Find out more about our members and their interest in Intellectual Property on this page. We welcome any young brain interested in Intellectual Property issues and we aim to gather around the same table lawyers and non-lawyers at the start of their careers. The network hopes to be composed of (but not limited to), research students, early career researchers, newly qualified lawyers and trainees, members of the creative industries (artists, producers etc.) and of the scientific community.If you are interested in joining the network, do not hesitate to contact us via this website or by emailing us at:
Mekhala Chaubal is Canadian lawyer focused on building experience in all areas of intellectual property law. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada, she is immersed in learning about intellectual property in a transnational context, particularly as it pertains to innovation and emerging economies.
As part of the NIPL Executive Committee, Mekhala manages the website and serves on the Editorial Team.
In addition, Mekhala writes on IPEye, a blog focusing on intellectual property issues in the emerging world that she co-founded in law school.
For more information, or to get in touch, check out Mekhala’s LinkedIn profile: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/mekhalachaubal.
David Nejjar studied law at the University of Potsdam and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Then, he did the postgraduate internship at the Kammergericht (the highest court of Berlin) and he become a lawyer. As he wanted to specialise in IP law, he undertook the LL.M. programme in”International Studies in Intellectual Property Law” at Dresden University of Technology and University of Exeter. Currently, he is an attorney at law in Berlin and works mostly on copyright and trademark cases. Patent law is his second love, although it is slightly neglected at the moment.
Andrew Merry is a DPLP student at the University of Aberdeen. His areas of interest include Art law and Cultural Heritage law. He has a specific interest in the interactions of Human Rights, Intellectual Property Rights and Cultural rights in property in the sale or reproduction of items of art and cultural property. Before commencing the DPLP, Andrew was a Post Graduate Research student at the University of Aberdeen in Art law, resulting in an LLM titled “The Continuing Search for a Solution to Nazi-Era Art Disputes.”
Kirsty Devine is a trainee solicitor at Taylor Vinters LLP. Kirsty’s interest in intellectual property developed during her time in the firm’s Brand Protection team, where she carried out trade mark work for a number of high profile clients.
Kirsty studied Law at the University of East Anglia before taking up a role within the Norfolk Constabulary. She studied Commercial Law and Intellectual Property during her LPC and is keen to gain further exposure to his fast-paced and exciting area of law. Kirsty is particularly interested in the developing EU case law and the impact this has on business start-ups looking to build their own brand.
Ruth Flaherty is a first year Ph.D candidate in Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, under the supervision of Professors Morten Hviid and Nick Scharf. Her thesis is titled ‘The Rise of Self-Publication Platforms and its Implication for the Publication of Fanfiction in relation to UK, EU and US Copyright Law’. Ruth’s research focuses on the interaction between self-published online fanfiction and other works in the fiction market. She is interested in assessing whether the current law of copyright leads to market failure, and if so, whether a new fair dealing exception under S30A Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 should be drafted to cover fanfiction. As part of this research she is also undertaking comparative research regarding the copyright and trade mark laws in the UK, EU and US. She is a member of the UEA Law School and the Centre for Competition Policy. Ruth has an LLM in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law (2016) and LLB Law with European Legal Systems (2008) from the UEA, including an Erasmus year studying at the Universiteit Maastricht in Holland from 2006-7. She has presented a paper at the European Policy on Intellectual Property Conference in Oxford (September 2016) relating to the new Parody exceptions within s30A Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988.
A Swedish/English/Bosnian native/bilingual speaker and recent LLB graduate from the University of Southampton, Nedim Malovic is currently an LLM student in European Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University. Besides gaining professional experience in Sweden as project and sales manager, paralegal and victim/witness support, during his time in Southampton, Nedim was involved in several extra-curricular activities. Among other things, he wrote a contribution for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice on a 2014 decision of the High Court of England and Wales on the law applicable to online copyright infringements (Omnibill v Egpsxxx and Carter  EWHC 3762 (IPEC)). He also won the Shoosmiths Gerald Dworkin Prize 2015 for the best performance in the sit-down intellectual property law exam, and the 2015 prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School.
Izarne Marko Goikoetxea is a lawyer with an educational background in Spanish and European Union law (in graduate and postgraduate level), in the framework of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Chair (European Commission’s initiative). Nowadays, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. atErasmus Mundus Joint International Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology (LAST-JD), funded by the European Commission (EACEA), around different European and North American universities. Her thesis is focused on the intersection between Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector, an environment where technology innovation is the key to dominate that market. Specifically, she analyses Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing agreements of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and the abuse of dominant position.
Vijaykumar Shivpuje is associated with a multinational pharmaceutical generic organization in India. An IP enthusiast, he has a combination of academic credentials like a post-graduate in Pharmacy, management graduate and a degree in law. He is also a registered patent agent with the Indian patent office. His areas of interest include patent litigation, patent portfolio management, patent prosecution and IP – competition law interface. He is also a book reviewer for Oxford Journals’ Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. He was a member of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) National Committee on Intellectual Property during 2015-16. He has also developed a mobile app for the patent world called “VPATAPP”, a first of its kind of a mobile app available freely on android play store and iOS app store.
Yannos Paramythiotis studied Law at the University of Athens, as well as at Freie Universität Berlin, where he received a master’s degree (LL.M.) in corporate law. He is a PhD candidate on Intellectual Property Law at the Democritus University of Thrace. Currently he is a guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. He is a DAAD scholar. He has attended the online program on American copyright law held by Harvard Law School.
His main interests are works and inventions made by employees, trade secrets and copyright in music.
He publishes articles in law journals and maintains lawgrip.net, a blog, in which he maps out and analyzes intellectual property issues from around the globe (in greek). He is a member of the Association of Greek Commercialists. He practices law in Athens. Appelate attorney and a member of the Athens Bar Association since 2009. He speaks Greek, English and German.
Mirta Antonella Cavallo currently an LL.M. candidate in Law of Internet Technology at Bocconi University, where she was graduated in July 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Copyright Infringement and the Evolving Role of Internet Gatekeepers. A European Union Perspective on Internet Service Providers’ Liability”. After graduation, she worked for almost one year as trainee lawyer at the international law firm Linklaters, while cooperating with ASK research centre.
