LLM Programme

Ilanah Simon Fhima   ILANAH SIMON FHIMA
LLB (UCL), LLM (UCL), PhD (Queen Mary, University of London)
Senior Lecturer

contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1174 | internal: x21174
Email: i.fhima@ucl.ac.uk

Ilanah Simon Fhima joined UCL in September 2007, and is co-director of UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law. Ilanah completed her PhD as a Herchel Smith Research Scholar at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Queen Mary University of London, during which time she also taught at UCL and Kings College, London. More recently, she was a lecturer at Brunel University (2006-2007) and an invited researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Tokyo.

Ilanah serves on the editorial board of the European Intellectual Property Review and was deputy editor of the European Trade Mark Reports until the end of 2009 . She was a group leader on the European section of the International Trade Mark Association’s Well Known Marks and Dilution Committee between 2005 and 2007. She co-founded and was previously a contributor to the IPKat intellectual property weblog

Ilanah regularly presents her research at international conferences, and has conducted judicial training on intellectual property in Israel and Croatia.

Ilanah’s research centres around intellectual property, and in particular, trade mark law. She is particularly interested in infringement issues, the influence of European law on intellectual property law and the development of the ‘essential function’/’specific subject matter’ doctrine. Ilanah has particular research experience in comparative trade mark law (especially with relation to the United States) and trade mark dilution, the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Publications List (PDF)

Current Teaching
Intellectual Property (convenor)

International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks, Designs and Unfair Competition (convenor)
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands (convenor)

PhD Supervision
Ilanah Simon Fhima welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.

page updated on 23 January, 2014



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