LLM Programme

Matt Fisher  


BSc (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), PGDip -Bar Vocational Course (UWE)
Vice Dean (Education)
Senior Lecturer
contact details:

phone: +44 (0)20 3108 5007 | internal: x55007
email: m.fisher@ucl.ac.uk
Assistant to the Dean's Team: Helena Zara
phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1412 | internal: x21412

Matt Fisher joined the Faculty of Laws on a full-time basis in 2009, prior to this he was a visiting lecturer (2008-9). He previously worked (as both lecturer and senior lecturer) at the University of Bristol (2002-9) where he established a reputation as an expert in the field of patent law. He has also taught, on a visiting basis, at the University of Hong Kong (2002-present).

Matt is particularly interested in patent law, and has developed a body of work, which is both cross-disciplinary - concerning legal, economic and historical analyses of the patent system - and comparative - examining international perspectives on patent law, particularly with respect to Germany, the US, Japan and the European Patent Office. He is regularly invited to attend seminars and roundtable discussions to talk about his work, and has recently given papers at the Westminster Policy Forum, at the 10th Annual IEEM conference in Macau, at UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law and at various other commercial and non-commercial conferences. Matt's articles have attracted international attention and his recently published monograph, Fundamentals of Patent Law: Interpretation and Scope of Protection (Hart, 2007), has been very well-received, winning the inaugural Inner Temple Young Author's Book Prize. Additionally, Matt is often used by publishing houses (including Ashgate, Hart Publishing, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Pearson Education and Sweet & Maxwell) to review both manuscripts and articles for publication.

External appointments

  • External assessor (subject specialist), National University of Ireland (2010-11)
  • Member of the IPKat blogging team (2010- )
  • External reviewer for University of London External LLM Programme (2009-10)
  • Visiting lecturer in Intellectual Property law at University College London in 2008-9.
  • Member of Grays Inn (2008- ) (2010 Call)
  • Contributing Editor (subject specialist): Jowitt’s Legal Dictionary (2007-10)
  • Assessor for University of London External LLB (2007- )
  • Visiting lecturer in Intellectual Property law at the University of Hong Kong (2002- )

Matt’s research interests are in the field of intellectual property law, particularly patents.



  • Fundamentals of Patent Law: Interpretation and Scope of Protection (Oxford: Hart, 2007). Winner of the Inner Temple Young Author’s Book Prize (2008).
  • Law of Intellectual Property (Bedford, ITC Publishing, 2006). ISBN: 1-84256-284-8, 412 pages (responsible for rewriting approximately 30% of the text, and editing the rest)
  • Law of Intellectual Property – Volume III: Registered Trade Marks and Passing Off, (Bedford, ITC Publishing, 2005) ISBN: 1-84256-156-X, 168 pages (responsible for rewriting approximately 70% of the text)

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Enablement and Written Description’, in Bagley, Erstling & Okediji (eds), Global Perspectives on Patent Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  • ‘Darcy v. Allen’ in Heath and Kamperman-Sanders (eds.), Landmark IP Cases and their Legacy (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2011).

Journal Articles

  • ‘Neatly Wrapped – UDR in the PCC’ (2011) 6 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (forthcoming).
  • ‘A Review of Pottage & Sherman: Figures of Invention’ (2011) 6 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (forthcoming).
  • ‘A Case-Study in Literalism? Dissecting the English Approach to Patent Claim Construction in Light of Occlutech V AGA Medical’ [2011] Intellectual Property Quarterly 283.
  • ‘The Concept of Invention…’ (2011) 6 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 193.
  • ‘Fuzzy Boundaries, Woolly Limitations and Over-Broad Claims: A Case Study in Insufficiency’ (2011) 6 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 140.
  • ‘The Case that Launched a Thousand Writs, Or All that is Dross? Reconceiving Darcy v Allen: The Case of Monopolies’ [2010] Intellectual Property Quarterly 356.
  • ‘Court of Appeal confirms dictionary approach to claim construction’ (2010) 5 Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 677.
  • ‘Clear, Correct, Current: what Morcom one ask?’ A review of Morcom, Roughton and Malynicz, The Modern Law of Trade Marks (3rd Ed) [2009] Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 445.
  • ‘Third Time Lucky?’ A review of Davis, Intellectual Property Law (3rd Ed) [2009] Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 221.
  • ‘A Good Thing in a Small Package?’ A review of Leverve & Phillips, The Exclusion of Surgical, Therapeutic and Diagnostic Inventions from Patentability under Article 52(4) of the European Patent Convention [2009] Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 69.
  • ‘New Protocol, Same Old Story? – Patent Claim Construction under the EPC, Looking Back with a View to the Future’ [2008] Intellectual Property Quarterly 133-162.
  • ‘Making a Success of a Failure’. A review of Bessen and Meurer, Patent Failure – How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers put Innovators at Risk [2008] Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 805.
  • ‘The Tyranny of Words: Patent Claim Construction in the UK and US’ (2007) 36 Common Law World Review 262-296.
  • ‘Classical Economics and Philosophy of the Patent System’ [2005] Intellectual Property Quarterly 1-26.
  • ‘Growth of the Japanese patent system: a lesson for us all?’ [2004] Intellectual Property Quarterly 85-113.
  • ‘Book Review of Bently & Sherman, Intellectual Property Law’ [2004] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 409-10.
  • ‘United States: Patents – Prosecution History Estoppel’, [2004] European Intellectual Property Review N23-4.

Current Teaching
Criminal Law, Property I and Property II
Intellectual Property Law

Patents: History, Theory & Economy
Technology and Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks, Designs and Unfair Competition
The Law of Copyright and Designs
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands

Ph.D Supervision
Matt Fisher welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.

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