Victor B. Nzomo is a qualified Kenyan Attorney (Advocate) turned Intellectual Property (IP) law researcher, who blogs about IP in Kenya and Africa at @IPKenya. Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B), from the University of South Africa and completed his Master of Laws degree (LL.M) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2012, he was one of the founding members of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University Law School in Kenya. Since 2012, he has been engaged at CIPIT as Consultant and Research Fellow.
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Andrew Black is a research Assistant (University of Edinburgh).
Sabine Jacques is a Belgian researcher achieving a PhD in law at the University of Nottingham where she is studying “The right to parody: a comparative analysis” under the supervision of Professors Estelle Derclaye and Paul Torremans. In this research, she has a specific focus on the music industry as she is partially funded by MPA (the Music Publishers Association), BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and PRS for Music (Performing Right Society). Additionally, Sabine is currently an intellectual property and industrial property tutor at the University of Nottingham. Finally, she is a blog contributor for the EU Law Analysis Blog.
Before coming to the United Kingdom, Sabine obtained her bachelor and master degrees in law at the University of Liège, Belgium where she focused on EU law and commercial law. She also graduated cum laude from an LLM in Intellectual Property law and Knowledge Management at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Loïc Fouquet is a French lawyer (avocat) from Paris, in the fields of media, entertainment, new technologies and internet law.
Loïc graduated from the Paris bar school in September 2014. He previously undertook a Master’s degree in Literary, Artistic and Industrial Property and graduated from University Paris II Panthéon Assas in 2012. He worked as teaching assistant for two years at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne mainly in civil law and insolvency procedures before joining a French international media group for a six months internship.
Loïc has now been working as a junior associate at NomoS law firm in Paris since July 2014, with recognized French IP and entertainment law specialists.
He is particularly interested in the adaptation of entertainment and media laws and businesses to the digital age.
Nick Smallwood is a trainee solicitor with Taylor Vinters LLP. Before starting at Taylor Vinters, he wrote around 140 light-hearted intellectual property law blog posts for the London law firm Briffa. Nick first got interested in intellectual property while studying the LPC at the University of Law in York and has been known to bore friends and family by pointing out instances of potential intellectual property infringement in everyday life. Nick is interested in the normative as well as the practical aspects of intellectual property law – e.g. whether lengthy patent and copyright terms are in consumers’ best interests.
Dukki Hong is a first-year PhD student in Bournemouth University. His thesis aims at researching on 3D printing and scanning in perspective of intellectual property law. He is willing to communicate with people who are engaged in emerging technologies and IP law.
Cristina Hernández-Martí is a Spanish lawyer working with the IP department of Hernandez Marti Abogados, based at the Barcelona Office.
Ms. Hernández-Martí has a degree in law from the University of Valencia (Spain), with an exchange at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Mainz (Germany).
She began her career with various Spanish law firms specializing in business law and intellectual property, as well as with the Department of Industrial Property of Taylor Wessing in Germany.
Cristina also pursued her LL.M. in intellectual and industrial property at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (organized by the prestigious Max Planck Institute and George Washington University among others). She speaks Spanish, English and German.
Cristina regularly participates in various professional association, forums and publications. Her current interest and latest publication is on non-traditional trademarks, having published an article about smell protection in the European Intellectual Property Review, “The possibility of IP protection for smell” (E.I.P.R. 2014, 36(10), 665-674 ).
Ankur Gupta is an IP lawyer with a few years of hard and soft IP experience. After spending his first year as a lawyer in a commercial litigation firm, he worked as a legal consultant at a major law Singapore-British law firm, based in their Singapore office for just over 2 years before switching to work as a legal counsel in the Trade Marks Registry of the IP Office of Singapore. He has some experience of being involved in contentious copyright law and trade mark law matters as well as trade mark prosecution work. However, for the last couple of years, he has had the good fortune of pursing teaching IP , Media Law and Information Technology at a government tertiary institution in Singapore. He sees himself as an aspiring law academic and in that vein has been making efforts to write short and medium length articles on IP law and Information Technology law having had some success in getting a few of these published along the way.
Audrey Karina Mena Mosquera is Lawyer and PhD candidate at the Law School of the Rosario University in Colombia. Her research interests include relationships between law, intelectual property and traditional knowldge of etnic comunnities. Audrey holds a LLM on International Human Rights Law, from Notre Dame University USA. Audrey focuses her research work on the protection systems for traditional knowledege in Colombia. In her researh she is trying to identify the conceptual dynamics that arise around collective ownership rights over traditional knowledge from Colombian black rural communities perspective.
Geoff Dragon is a trainee solicitor with Taylor Vinters LLP. He has worked in their Commercial & Technology department undertaking work involving a wide range of IP issues. Geoff has also carried out work for the Taylor Vinters ‘Brands Team’ where he has assisted with many clients’ brand protection and trade mark matters. His passion for IP law stems from two years studying the IP at both University and on the Legal Practice Course and he is heavily interested in how IP law will evolve in order to stay relevant against social, technological and digital advancements.
Chris Garstka is a 3rd year PhD (Law) candidate at the University of Nottingham, supervised by prof. Estelle Derclaye and prof. Paul Torremans, and co-sponsored by Google UK. His doctoral research is focused on finding the most adequate set of pan-European legal tools aimed at the removal of access to online content infringing copyright, trademarks, privacy or reputation. His research interests include information technology law and IP law. Chris is also teaching tort law and is the UK contributor to the World Intermediary Liability Map project.
Plamen is a PhD researcher in Intellectual Property Law at City, University of London. His research examines the novel challenges three-dimensional printing poses to IP theory and practice and his PhD is funded by a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. He holds an LLM from Leiden University (Netherlands) and he completed his LLB at the University of East Anglia (UK) and Uppsala University (Sweden). Plamen recently published a journal article on TTIP and IP law in the European Intellectual Property Review. He has presented at two New IP Lawyers research workshops in Milan and Bournemouth.
