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Monday 17 July 2017
Details of International Conference Announced

IBIL and George Washington University's Faculty of Law announce their 3rd Conference on Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things. The conference, taking place on 9th-10th November, will be an unique gathering of industry, the judiciary and regulators from the US, Europe and Asia, organised by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property at UCL Laws) and Professor Marty Adelman, Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies of George Washington University’s Faculty of Law.

Information about the programme and how to book is now available on the conference website: here.

Thursday 6 July 2017
UCL Laws IP students celebrate graduation at Royal Festival Hall

Read the full story here

Tuesday 4 July 2017
Prof. Sir Robin Jacob Comments Comments on the UN High-level Panel Report on
Access to Medicines

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The article appears in the forthcoming issue of Bio-Science Law Review. The UN High-level Panel Report is available to download here.

Wednesday 21 June 2017
9th Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture - Towards a Global Copyright Law?

Delivered by
Shira Perlmutter
Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office

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The 9th Annual Sir Hugh Laddie lecture has now been made available to watch on demand, here.

Wednesday 17 June 2017
On Trial: Mozart and Other Pirates

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This popular lecture has now been made available to watch on demand, here.

Tuesday 13 June 2017
New IBIL PhD Scholarship for 2018/19

IBIL is delighted to announce that it is offering a new scholarship in 2018/19. The scholarship will fund one PhD student to undertake research in the field of Intellectual Property, and will provide a stipend of £18,000 per year for 3 years. Fees at the Home/EU rate are covered (the scholarship is open to international students as well; if successful, an international student would receive a discount on the international fees equivalent to the value of the Home/EU fees, and would need to cover the difference with their own funds).

All applicants to the UCL Laws PhD Programme in the field of Intellectual Property will be considered for the scholarship. The applications period runs from September to November each year - to put yourself forward for the scholarship, simply submit an application to the programme by following the admissions instructions on our admissions website (here).

For more information about the academic staff open to supervising PhD research, please click here, or email phd-law@ucl.ac.uk with any queries.

IBIL would like to thank its sponsors for their generosity, which has made this scholarship possible.

Tuesday 21 March 2017
IBIL Joins Twitter!

Follow us for news, events and IP musings: @ucl_ibil.

Monday 20 March 2017
UCL's Intellectual Property Moot Team Success

We are very pleased to announce that UCL’s Intellectual Property moot team (Irene Kuek, Pak Hei Li and Andrew Stahl) reached the semi-finals in the oral rounds of the Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition, which took place at the University of Oxford between 16th and 18th March.

UCL was successful in the preliminary rounds which whittled the original 24 teams to just eight, and beat off stiff competition from the Otago team to reach the final four, along with Oxford, Toronto and Bucerius - the ultimate winners.

The moot is one of the most prestigious intellectual property law mooting competitions attracting applications from teams from many distinguished law schools. This year 59 teams from around the world submitted written arguments this year (from which 24 were selected). The team, with coaches Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Daniela Simone, Lecturer in Law at UCL Laws, and last year’s Semi-Finalists Jennifer Dixon and Kyra Nezami.

Wednesday 8 February 2017
Copyright Law and Freedom of Speech

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Copyright law often thought to be designed to embody an appropriate balance between the need to allow copyright owners control over uses of copyright works (thereby providing an incentive for creativity) and the need to preserve some access to those works for socially valuable uses. Increasingly, however, copyright law has been subject to the criticism that it no longer strikes the right balance between control and access.

This seminar investigated the interaction between copyright law and the protection of freedom of speech from a number of different angles:

  • Judge M Margaret McKeown (US Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit) discussed the view from the US – considering, in particular, Google v Garcia 786 F 3d 733 (9th Cir. 2015) and the trend for litigants to try to use copyright law to remedy personal harms or to protect privacy interests.
  • Jonathan Griffiths (Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London) considered the impact of recent jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the European Union and suggested that fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression, will have an increased significance upon the interpretation of copyright exceptions.
  • Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament, Pirate Party) and John Halton (Assistant General Council, Financial Times) debated whether more (i.e. the proposed ancillary press publishers right) or less copyright protection was required to reach the right balance.

The Event was chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL IBIL).

Click here for the Programme details.

Click here for a social media highlight of the event by UCL Laws LLM student, Patricio González (@mrpatrick).

