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CCLS Intellectual Property Seminars

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The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) organises the following seminars and events. Please go to the School of Law events page to see further upcoming events. For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on

Global Intellectual Property Law Lecture Series 2016-2017

Convenors: Professor Uma Suthersanen and Dr Gaetano Dimita.

The Lecture Series hosts leading academics and distinguished practitioners to speak about current IP issues. The format consists of a presentation of about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the assembled group of academic staff, graduate students (Masters and PhD), researchers, and practitioners. Refreshments and snacks are served after the discussion for further networking opportunities as well as a chance to meet the speakers. All are welcome!

More Than Just a Game

More than Just a Game is the only international academic-led conference on Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law. Since 2016 it has been part of the Fringe of the London Game festival.

Now in its third year, the conference is a well-established platform to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, explore solutions and map the legal issues that must be addressed for a more appropriate understanding, promotion and protection of interactive entertainment. The full programmes of the previous editions are available at: 2015-2016.

The main theme of the 2017 edition conference will be Virtual and Augmented Reality. To accommodate the increasing demand for the conference, the 2017 edition will be a two days event, housed at the Stationers’ Hall. For the first time the conference will be open to the media and the public in addition to the 120 invited delegates from academia, practice and industry. The conference is organised by Dr Gaetano Dimita and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London.

Research Cafe seminars 2015-16

Venue: Room 3.1 Lincoln's Inn Fields campus, CCLS (unless otherwise stated).

Time: 6pm-8pm (unless otherwise stated).

Please note: Research Cafés are open to registered QMUL students only.


  • 26 October: Piracy: what to do? - Florian Koempel
  • 9 November: Private Copying - Florian Koempel (room 1.1)
  • 23 November: Owning the World of Ideas - Matthew David
  • 30 November: Protecting trade marks under investment treaties: the case of tobacco plain packaging - Metka Potocnik (room 3.6).


  • 11 January: The challenge of live-streaming to IP based media models: the case of English Premier League Football rights - Matthew David
  • 18 January: Communication to the public - Florian Koempel
  • 8 February: Free speech and industrial property cases: the good, the bad and the commercial - David Musker
  • 15 February: Free speech and copyright - Paula Westenberger and Florian Koempel
  • 22 February: Beyond warp technology: an analysis of the IP regime on stardate 41978.8 - Uma Suthersanen and Gaetano Dimita
  • 29 February: Policy Watch: International Copyright Reforms - Florian Koempel
  • 7 March: Human gene patenting - Graham Dutfield.
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