Elaine Maguire O’Connor is begining a PhD at Queen Mary University in September 2015 focusing on intellectual property law and the fashion industry. She is a lecturer, writer and consultant and founder of the popular fashion law blog Wigs And Gowns. She holds an LLM in Commercial Law from Trinity College Dublin and an LLM in Entertainment Law from University Westminster. Elaine’s other main research interest is intellectual property law and the music industry.
Natasha Bowyer is a trainee solicitor at Taylor Vinters LLP and will qualify into the firm’s top-rated Commercial & Technology team in September 2015. She particularly enjoys trade mark work and is looking forward to becoming a fully-qualified member of the firm’s successful Brands practice. Her interest in IP stems from in-house work experience while at university and, more recently, working as paralegal in the IP/IT team at Slaughter and May where she gained great experience. Natasha studied Law with French Law and Language at the University of East Anglia, with a year abroad at the Université Nancy II, France. She is a member of IPSoc and the Society for Computers and Law and is keen to get involved with the New IP Lawyers Network to meet and learn from like-minded lawyers.
Alena Kapachova is a lawyer from Belarus and currently finishing Advanced LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Her research interests include modern developments in copyright and trademark law, relationships between law, information technology and cultural heritage. Her thesis addresses comparative legal analysis of the concept of the union trademark system in the Eurasian union. Besides her main work as a business law consultant, Alena is engaged in activities of Creative Commons Affiliate in Belarus, particularly, in translation and legal implementation of the licenses in accordance with Belarusian legal framework.
Tijs Deltour is an associate at the IP department of the Belgian law firm De Bock & Baluwé. Deltour has advised clients in all IP-related matters, especially in trademark –and model law. Deltour studied law at the Catholic University of Leuven and completed my studies Cum Laude in June 2014. Furthermore, holds an LLM in Intellectual Property and ICT Law in Brussels. During same year Deltour worked as a trainee at theJurists Europe, a contemporary legal niche firm specialised in ICT/IP Law. Deltour has written a master thesis about the relation between the Safe Harbour Principles and the European Data Protection directive.
Rohit Kumar is a BSc Life Science and LLB graduate from the University of Delhi and holds Certificate in “Intellectual Property Laws in the Internet Age” from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi and worked as a legal officer with the Lawyers Collective in its access to medicine team. Presently, Rohit is practicing in New Delhi as independent counsel, and deals in various facets of Intellectual Property and Media laws. His prime job is to represent the clients at various forums, and advise them according to their needs. He is also having post graduate diploma in Media and Press laws from NALSAR Law University Hyderabad. And he is very much concern about the privacy issues on internet and cloud computing.
Jesús Manuel Niebla Zatarain is Doctoral researcher in IP and IT Law (University of Edinburgh).
Jesus comments: “I am interested, my main field of research is Information Technology Law, Implementation of Technology to the Law, Artificial Intelligence and Law and IP Law. I have a Bachelors Degree in Law and another Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, both from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Mexico, I have an MBA from Centro de Estudios de Los Cabos, where I got an Certificate of Academic Excellence for having the highest academic notes of my class. I have undertaken research courses at UNAM’s Legal Research Institute in Mexico and I have taken part in course related to the implementation of computer law and the way they can be use as an effective tools to improve law enforcement on the Internet. Currently I am a PhD fellow at the University of Edinburgh, in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Law, my supervisor is Professor Burkhard Schafer, and the provisional title of my thesis is Intelligent Agents to Enforce Copyright Law on the Internet.”
Hasan Kadir Yilmaztekin is a PhD candidate and a scholar of the School of Law at the University of Exeter. Hasan’s research interests include international intellectual property law, human rights law and particularly the interfaces between these two fields of law. A strong proponent for “a fair culture” ideal in intellectual property law, Hasan, in his research project, focuses on the after-TRIPs era, its new IP architecture and its impacts on the human rights obligations of the states from human development perspective. He earned his LLB from the University of Ankara and his LLM in International Business Law with distinction from the University of Exeter. In June 2014, Hasan was awarded the Golding Essay Prize for his essay titled “Lucasfilm and Solvay: Does being admitted to a court suffice to attain access to justice for foreign intellectual property rights?”by the Competition Law Association. He was also selected as one of the first scholars of the International Law Association’s Regional Conference held in Lisbon in September 2014.
Mohammad Shahnewaz is a dual qualified lawyer (England and Bangladesh) and also part completed New York Bar. Mohammad is currently undertaking a PhD research at University of Exeter. His research area includes a comparative analysis of performers’ rights in the UK and Bangladesh. He is currently looking at intangible cultural heritage and the role IP laws and more specifically copyright play in promoting and protecting them.
Laura is a Ph.D. candidate in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University, where she is Teaching Assistant in the field of Intellectual Property. Her current research interests lie in the context of the digital borders within the EU and she is dealing primarily with the balance between Intellectual Property and Competition Law in relation to the geo-blocking practice. In addition, as a researcher of the ASK Center, she is currently part of the Heritage Plus Project EnDOW (“Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance”). In 2015 Laura has been admitted to the Milan Bar. During the last academic year (2015/2016) Laura was a faculty member of the affiliated course at Bocconi University of “CopyrightX”, a twelve-week networked course offered annually under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. For one year and a half, in 2013-2014, Laura clerked in the Office of the President of the Intellectual Property Specialized Court at the Milan Courthouse. During Expo 2015, she worked as short term consultant for ‘Fondazione Cariplo’ within a group of ten Ph.D. candidates representing different disciplines.
Hatice Zümbül is a patent and trademark attorney in Turkey and is currently studying IT/IP Law at Leibniz University of Hannover/Germany (LLM program).
She graduated from Istanbul University, Law faculty, with distinction in 2010. In the same year, she started a LL.M. Program at Private Law Department of Istanbul University. Since passing the bar in Turkey, Hatice has been working in the field of Intellectual Property.
Jiahong Chen is a PhD student at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include IT/IP law, with particular focus on data protection law at the European Union level. His PhD thesis is intended to address data protection risks that the increasingly widespread application of big data might cause, and the legal efforts in response within the EU. He is currently also a social media editor for SCRIPT (@SCRIPTCentre), a research centre for IP and IT law based in the University of Edinburgh, and an editor for SCRIPTed, an online journal covering IT, IP and medical law.