Monday 30 January 2017
UCL's Intellectual Property Moot Team Success

We are very pleased to announce that UCL’s Intellectual Property moot team (Irene Kuek, Pak Hei Li and Andrew Stahl) has been selected to participate in the oral rounds of the Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition which will take place at the University of Oxford in March.

The moot is one of the most prestigious intellectual property law mooting competitions attracting applications from teams from many distinguished law schools. This year 59 teams from around the world submitted written arguments this year (from which 24 were selected). The team, with coaches Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Daniela Simone, Lecturer in Law at UCL Laws, and last year’s Semi-Finalists Jennifer Dixon and Kyra Nezami, will be attending the competition, which takes place 16 to 18 March 2017.

Monday 23 January - Tuesday 24 January 2017
IBIL co-host a groundbreaking two-day event on privacy

IBIL, in conjunction with UCL Faculty of Laws, organised a two-day course on privacy called Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest’ on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 January 2017.

This event was an opportunity for lawyers and policymakers to consider the state of the current privacy landscape after the Investigatory Powers Bill was passed by Parliament. The Investigatory Powers Bill has been condemned by judges, QCs, law professors, senior lawyers and computer scientists and supported by a 100,000 signature petition of objection. In December its legality was called into question by the CJEU.

The speakers, who include internationally respected lawyers from both the UK and the USA, former government employees, the current director of Europol and experts in international data protection, security, computer science and cryptography, considered a vast array of topics such as freedom of expression, surveillance, national security and the law and ethics of leaking.

Keynote speaker, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europe’s Law Enforcement Agency, EUROPOL, began by outlining Europol’s remit and trans-national work. After a chilling tour of the dark side of the Internet he discussed the tension between privacy and law enforcement. Rob Wainwright was optimistic at society’s ability to develop a set of legal instruments that deliver privacy in a balanced and proportional way. He welcomed the improved openness in the law enforcement community post-Snowden and argued that there is a special responsibility in respect of data held about private citizens to improve trust between citizen and state.

Rob Wainwright saluted the powers and independence, for example, of the Europol’s data protection body that has access to 100% of Europol’s data. Revealing he had been described as “a despotic agent of digital repression” he firmly advocated online privacy as a fundamental right, and did not support the wholesale banning of encryption or any requirement for back door vulnerabilities. While welcoming improved co-operation between tech companies and his agency he was of the view that there was room for improvement beyond the limited circumstances where the interests of law enforcement and the technology companies were aligned.

Friday 16 December 2016
Professor Mark Anderson,
Visiting Professor at UCL Faculty of Laws, gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on 14 December 2016.

Professor Anderson produced his evidence with Daniel Nelki of Wellcome Trust. The evidence focuses on their investigation of “Management of IP and Technology Transfer” and includes Professor Anderson’s suggestions for:

  • A short course on IP in all undergraduate degree courses.
  • A new Royal Academy of Innovation, which would provide a vehicle for interactions with government and for raising the status of technology transfer managers, and academic scientists who mix university research with involvement in industry.
  • Each university to have an experienced business executive who understands IP on the Vice Chancellor’s senior management team.

Watch the video here.

Monday 31 October 2016
Professor Sir Robin Jacob
gave evidence to the House of Lords Special Public Bill Committee at the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill on 17 October 2016.

Read the full evidence here.

Watch the video here.

Wednesday 22 June 2016
Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
on Patents and Populism

delivered by The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC, Federal Court of Australia

About Justice Bennett:
The Honourable Justice Annabelle Bennett AO is a former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property.

Justice Bennett is President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Member of Chief Executive Women; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong . She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Justice Bennett completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in Bioche mistry (the latter in the Faculty of Vet Science) at Sydney University and later obtained her law degree at the University of New South Wales. Her interest in biological sciences has led to membership of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee, the Biotechnology Task Force, the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales and the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service.

Her Honour has also served as Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University. In addition she has been a member of the Gene Patenting Advisory Committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission; member of the Advisory Group for the Dean of Medicine at The University of Sydney; Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust; Director of the Sydney Childr en’s Hospital Foundation; President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences; President of Chief E xecutive Women; as well as a member of the Reference Group for the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2007 and the Head of Delegation to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2008 in Peru. In July 2011 her Honour was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the ANU