UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law hosts its inaugural IP PhD Conference

30 June 2022

The highly successful event included presentations from IP PhD students from across the UK and beyond who are researching various IP topics including patent quality, ‘green’ IP, branding and more.

Lumi Olteanu, Josh Bradley, Alina Shchetinina and Felipe Osorio-Umaña

On 22 June 2022, UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) hosted its inaugural IBIL IP PhD Conference at UCL Faculty of Laws. The event was organised by UCL Laws' PhD students Lumi Olteanu, Josh Bradley, Alina Shchetinina and Felipe Osorio-Umaña (above from left to right) with the support of IBIL’s Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Professor Ilanah Fhima, Dr Matt Fisher and Dr Lynne Chave.

The day-long conference, which aimed to bring together students researching in various IP subjects, was opened by Professor David Vaver (Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Osgoode Hall Law School & Professor Emeritus University of Oxford) who delivered the keynote speech entitled ‘Reflections on Doctoral Work’.

IP PhD students from ten different universities presented their research in a friendly and supportive environment, both online and face-to-face. Those presenting received feedback and advice from the established IP academics present, including Professor Tanya Aplin (King’s College London), Professor Phillip Johnson (Cardiff Law School), Dr Luke McDonagh (LSE Law School) and Dr Marc Mimler (City Law School), who were the panel discussants. Luke Adams, the Head of Law Publishing at Edward Elgar Publishing joined the Conference as the Guest Speaker and shared interesting insights on when, where and how to publish your PhD thesis.

The Conference was followed by IBIL’s annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture and Dinner where the winner of the Best Conference Paper Prize was announced. The prize was awarded to Wissam Aoun (University of Windsor) for his paper entitled: ‘The Hypothetical Infringer? Implications of the Synthesis of Professional Patent Agency and the Anglo-American Hypothetical Person Skilled in the Art’.

Find out more about the conference papers and speakers in the conference programme or on the IBIL PhD Conference page.