Robyn Le Friec is a trainee solicitor with Taylor Vinters in Cambridge. Robyn became interested in intellectual property after studying IP law at University and during the Legal Practice Course. In the summer of 2012 she worked at Wilmer Hale in London and was involved in speed networking events with technology and digital media start-up companies that were seeking IP advice for their ideas. Prior to commencing her training contract, Robyn worked as an Assistant Contracts Paralegal at the University of Warwick. Here she became involved in drafting IP licences and assignments for Warwick Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, that specialises in helping current and former students generate a commercial return from their research. Her involvement with start-ups has fuelled her passion for helping individuals bring their ideas to life and she is keen to contribute towards commercialising new innovations.
As a sportswoman, Robyn has a particular interest in wearable technology with a focus on fitness and health. She is keen to see how IP law will develop within this area in order to maintain its relevance with advancements in technology.
Dorothea Thompson is an Associate Solicitor across all areas of the commercial music and entertainment practice at Bray & Krais, with a particular interest in assisting new talent and emerging music and entertainment companies. Dorothea is interested in the protection, enforcement and exploitation of trade marks, copyright and designs from her time as a Trade Mark Attorney, as well as commercial brands and rights exploitation from experience in the journalism, publishing, music, marketing and retail sectors. In 2013, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University of London. Dorothea writes for various blogs and journals on issues related to music, entertainment, copyright, and branding.
Jozefien Vanherpe is an associate with the Belgian IP niche firm CAPE IP Law. She studied law at the Catholic University of Leuven and completed her studies Magna Cum Laude in June 2013. In December 2013, her master thesis “Facing the music: The neighbouring right of performing musicians in the digital age” was awarded the Pop Thesis Prize by Poppunt, the Flemish non-profit organisation which groups the interests of musicians. During the academic year 2013-2014, Jozefien was enrolled in the LLM program at the University of Cambridge (UK). In June 2014, Jozefien obtained a First Class degree from the University of Cambridge as well as a Bateman Scholarship and the Ian Malcolm Lewis Prize for Law from her college, Trinity Hall. Jozefien is also a keen musician, playing cello and piano.
Matej Gera, Slovak-born lawyer, is a first-year PhD researcher currently based at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University, UK. In the past, he attended Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he obtained his Master’s degree, and LL.M. programme at Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany and KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium with focus on IP / ICT law. His PhD research revolves around the topic of “Mass digitization, cultural heritage and the law”. As a researcher he is predominantly interested in intellectual property law and international / European copyright regulation in particular. Additionally, he also engages in research in non-IP areas of ICT law, such as privacy, personal data protection and e-Government. He spent a good portion of his time working on projects related to Free Software / Open Source licensing and was actively cooperating with Free Software Foundation Europe as a legal trainee and a member of its Legal Team. Matej is also operating in a non-academic sector, as an Executive Director of Slovak-based independent non-profit organization European Information Society Institute, which focuses on the overlap of technology, law and information society.
Alexandra Mogyoros is a DPhil candidate in law at St. Peter’s College and a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada. Alexandra has an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree with a focus in biology and philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa, and read for the BCL at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. She has held research posts and/or fellowships at the University of Cape Town, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Toronto. Alexandra has published and presented in a variety of areas including private law, intellectual property, bioethics, and futures studies. Her doctoral research is focused in trademark law, specifically on certification marks. She is currently a member of the organising committee for the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, and a co-convenor of the Intellectual Property Discussion Group. She is very excited to have joined the New IP Lawyers Network!
Ernesto holds a degree in Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid. After being granted an scholarship by the Spanish Industry and Trade Ministry (ICEX), he got a Master’s degree in international business management, and developed consulting services in the field of direct investment (Spanish Embassy in the Czech Republic 2007-2008) and collaborative R + D + i projects (Brussels 2008-2011) . Between 2011 and 2012 he obtained the Master’s Degree in Industrial, Intellectual and Law of the Information Society (Magister Lvcentinvs) of the University of Alicante, with the best marks of his promotion (over 9/10). Later, he joined a well-known law firm based in Madrid where he consolidated his experience in the management and defense of industrial / intellectual property rights. In January of 2017, he joined FJF LEGAL, where he currently works as a lawyer and adviser in the abovementioned fields. Ernesto is a regular contributor to several web sites specialized in law, has been a IP lecturer in several occasions (Magister Lvcentinvs, Bar Association of Madrid, IP Med project funded by the European Commission) and is a co-author of the chapter “Internet trademark infringement” of the manual “ICT LAW Information Technology Law and communication“ published by the Tirant Lo Blanch Editorial.
Jūratė Breimelyte is a legal practitioner from Lithuania. She is currently working as a Chief Executive Officer in a young company IAM Consultants, Ltd. The company is providing a wide range of intellectual property services, including patent drafting, trade marks and designs consultations, IP strategy management.
Jūratė is a Ph.D. student at Barcelona Autonomous University. Her Ph.D. topic is “Intellectual property rights in biobanking”. Jūratė holds an LL M degree in International Laws from the Maastricht University. In 2014 she was having a traineeship in OHIM, Boards of Appeal division. After finishing her traineeship, she started working at the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau and was also teaching Intellectual Property Law at Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania). Jūratė is constantly attending different intellectual property events, following IP courses, writing and publishing articles from this field.
Míchel Olmedo Cuevas is a Spanish lawyer working at IURISTECH Abogados 2.0 (Madrid). Míchel finished his LLB at Universidad de Málaga in 2013 and inmediatly enrolled at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid to undertake the LLM IP & IT program, completing it in 2014, being chosen to represent the program in the VI OHIM Universities Network, presenting his Master thesis entitled “The probative value of affidavits: is the case law of the General Court too conservative?”.
His research interests include non-traditional trademarks (mostly shapes and sounds), the IP surrounding all creative industries (with a strong focus towards TV and music industries) and the application of traditional copyright figures to the digital world.
