School of Law

Lynne Chave

PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences



Lynne Chave is a doctoral student at the School of Law. Her thesis focuses on the protection afforded to three-dimensional shapes in Europe under the trade mark and design registration schemes. This explores the potential for and the implications of securing protection for the same product shape under both schemes of protection. Lynne completed an MA (Hons) in Physics at the University of Oxford, before qualifying as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Working for a number of years as a partner in private practice, she advised a wide range of businesses how best to establish, maintain and enforce their intellectual property rights. Lynne went on to obtain an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham.

Research Summary

In Good Shape? A comparative evaluation of the registration of 3D product forms as designs and trade marks under EU and US Law

Lynne's research evaluates whether EU law governing registration of 3D product shapes as designs and trade marks is fit for purpose.

The ultimate aim of the research is to develop an intellectually coherent, normatively well-grounded and practically viable framework for protecting product shapes under design and trade mark law, taking proper account of the potential significance of doctrinal IP overlaps.

Supervisors: Professor Estelle Derclaye and Dr Andrea Tosato

Primary Funding Source: AHRC Studentship

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