclusion on the AIPPI YouTube channel. By entering the competition you also consent to AIPPI adding your video to the AIPPI YouTube channel / using online if you are a winner.
  • The video should be recorded in a well-lit and quiet environment. Remember that if we cannot hear you, we cannot judge your entry!


Steering group:

The following members of the AIPPI YAC are behind the 2021 competition:

  • Debbie David
  • Samantha Yung
  • Nevin Jacob Koshy
  • Halise Betul Atabay Varlik

with assistance from Annie Tsoi (AIPPI Bureau) and Diarmuid De Faoite (AIPPI General Secretariat).