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IP&IT LAW 2020 announces winners and runners-up

The Fifth National Youth Contest of Works on Information Technology and Intellectual Property (IP&IT LAW 2020) has announced this year’s winners and runners-up.

The contest, organized by the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ and the IP CLUB under the auspices of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, is scheduled to hold its award ceremony this fall as part of the 11th Russian Internet Governance Forum (https://rigf.ru/RIGF 2020).

This year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Russia) supported the contest.

Young researchers from across the country submitted their papers to the contest jury, which evaluated them for creativity, distinctive and original content, how well the studied subject was developed, whether the paper contained constructive ideas and proposals, as well as other criteria. Having reviewed all the contest entries, the IP&IT LAW 2020 jury awarded top prizes to the following contenders:

  • Denis Zakharenkov, a fourth-year student at the Saratov State Law Academy, for his paper “Intellectual Property and Domain Names in New gTLDs”;
  • Vladimir Pisarev, a first-year Master’s student at Lomonosov Moscow State University, for his paper “Cybersport and Intellectual Property: Fighting Cheating in e-Sports and e-Gaming with IP Law”; and
  • Anastasia Shchukina from the Alekseyev Private Law Research Center under the President of the Russian Federation for her paper “Publicity Rights Protection in Russia and Abroad.”

The placement of the three top contenders will be announced at the award ceremony, scheduled to take place at the 11th Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF 2020).

Also at RIGF 2020, WIPO and ICANN will announce winners in special categories they sponsored. No prizes will be awarded for the best paper on human rights online this year. In addition, the jury will award honorable mentions to research papers of its choosing. For more details on the winners and runners-up, go to http://2020.ipclub.in/.

Winners will receive special prizes from WIPO, ICANN, ICC Russia, the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ and the IP CLUB, as well as contest partners, including the Yegorov, Puginsky, Afanasiyev and Partners law firm, Skoltech, Statut Law School, Garant, Consultant Plus and others.

The Digital Economy Law annual review will publish the winning papers and those that earned honorable mentions in its Contemporary Law Review/IP & Digital Law series.

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