Megan Rea Blakeley is a postgraduate Researcher in Intellectual Property Law and Cultural Value (University of Glasgow).
Naomi Bruwer is a candidate attorney in the trade mark department at Von Seidels, a leading IP firm in South Africa. She has a diverse set of interests which includes domain name disputes and IP issues in the entertainment industry. But more specifically she is intrigued with IP issues in the digital environment and has a passion for all things tech and innovation related.
Nevena Kostova is a CREATe*-funded PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh exploring the relationship between copyright, creators’ organisations and new business models. Her research is empirical, focusing on the role played by creators’ organisations in the music and publishing industries in applying and shaping the law of copyright. As part of her project she contributes to a blog on Copyright and Creators: http://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/copyrightandcreators/.
Nevena holds a law degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Prior to beginning her doctoral research she also completed an LLM in Intellectual Property Law with a distinction at the University of Edinburgh.
Alongside her research, Nevena also tutors on the eLLM Intellectual Property Law Programme at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a co-convenor of the IP, IT and Media Law Discussion Group at Edinburgh Law School. Her research interests lie in the area of copyright with a particular emphasis on copyright exploitation in new business models and the societal implications of the law. Other areas of interest include trade marks, data protection law and privacy.
*CREATe is the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy funded by the UK Research Councils.
Mattias Rättzén is a postgraduate taught LL.M. student at Lund University from Sweden with an academic background in, inter alia, intellectual property law. He will complete his LL.M. degree in September 2015 and aspires a career with a focus on intellectual property law.
His research interests in intellectual property law include international issues such as territoriality and extraterritoriality and how these impact private international law as well as substantive law.
Mattias Rättzén is currently writing his master thesis on these topics from a Swedish perspective, with elements of comparative research. He is also currently doing a legal internship at the Division for Intellectual Property and Transport Law at the Ministry of Justice in Sweden, conducting legal research for legislative proposals in intellectual property law. He is a member of Nova 100, an exclusive talent network for the most talented and driven students at Swedish universities.
Stephen Pennock is a PhD candidate in the School of Law at the University of Exeter where he also teaches on the School’s Intellectual Property module. Stephen’s research centres on the relationship between copyright and contract law. In particular, his research concerns how the balance of rights within a copyright system is impacted by the imposition of contracts which seek to amend elements of copyright law and whether contracts which seek to replace central tenants of copyright are permissible as a matter of contract law itself. His project examines the use of existing contractual doctrines and the principle of copyright pre-emption to re-examine copyright contracts and re-assert any missing balancing of rights in order to best achieve the policy goals of copyright. He was awarded his LLB and LLM with distinction by the University of Exeter.
Aleksandra Kozak has recently graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Her interest in IP law has its origin in 2014, when she attended the Munich University Summer Programe in Munich (known as the European capital of intellectual property). She wrote her master thesis on the topic of Abuse of Dominant Position by the Standard Essential Patent Holder on the example of Samsung and Huawei cases.
Aleksandra’s interests focus mainly on the position of intellectual property and new technologies law in the EU legal system. She is currently planning to learn more about the subject of patent trolling in the EU, which combines intellectual property as well as competition law matters.
Jurgita focuses her research work on the relationship between legal regulation and scientific progress, especially, matters related to biomedical science. At the moment Jurgita is a PhD candidate at the Vilnius University Faculty of Law and a scholarship holder at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.
Nallie Yue is currently a LLM student at Queen Mary University of London specialising Intellectual Property Law. As an avid artist from youth, she has always been fascinated by the way in which the concept of creativity meshed with the rest of the world beyond just the realm of artistic pursuit and looks forward to learning more about how law and creativity intersect.
Anna Pilicheva is a practicing IP lawyer. She studied law in Russia, Germany and Austria. Since 2012 Anna has been working as a lecturer in IP and Patent law at Kutafin Moscow State Law University. Anna is especially interested in patent and trademark law. Her doctoral thesis was about patent protection for medicines. Anna also has a number of publications in scientific journals (including one textbook and a monograph). She is fluent in English and German, as well as Russian.
Elena Izyumenko is a PhD Candidate and Researcher at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France), where she focuses, under the supervision of Professor Christophe Geiger, on the intersection of intellectual property law and international human rights law. Her thesis topic is on intellectual property flexibilities and freedom of expression. Before coming to France, Elena obtained a Diploma in Law cum laude from the Southern Federal University (Russia), with a civil law specialization, and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law from Lund University (Sweden). She later worked as a legal trainee in the European Court of Human Rights (Council of Europe, France) and has also interned at Memorial Human Rights Centre in Moscow (Russia), assisting individuals, lawyers and NGOs within Russia to take cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Elena has published in several journals on intellectual property law, including the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law and the European Intellectual Property Review and was awarded with the second prize in the 2015 Essay Competition of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).
Pratyush Nath Upreti is a young IP enthusiast from Nepal. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law (BSc.LLB) with Honours in Intellectual Property from India . Currently, he is pursuing LLM (Intellectual Property & Knowledge Management) at Maastricht University, The Netherlands as UM High Potential Scholar and will be completing his degree on June, this year. His research interests include Intellectual Property, Investment law and Public Interest issues. He is currently working on research project titled ‘Permitting Transformative Use under Copyright Law: The Case of Parody as Innovation” with fellow students of European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN). Additionally, Pratyush regularly contributes on socio-legal political issues in leading English Newspaper in Nepal.
Shane Patrick McNamee, LLB (TCD), LLM (Edinburgh), is a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Consumer Law and Chair for German and European Consumer Law, Private Law and Comparative Law at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. His specialisations are consumer protection in the digital world and comparative analysis of consumer protection in Germany and the Common Law world. His work includes general administrative duties; organisation of, preparation for and attendance of conferences and meetings on a variety of consumer-relevant subjects; working with relevant public and private bodies in the area of Consumer Law; writing reports, commentaries or articles in both German and English.
