School of Law

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law

The School of Law's researchers in Intellectual Property Law have particular expertise and interests in:

  • Patent law
  • European Trade mark law
  • copyright
  • design law
  • cross-border enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • private international law aspects of intellectual property
  • IP protected goods in transit

They frequently provide expert advice to international organisations and governments.

Current and recent projects

Evaluation of the Database Directive

In 2017/18, Professor Derclaye was involved in a project to advise the European Commission on its evaluation of the database directive.


Professor Estelle Derclaye and Professor Paul Torremans are both members of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy.

Commentary of EU Copyright Law

Professor Paul Torremans is currently producing a second edition of his Commentary of EU Copyright Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, with I. Stamatoudi), a follow-up article on the influence of Member State submission in Copyright cases before the CJEU to his MLR article ‘Is there an EU Copyright Jurisprudence? An Empirical Analysis of the Workings of the European Court of Justice’ ((2016) vol79/1, with M. Favale and M. Kretschmer) and a book project on the CJEU’s use of autonomous concepts in its intellectual property case law (“Los conceptos autónomos de Derecho de la UE en materia de propiedad intelectual en la jurisprudencia del TJUE”, with colleagues from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, A. Lucas and F. Gotzen).


Professor Torremans is also a member of CLIP, The European Max Planck Group on Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property.

CLIP is a group of scholars in the fields of intellectual property and private international law. It was established in 2004 and has regularly met to discuss issues of intellectual property, private international law and jurisdiction since then.

The group has drafted a set of principles on conflict of laws in intellectual property and tends to provide independent advice to European and national law makers. The group is funded by the Max Planck Society.

Recent PhD student projects

  • Bashayer Alghanim: The scope of Copyright law protection of computer programs study on Private international Law: Kuwait and England
  • Olajumoke Aluko: Implementing the WIPO Development Agenda Country Specific Recommendation: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Shaikhah Alhelali: International Transfer of Technology (ITT) under the TRIPS Agreement
  • David Alvarez Amezquita: Copyright and the idea of author revisited through the human rights instruments, some Latin American scenarios
  • Lynne Chave: In Good Shape? A comparative evaluation of the registration of 3D product forms as designs and trade marks under EU and US Law
  • Janice Denoncourt: The Challenges of using Patents as Loan Collateral
  • Krzysztof Garstka: Infringement of intellectual property rights, privacy and freedom of speech on the Internet: Striking a balance between all stakeholders and finding a pan-European solution
  • Sabine Jacques: The right to parody? A Comparative Analysis
  • Tosaporn Leepuengtham: The Protection of the Intellectual Property Rights in Outer Space Activities
  • Thattaporn Lekhawatthanapong: Establishing Statutory Ground for the Public Interest Defence under International Copyright Law
  • Andrea Radonjanin: IP Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions and Traditional Knowledge of the Modern Communities
  • Kenneth Wilson: Open Access and the Academy: An analysis of some salient Copyright and Related Legal Interfaces
  • Chongnang Wiputhanupong: Copyright and the Right to Freedom of Expression: Balancing of Rights in the New Technological Age

Related researchers

Professor Estelle Derclaye is a member of the European Copyright Society, a member of the Research Expert Advisory Group of the UK Intellectual Property Office and has provided expert advice for the European Commission, the UK Intellectual Property Office as well as national and international law firms and organisations.

Professor Paul Torremans has acted as an expert for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the European Commission and other international organisations. He is a member of the international executive committee of the Association Littéraire et Artistique (ALAI) and also sits on the executive committee (and is a past president of) its British Branch the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (Blaca). He is currently advising on a major gene therapy patents case and on the WIPO Academy project for the training of IP judges.

Dr Andrea Tosato is an advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs in matters of international intellectual property and international commercial law, is a member of the Italian Bar, and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufacture, and commerce.

Research students

  • Harriette Alcock
  • Ezinne Igbokwe
  • Tianwa Yang


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