Institute of Brand and Innovation Law


IBIL welcomes new members

19 October 2023

This term, IBIL has welcomed four new members to the Institute.

New IBIL members

This term, IBIL has welcomed four new members to the Institute.

In September, IBIL was joined by Ioanna Lapatoura and Marie White, who took up Lecturers (teaching) appointments at the Faculty of Laws.

Ioanna Lapatoura will be teaching LLB students intellectual property law and LLM students copyright law. Ioanna has recently submitted her PhD thesis on intellectual property law at the University of Nottingham, which investigates the role of blockchain within the fashion industry. She was previously a post-graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nottingham and a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University.

Marie White will also be teaching intellectual property law. Marie initially joined UCL Laws as a Guest Lecturer in September 2022 and previously taught intellectual property law at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Oxford. Marie is also currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford. Her research focusses on the implications that approaches to branding as a practice in sociology, cultural and marketing studies have in respect to the doctrinal approach to branding adopted by courts in trade mark disputes.

In October, IBIL also welcomed Dr John Howells and Dheemanth Vangimalla.

Dr John Howells joins the Faculty of Laws as an Affiliate Academic until September 2024. John is an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Social Sciences at the Aarhus University, Denmark. His research concerns the theory and empirical evidence pertaining to the role of patents in development. John has been working with Dr Ron Katznelson on the role of patents in four classic US historical cases where pioneer patents are alleged to have retarded development: in the aircraft, incandescent lamp, automobile and radio industries. During his stay, John will be working to develop a project to compare individual and small entity patent filing rates at the US and the European Patent Offices. 

Dheemanth Vangimalla also joined the IBIL team in October, having graduated from UCL in September with a distinction on the LLM in Intellectual Property Law. Before his studies at UCL, Dheemanth trained as a doctor (awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of East Anglia and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) in Molecular Therapeutics at Queen Mary University of London), and later completed the Graduate Diploma in Law. He will be working as a research assistant at IBIL, and coaching the UCL team for the International Oxford Intellectual Property Moot, until commencing his pupillage at Three New Square.

We look forward to working with them!