Phil Chapman is a PhD candidate researching Intellectual Property Law at UEA and looking at 3D Printing. Norfolk born and raised Phil undertook training as a Legal Executive and became an associate member of the chartered institute of legal executives. He then joined UEA as an undergraduate for a qualifying law degree (LLB) in 2012, gained a distinction in his masters (LLM) started in 2015 and started his PhD in 2016. Prior to (and during) his studies Phil managed his own small design, manufacturing and marketing company. His extensive use of CNC machinery, and CAD/CAM packages afford him the skill and experience needed as a foundation for his research, which he can approach from a perspective where he is familiar with the non-legal technical and engineering aspects. Phil was awarded a full UEA Law School Studentship for his PhD research, along with a Research Training Support Grant. Phil is also a member of the UEA Centre for Competition Policy. Phil is researching the legal intellectual property issues relating to the emerging use of low cost 3D Printing and other digital manufacturing technology and equipment, with a provisional thesis title “3D printing, from there to here to where?”.
Kathryn Jones is a final year LLB Law with International Study student at the University of Exeter, with professional and academic experience in both English and Australian intellectual property law. Kathryn hopes to follow her interest in intellectual property law in her professional career.
Caroline Hunter is a corporate and commercial solicitor in the company commercial team at Nockolds Solicitors in Bishop Stortford and London. Mrs Hunter has worked in the tech industry for over 3 years undertaking work involving a wide range of IP issues. She has extensive experience in advising on commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions; additionally she has experience with running multiple businesses developing software and mobile applications, touching on IP queries in relation to design and software. Mrs Hunter is currently undertaking training in more diverse IP transactions and IT (Licences). She has a keen interest in Bitcoin, Blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Mrs Hunter is excited to see how the IP Law will develop in order to keep up to date with the developments in technology. You may contact Mrs Hunter on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gowri Nanayakkara is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is also an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and a non-practicing Solicitor (England and Wales). Gowri holds a PhD in Intellectual Property Law and the Global South, from Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include copyright law, performers’ rights and music. Formerly, she was working as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Department, Sri Lanka and as an Associate Lecturer at University of Kent, UK. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. Gowri is currently working on a converting her PhD thesis into a monograph.
Liliia Oprysk is a researcher in IT Law with a background in IT infrastructure management. Having several years of work experience in the IT field with predominantly change management of server infrastructure, Liliia is currently affiliated with the University of Tartu as a Junior Research Fellow and a Doctoral Researcher in IT law. Recently Liliia has been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the Institute for Information Law (IViR) and the Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI). Her research focuses on the scope of the copyright holder’s exploitation rights in the context of online dissemination.
Andrea Wallace is a PhD researcher in Intellectual Property Law (University of Glasgow).
Chongnang Wiputhanupong is a lecturer at School of Law, Sripatum University, Bangkok, Thailand. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. After completing her LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London she continued her study the School of Law, University of Nottingham where she received her PhD. With years of experience in successful Thai publishing companies, her researches and interests focus mainly on copyright, human rights, and media and communication. Meanwhile, she is most interested in the relationship between copyright and free speech, particularly the development of copyright and free speech protection in developing countries. She is also interested in the core concept of ‘originality and creativity’ as appears in creative works. Chongnang is also a member of the Thai Bar Association. Her other areas of interest include traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions and media law.
U. Shen Goh is a Ph.D. Candidate working under the supervision of Professor David Vaver at Osgoode Hall Law School. While her prior LL.M. research focused on the international protection of famous marks, her current Ph.D. research focuses on whether Canadian law is adequately protecting foreign language marks. Her work explores a pressing problem in international trade: how to address the inconsistent treatment of foreign language marks in Western trademark registries and court proceedings. She is an intellectual property lawyer, trademark agent, and co-author of the Branding & Trade Marks Handbook (2006) and Branding & Copyright for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations (2014). She won Best Presentation in the Eltaira Award Competition 2015 and can be reached at: UngShenGoh@osgoode.yorku.ca.
Viola Prifti holds a doctoral degree in law and economics from the University of Hamburg (2014). Prior to that, she obtained her law degree (full honors) and a degree in magistrate studies from the University of Pisa in Italy. Viola has interned in several legal areas both in Italy and Germany and conducted postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich from 2014 to 2015.
She has published on topics related to the intellectual protection of plant varieties and her research interests include intellectual protection of plant varieties, economics of innovation as well as international and European law. Her doctoral thesis is published as a book by Springer in the International Law and Economics series and shows the compliance of breeding exceptions to patent rights with the TRIPS Agreement.
Owais completed his PhD with Magna-cum-Laude from Ludwig Maximilians Universität (Munich University), Germany. He wrote his PhD dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His dissertation was published by Springer titled ‘Access to Medicine versus Test Data Exclusivity: Safeguarding Flexibilities Under International Law’. Owais also has a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M) from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. Apart from these, he holds an MBA and a BBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. Currently, Owais teaches IP, Competition law and legal research methods at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law, Karachi, Pakistan. Moreover, he is a distance-learning Tutor at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy for the Intellectual Property Management. He also acts as a mentor to various technology startups.
Adrian Storrier is a PhD Candidate and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Research Student at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include copyright exceptions, overlapping intellectual property regimes, and open licensing. His dissertation project examines the relationship between copyright exceptions and inconsistent contractual provisions from a theoretical perspective. Adrian currently teaches Intellectual Property Law at the University of Melbourne.
Magali Contardi is Italian- Argentinean who has studied law at the Catholic University of Argentina and the University of Florence. Further, she obtained a Master Degree in Economics and Jurist Public Manager from the University of Pisa, addressing her thesis to Intellectual Property Rights with a comparative perspective between Argentina’s and EU’s approach. She also holds a LLM Degree in Intellectual Property Rights from the University of Alicante, the Magister Lvcentinvs (Master Associated at the European Intellectual Property Network). For her final master work she analyzed the issues arising from the patentability of plant related material, with particular focus on the Tomato II and Broccoli II Cases of the EPO Board of Appeal. She has gained basic experience in the field of Trademarks by working at a Law firm and as a Legal Assistant to the Member of the Board of Appeal of European Union Intellectual Property Office. As part of the Pan-European Seal Programme she worked for a year in the Legal & International Affairs Department of the European Patent Office. She has published articles, mainly in the field of Biotechnological Inventions, in Law Journals and IP Journals. She also contributes with brief articles to IP blogs. She constantly take part of IP seminars, events and Summer IP courses. As a passionate about IP, she is interested in all aspects of it, particularly pharma, life science, food, traditional Knowledge and Information Technology. Magali speaks Italian, Spanish and is fluent in English. She is improving her German and has a basic knowledge of French.
