Tuesday 28th
February 2023
5.30 pm-6.30 pm CET

Shaking the Good Old IP Kit: The Metaverse

Global Digital Encounters 25


During, and further to the COVID Crisis, the Metaverse steadily developed, and its role became even more central to the Business World. A Global Digital Encounter was already fully dedicated to “The Metaverse as a Challenge to Classical IP” and got a massive audience and content success. Since there is such a growing interest in the relationship between the Metaverse and IP, and for the first time in the history of the Global Digital Encounters, the GDE Team decided to dedicate a second encounter to this topic. Thus, our 25th Anniversary Encounter will focus on ” Shaking the Good Old IP Kit: The Metaverse” with the presence as well of exceptional Colleagues. The focus will be on the following:

  • Lex mercatoria: Are we going to witness the emergence of lex metaversum akin to medieval lex mercatoria? Will traditional law of the land prevail over conflicting customary norms? 
  • Digital ownership: Is it possible to transfer ownership of digital assets in Metaversum? How can copyright and/or civil law doctrine deal with the subject matter? 
  • Personal data: Will our privacy rights be honored in the Metaverse world? More specifically, how to implement the right to be forgotten on the blockchain where nothing can be actually erased?

Which meanings for IP might be expected from the metaverse revolution? Speakers from Europe will provide a worldwide picture of the future of “Shaking the Good Old IP Kit: The Metaverse”, including re-imagining IP in this area in favor of both business and consumers/society.


Meet the Panel

Dr. Ulrike TILL

Director of the IP and Frontier Technologies Division at WIPO

Przemyslaw POLANSKI

Professor of Law at Kozminski University


Professor, Chair of Intellectual Property of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. UOC.


Partner at Elzaburu. Professor of Law at IE University.


GDE 25: Shaking the Good Old IP Kit: The Metaverse


About our Speakers

Dr. Ulrike TILL

Dr. Ulrike Till is the director of the IP and Frontier Technologies Division at WIPO.

She is an experienced IP and patent lawyer with significant commercial background and exposure to complex international patent litigation, data exclusivity issues, commercial negotiations, competition law, settlements and agreements. In her current role, Ulrike focus on the wide reaching IP policy implications arising from digitalization, industry 4.0 and frontier technologies.

Ulrike is qualified both as an English solicitor and German Rechtsanwalt and has practiced in both jurisdictions. She has a technical background with a PhD in Chemistry, management training (MBA Oxford) and many years experience in private practice as well as in-house.

Paul Przemyslaw POLANSKI PhD

Programmer and a professor of law

Paul Przemyslaw Polanski (PhD, MelbU) is a programmer and a professor of law. Author of over 100 scientific publications in the field of IT law, including 3 books e.g. “Customary law of the Internet”, published by T.M.C Asser Press in 2007.

He is one of the leading experts in Poland in the field of European and international new technologies law. He has also an extensive experience as a designer of complex IT systems (chief architect of the Legalis legal information system since 2007) and a programmer (author of applications for the B2B sector). A Principal Investigator in several EU grants dealing with the intersection of code and law.


Doctor in Law (Phd), University of Barcelona, 1997. Master of Laws (LLM), Columbia University Law School, New York, 1993.  Law Degree (J.D.), University of Barcelona, 1988. Visiting Scholar at Columbia University Law School (Fulbright Scholar), New York, 2000-2001. Honorarvertrag at Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich, 2008. Tutor of IP courses for the WIPO Academy (since 2000). Member of the European Copyright Society (ECS) and the ALAI – currently, president of the ALAI Spanish Group ALADDA.

Since 1997, she has been working at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) where she was Director of its Law Degree (Feb.2002 – Sept.2007) and Adjunct Director to the Vicerectorate of Academic Affairs and Faculty (Nov.2008 – Sept.2013). Currently, she is Dean of the School of Law and Political Science.

She has extensively taught and written in the fields of Copyright and Intellectual Property, Private International Law and Internet Law.


Partner at Elzaburu. Specialist in Intellectual Property and Information Technology, both in transactions and litigious matters. Formerly IP/IT Partner at the Madrid office of a multinational law firm. Previously a legal advisor to several companies in the information technology and technology consultancy sectors. Professor of IP at the IE Law School, Coordinator of IP at LLM programs. Visiting Professor at Carlos III University (EU Law Master’s programme) and Madrid Universidad Autonoma (Intellectual Property Master’s programme). Panellist of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, member of its Advisory Committee. Member of FIDE’s Academic Council and Director of its Annual Industrial and Intellectual Property Congress and Co-director of the International Congress on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property.

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