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Obituary: Professor Sir Hugh Laddie (1946-2008)

3 December 2008

It is with profound sadness that UCL announces the death of Professor Sir Hugh Laddie, Chair of Intellectual Property Law within UCL Laws, on Friday 29 November 2008.

Prof Sir Hugh Laddie

Sir Hugh held his Chair in the UCL Laws Faculty from 2005. In this short time he established the Faculty as a centre for excellence for Intellectual Property and launched the UCL Institute for Brand and Innovation Law.


In an obituary, Daniel Alexander QC (Visiting Professor at UCL Laws) describes Sir Hugh's impact on life at UCL:

"In 2006, Sir Hugh, as he had become, was offered a chair of Intellectual Property Law at UCL and an opportunity to make his mark on the academic world. He was an immediate success in that context, a natural and engaging teacher, inspiring students with his knowledge and love of intellectual property. He threw himself into this work, founding the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law at UCL, setting up a series of sell-out events on important contemporary topics of IP law and establishing links with China and India. He was a regular and engaged attendee at Fordham in New York and had a wide intellectual circle around the world."

The loss of Sir Hugh's enthusiasm, commitment to teaching and excellence, and inspired leadership will be keenly felt by all those who have worked with him.

UCL Laws has set up a webpage for condolences or tributes about Sir Hugh. To read or contribute to these, and to read the full obituary, follow the links at the top of this item.