Lida Ayoubi is an IP lecturer at the School of Law, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. She holds an LLB from University of Tehran (Iran). While studying international human rights law at Lund University (Sweden) she developed an interest in the interface of human rights and intellectual property rights. Later on, she contributed to the Access to Knowledge project funded by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and interned at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 2015, Lida completed her PhD degree at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Her doctorate investigated the case of access to copyright protected works for the blind and visually impaired persons as an example of the interface between intellectual property and human rights law.
Evgenia (Jenny) Kanellopoulou is a PhD candidate (University of Edinburgh) as well as a lecturer in Law (University of Salford).
“I first met IP in 2005, when I started working for a concert promoter in Athens, Greece. During my years there, and also during my placement at Sony / Bmg, Intellectual Property was something like a excel sheet with numerical figures that justified our existence. I was being told to calculate some things called “mechanicals” or to include the C and P symbols in a CD’s artwork because of some complicated calculations.
For the past five years I have been studying intellectual property and the music industries, aiming to bridge the gap between law and practice. My goal is for the academic world to see that “Rock ’n ’Roll ain’t noise pollution”.
 AC/DC, 1980.
Grace Lindo is an IP/Technology attorney in Jamaica and currently an LLM candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a member of INTA and her areas of interest include copyright/trademarks on the internet, data protection, competition in IP, financing (especially secured financing) using IP to generate wealth.
She expects to complete my LLM in 2016 and I possess degrees in Media and Communication as well as Law both from the University of the West Indies.
David Kuttenkeuler is an European and German patent and trademark attorney. Currently, he works as an associate at the German IP boutique firm Boehmert&Boehmert in the Munich office. Originally he studied molecular genetics and biochemistry in Heidelberg, where he also made his PhD on immunity and cancer. After his PhD, he did research for a year in Cambridge (UK) but then started his traineeship to become a German and European patent attorney, which he finished recently. As he has a technical background in the life sciences, this still is his main focus when it comes to IP. He does a lot of patent prosecution and also litigation for life science and pharma clients. He is interested in all aspects of IP that surrounds the pharma and life science sector.
Salomo Jhuan Anggara is a technology, telecommunications and media lawyer in Indonesia and is currently undertaking his LLM degree in Intellectual Property and Information Law at King’s College London.
Salomo obtained his bachelor of law degree in 2010 from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia, where he graduated cum laude from the law school. He has been working with one of Indonesia’s leading corporate law firms for more than 4 years. At the firm, He has gained experiences in media, telecommunications, IT and aviation practice area. He has also passed his bar in Indonesia.
Salomo is also a candidate of Associateship of King’s College, a traditional King’s College London course on ethics, philosophy and theology, biblical studies and Christian doctrine that runs alongside his LLM program. In addition, Salomo is now a member of the Society for Computers and Law in the United Kingdom.
Mathilde Pavis is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher based at the School of Law of the University of Exeter. She teaches in a variety of module including Intellectual Property Law, French of Contract and French Administrative Law. She is currently a member of the intersdiciplinary InVisible Difference Project and works as a research assistant for Pr. Waelde Charlotte in collaboration with Hasan. In March 2014 she received the first prize of the Interleges Essay Competition for her article titled: ‘True-shareholderism is stakeholderist.’
Mathilde’s research interest in Intellectual Property Laws focuses mainly on Copyright and Performers’ Rights in their interaction with contemporary forms of art including performing practices. For the purpose of her thesis, she analyses the legal understanding of creativity in various jurisdictions as reflected in caselaw and statutory provisions. She argues in favour of reforming performers’ rights to better the legal protection of this class of artists. Her research adopts a comparative approach and relies on performing arts studies and creativity reseach.
Mr. Sumit Sonkar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Allahabad, India and a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Delhi, India and also holds Master of Laws degree from South Asian University (A Project of SAARC), India. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in IP Management and Valuation from LUISS Business School, Italy. Presently, he is working as an Assistant Professor (Law) at the GD Goenka University, India and is also a Guest Faculty at the Indian Society of International Law, India where he teaches Intellectual Property Rights. His areas of interests include Intellectual Property Rights and International Law.
Hayleigh Bosher is a final year PhD candidate at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University, under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. Her research interests include digital copyright law and the internet, legal language and interpretation, and copyright education. Her thesis focuses on digital copyright infringement by way of copying and communication to the public online, looking particularly at the language and interpretation of the law in relation to online activity. Whilst at CIPPM Hayleigh has been involved in a number of research projects including Copyrightuser.org; a collaborative project between CREAte and CIPPM, funded by RCUK/AHRC since 2013. Working on this project involved, among other things, co-authoring an A Level Copyright Educational Resource.
Amandine Léonard (°1989) is a PhD candidate at the Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) of the KU Leuven (Belgium). She obtained her Master of Laws with a specialization in business law (cum laude) in 2012 from the University of Liège (Belgium). In 2013 she completed the LLM program of the “Liege Competition and Innovation Institute” (LCII – Belgium) in European Competition law and Intellectual Property (magna cum laude). Since October 2013, Amandine is a legal researcher at CiTiP. She is part of the board of the CiTiP blog. In January 2015, she obtained a PhD Scholarship from the government agency “Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (VLAIO) to work on the topic of “Abusive patent litigation in Europe – The prohibition of abuse of rights and Patent Assertion Entities”. During her PhD she will investigate patent litigation strategies adopted by patent holders both in the currently spread patent litigation system of Europe, and in the future Unitary Patent Package system.
