UCL Faculty of Laws


Josh Bradley

Key Information
Josh Bradley

  • PhD topic: Patent-Eligible Subject Matter (Patent Law)




  • Josh Bradley joined the Faculty in 2020 after being awarded the UCL IBIL scholarship to conduct research in patent law.  He is a licensed US attorney and former USPTO patent examiner and engineer, who holds a BS in engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, a JD/MBA from Saint Louis University, and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Turin/WIPO.  His research concentrates on patent-eligible subject matter, and he hopes that his research will advance an effort to reform the current ambiguous standard of determining eligibility with a more harmonized, certain, and predictable version of this complex area of the patent law.  Because the information age has ushered in new importance on data and information inventions – like Internet, software, AI/ML, and business method technologies –the subject matter eligibility rules of patentability may need to adapt, in the United States and globally, to incorporate these non-traditional inventions.


  • Qualifications: 

MPhil/PhD Candidate in Patent Law, UCL Laws; 

LL.M., Intellectual Property (Distinction), from University of Turin & World Intellectual Property Organization (Turin, Italy)

J.D. (Juris Doctorate), concentrations in IP Law and International & Comparative Law, from Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO, USA)

M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, from Saint Louis University

B.S. in Engineering (Distinction), emphasis in Technology Management and a minor in Mathematics, from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO, USA)

Certificate in Copyright Law from Harvard Law School



Research Supervisors:

Areas of Expertise:

Intellectual Property Law (Patent Law)

Research Interests:

Patent Law, Patentable Subject Matter and new technology

UCL Associations / Academic and Professional Memberships:

a. Senior Editor, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2020-2021)

b. UCL Moot Co-Coach, Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot Competition (2021-Present), with The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

c. Associate Lecturer (Teaching), LLM Patent Law Course, 2021-Present

Legal Professional Experience:

a. Licensed Attorney, State of Missouri, USA

b. Patent Examiner, Business Methods & Software Technologies, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

c. Technology Transfer & Licensing, Missouri S&T

Non-Legal Professional Experience:

Apple, Chrysler, and in politics in the US


Joshua Bradley, ‘Business Methods Patent Eligibility: An Examiner’s View and a Plea for Certainty’ (2019). WIPO Academy, University of Turin and ITC-ILO - Master of Laws in IP - Research Papers Collection - 2018-2019, Available at SSRN:  http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3682467.