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Dans le cadre du projet ANR-DFG “Unified – Transnational institutionalization from interregional diversity: The emergence of the European Unified Patent Court” , Sciences Po recrute un.e post-doctorant.e sur un contrat de deux ans pour participer à une enquête à la fois qualitative et quantitative sur la construction d’un nouveau régime de propriété intellectuelle (domaine des brevets) en Europe et sur les changements que cette institutionnalisation induit aux niveaux nationaux en France et en Allemagne.

QUAND ET OU

Début : 1er juin ou 1er septembre 2021 selon disponibilités.

SUJET

Une partie de l’enquête sera consacrée à la reconstitution et à l’analyse des réseaux sociaux et organisationnels qui promeuvent ce régime. Le projet est encadré par Emmanuel Lazega (Sciences Po, sociologie économique) et Johannes Glückler (Heidelberg, géographie économique).

ECHEANCE ET CANDIDATURE

Merci d’adresser les demandes d’information et candidatures avant le 15 février 2021 par courrier électronique à l’adresse suivante : emmanuel.lazega@sciencespo.fr. Les candidatures seront examinées fin février 2021.
Qualifications idéales:
– Doctorat en sciences sociales (sociologie, sciences politiques, géographie, sciences sociales computationnelles, etc.) et compétences en analyses de réseaux.
– Maîtrise écrite et orale de l’anglais et du français, l’allemand étant un avantage. La langue de collaboration de l’équipe franco-allemande est l’anglais.
– Volonté de collaborer au sein d’une équipe transnationale et interdisciplinaire.

  WHAT

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER – Full-time, two years.

As part of a joint ANR-DFG (Agence Nationale de la Recherche and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) research project entitled “Unified – Transnational institutionalization from interregional diversity: The emergence of the European Unified Patent Court”, we are setting up a Franco-German research team for three years to observe current changes in the European intellectual property regime, in particular in the field of industrial patents, and the ways in which patent circles in France and Germany are defining and preparing for this Europeanization.

WHEN / WHERE

Paris, June 1st or September 1st according to availability.

TOPICS

Although the European patent was established in 1973 to protect intellectual property across the European Union, to date there is still no unitary jurisdiction to litigate and enforce IP rights at the European level. UNIFIED focuses on the current process of institutional convergence between nationally fragmented IP regimes and the emergence of a genuine transnational institution, the public/private Unified Patent Court. Given recent evidence of the differences in IP litigation outcomes between the EU member states, this project compares the two leading continental European IP regimes to answer two research questions: How do judicial beliefs in and interpretations of legal norms vary across the regional and national jurisdictions of France and Germany; and how do these beliefs and interpretations eventually converge to manifest a unitary jurisdiction? UNIFIED pioneers a neo-structural theory of institutionalization that integrates institutional and network approaches to account for the relational mechanisms that harmonize and enforce judicial beliefs, interpretations and practices. As part of a mixed-methods research design, a panel of two waves of qualitative interviews with patent judges draws the ‘colors’ of the variegated judicial beliefs and interpretations in France and Germany; while a set of formal network surveys at professional ‘convergence events’ discerns the relational mechanisms that produce a ‘change in these colors’. UNIFIED is in a unique historical position to study the emergence of the Unified Patent Court as an in-vivo case of convergence from a geographically fragmented variety in judicial institutions. It will collect original primary data, both substantive and relational, on a powerful judicial field in Europe, and it will contribute to a better understanding of how transnational institutions emerge, in the process, from the origin of interregional and international judicial diversity. Creating a legitimate and effective unitary IP regime is meant to be a major advance for the European industry to propel and protect future technological innovativeness.

APPLICATION

Ideal qualifications:
– PhD in social sciences (sociology, political sciences, geography, etc.) or computational social sciences, with expertise in network analyses.
– Written and spoken fluency in English and French, German being an advantage. The collaborative language of the Franco-German team will be English.
– Willingness to collaborate closely in a transnational and interdisciplinary team.
Deadline for application (application form in English, including your CV, a letter of recommendation, and two of your most important publications): February 15, 2021.


 

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