Alina Trapova completed her LLB at the University of Sheffield and thereafter specialised in trade mark and copyright law at Queen Mary University of London, where she obtained her LLM in IP law. Because of her strong interest in the music industry, she wrote a dissertation on copyright law and sound sampling and worked in legal policy within the IFPI, the international body representing the recording industry worldwide. Alina also worked for under the direct supervision of the President of the Boards of Appeal at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), where, among other things, she wrote trade mark appeal decisions and engaged in litigation. She also has experience in the private sector, pro-bono activities, tech start- up counselling and IP conference management. In September 2017, she will start her PhD studies at Bocconi University, where she will explore copyright licensing and industry-devised remuneration scheme. She speaks Bulgarian, English, German and Turkish as well as Italian and Spanish on an intermediate level.
Judith Bussé is an associate at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. She assists clients in enforcing their intellectual property rights in a variety of sectors, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical & life sciences sector, the media & entertainment industry, and the fashion sector.
Prior to joining Crowell & Morning, Judith obtained a specialized LL.M. degree in innovation, competition, and trade law at the London School of Economics. At LSE, she focused on the overlap between intellectual property and competition law, while also maintaining a strong interest for IT law. Judith furthermore represented the LSE in the Mediation Skills Competition, organized by the UK Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.
In 2013, Judith earned her master’s degree, cum laude, at the K.U.Leuven. During her curriculum, she focused on European and economic law and won the Mertens de Wilmars pleading competition.
Marco Pisana Collurafici: “I first stepped into the IP World in 2011, when I started attending the LLM in IP law at Universidad de Alicante, also thanks to the OEPM scholarship which they recognised me. Thereafter, in the summer of 2012, right after the completion of the abovementioned LLM, Prof. Toshiko Takenaka, director of the CASRIP – IP Department at University of Washington, Seattle –, invited me to attend the 2012 CARSRIP Summer Institute, in Seattle (USA).
These two first experiences have been incredibly useful for my career, since at the LLM in Alicante most of my colleagues were from almost every country of South America, whilst in Seattle I had the chance to meet IP professionals from all over the world, from Japan to Saudi Arabia passing by Singapore. All this, gave me a worldwide understanding of what IP means in business nowadays, as well as a valuable net of contacts.”
Malan Faya is a qualified Nigerian lawyer, with specialty in Intellectual Property & Technology law and currently an MSC candidate at the Center for Cyberspace, Nasarawa State University, Nigeria.
Malan currently heads the Cybersecurity, Data protection and Privacy practice area of Infusion Lawyers, the first and foremost virtual and secure web-based, paperless law office in Nigeria.
Maria Gimena Rabinad is currently undertaking her LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law at King’s College London. She has completed her former education back in Argentina, where she graduated suma cum laude from Law School at the University of Buenos Aires and got her Master’s degree in Corporate Law at the University of San Andres. Gimena has been lecturer on Alternative Dispute Resolutions since 2009 and has played an active role in the development of mooting in Latin America, as participant, coach and arbitrator, and as part of the Organizing Committee of the LatinAmerican Moot on Commercial Arbitration. However, it was not until 2012 when she bumped into IP and Technology Law when joining the Buenos Aires’ office of one of the major worldwide companies in the provision of IT and Consulting services. Last September Gimena was transferred to London to keep on fostering her career at the company, but from the UK headquarters.
Jennifer Heaven Mike is a doctoral student of University of Exeter. Her PhD thesis is titled ‘RE-IMAGINING WOMEN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH IN THE TRIPS AGREEMENT, THROUGH A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA’ Jennifer has attended several conferences and given paper presentations on pharmaceutical patents, access to medicines and women’s right to health. Currently a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant taking the Criminal law module, she has also published blog entry on the topic ‘Embodied Feminist Perspectives on Women’s Health and Their Bodies’ on the Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCULE) blog.
Ondrej Vachta is a junior associate at Barcelona based IP boutique Intangibles Legal. His recent work involves software, trademarks, advertising, data protection and unfair competition. Originally from the Czech Republic, he is qualified as a Spanish lawyer. He was awarded his LLM in intellectual property by ESADE Law School in Barcelona. His final work focused on the regulation of intellectual property in the video gaming sector. Ondrej took interest in intellectual property through his hobbies, literature and contemporary art.
Sunita Tripathy is an academic lawyer from India who researches about law and its role in society with special focus on its nexus with technology, intellectual property, business and public policy. She is a faculty member teaching courses related to Intellectual Property Law at Jindal Global Law School, the founding member of Center for IP & Technology Law and research fellow with the Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition and directs the administrative office of Student welfare at O.P Jindal Global University for academic and co-curricular activities such as faculty lecture series, moot courts, seminars and research colloquiums amongst others. Prior to joining academia full time, she worked in the area of Asset Reconstruction (Corporate) Resolutions at one of India’s leading financial institutions, M/s Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited. Thereafter she pursued LL.M. as a NALSAR-Western scholar at the University of Western Ontario, CANADA and wrote a research thesis titled: ‘Perspectives on Technology Transfer’ discussing the micro to macro views of how transfer of technology can serve the intentions of collective good. Her primary focus of recent writing and policy interventions have been on issues interfacing intellectual property law and competition policy, and legal issues concerning technology licensing and use in contemporary times. Her publications have emphasized problem-solving through technology transfer and prioritizing consumer welfare through innovative policy approaches especially in the area of health and high technologies. She has been a teaching and research fellow at the University Of Washington School Of Law, Seattle and the Singapore Management University School of Law, Singapore respectively and engages in academic collaborations and conferences with scholars from around the world.
Joshua Wabwire is a lawyer from Kenya and a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Joshua’s research interests in intellectual property law include international intellectual property dispute resolution, intellectual property laws and policies in the context of regional integration, and protection versus access issues vis-à-vis access to essential medicines in the South. In 2012, he presented a paper on the harmonisation of intellectual property laws in the East African Community (EAC) member states at the Moi University Annual International Conference. A strong advocate for strong intellectual property protection to enable countries in the South address the public health needs of their populations, Joshua has authored a cum laude research paper on the EAC Regional Intellectual Property Policy on the Utilisation of Public Health-Related WTO-TRIPS Flexibilities and the Approximation of National Intellectual Property Legislation, at the International Development Law Unit of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law.