Institute of Brand and Innovation Law


John Hull

Visiting Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law


John Hull is Visiting Lecturer at IBIL. He is a graduate of the University of Warwick and the LSE. He is also Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Queen Mary IP Research Institute and visiting lecturer at the IP Academy in Singapore. He is a practising solicitor and a partner with Memery Crystal LLP.

His practice covers both contentious and non contentious intellectual property. He has a particular interest in the law relating to commercial secrecy, privacy, data privacy and freedom of information and in the commercial exploitation of IP. He also practices in the field of public law and has represented mainly universities in over 20 judicial review cases in recent years. He has published widely. He is the author of "Commercial Secrecy: Law and Practice"; co-author of the "Ideas and Information" section of Butterworths Education Law Handbook and many articles and reviews in academic and professional journals.

Current Teaching


Commercialisation of Intellectual Property Law


Journal Articles

  • "Topsy Turvey or Just Down Under - A Case Note on the University of Western Australia v Gray" [2010] EIPR 43 (with A Toutoungi)
  • "Trade Secret Licensing - The Art of the Possible" [2009] 4 JIPLP 203
  • "Making Preparations to Compete - A Note on Helmet Systems v Tunnard" [2009] EIPR 623
  • "Searching for the Truth - Pre Action Disclosure and the Departing Employee" [2008] CIPA Jo 503 (with A Toutoungi)
  • "Ownership of Rights Created in Sponsored Academic Collaborations - a Note on the IDA, Statoil and Cyprotex Decisions" [2007] EIPR 6
  • "Property Rights in Secrets - Douglas v Hello! in the Court of Appeal" [2005] EIPR 379 (with Sarah Abbott)
  • "Disclosure in the Public Interest" [2004] EIPR 515
  • "The Protection of Secrets in English Law" [2000] 12 International Quarterly 263.


  • "Butterworths Education Law Manual" - the "Ideas and Information" Section (with C.Chia) 2002.
  • "Commercial Secrecy: Law and Practice" (Sweet & Maxwell) 1998.