Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Uma Suthersanen, LLB (Hons) (Singapore), LLM (London), PhD (London), Advocate and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Singapore


Professor of International Intellectual Property Law

Email: u.suthersanen@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8081
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Uma Suthersanen holds degrees in law from the National University of Singapore (LL.B) and Queen Mary, University of London (LLM and PhD). She held a Herchel Smith Fellowship, and a Financial Times Law & Tax Fellowship at Queen Mary, before being permanently appointed as a lecturer in 2001, and became, in 2009, a Professor in International Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. She is also a Co-Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, and an Academic Co-Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme. She is the current editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s European Copyright and Design Reports, and a founding/current editor of Queen Mary Studies in Intellectual Property. She is a specialist editor on EU Copyright Law in Copinger & Skone-James on Copyright (Sweet & Maxwell, 17th Edition, 1st Supplement, 2018).

She has served as a consultant and given evidence to various UN organisations, governments and legislators, including the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Governments of Israel and Singapore. She is the sole/lead author of the following commissioned reports: Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe, (for European Commission, 2016); Innovation without Patents: Harnessing the Creative Spirit in a Diverse World, (for Singapore I.P. Academy/Government, 2007); Utility Models and Innovation in Developing Countries, (for United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)/International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), 2006).

Her works have been cited extensively, including in the following: Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion in Société des Produits Nestlé SA v Cadbury UK Ltd (Case C-215/14. ECLI:EU:C:2015:395); Advocate General Cosmas’ Opinion in Parfums Christian Dior SA v TUK Consultancy BV (Joined cases C-300/98 and C-392/98.ECLI:EU:C:2000:378); UNCTAD Tool Box for Policy Coherence in Access to Medicines and Local Pharmaceutical Production 2017; Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s Report on Intellectual Property Arrangements 2016; European Commission’s Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe, 2016; Australian Government’s IPAustralia Economic Research Paper 05, The economic impact of innovation patents, 2015; OECD’s Enquiries Into Intellectual Property’s Economic Impact, 2015; WTO’s Working Paper on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Export Diversification: the Application of Utility Model Laws (2014); Indian Government’s Discussion Paper on Utility Models (DIPP, 2011); UNCTAD Development Dimensions of Intellectual Property in Indonesia:Access to Medicines, Transfer of Technology and Competition, 2011; World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Secretariat / Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, Note on the Meanings of the Term “Public Domain” in the Intellectual property System, Seventeenth Session, 2010; WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property: UNCTAD/ICTSD Side-event on the WIPO Development Agenda and the Public Domain (2010); UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2007; World Bank & OECD - Innovation Policy Platform .

She is a Visiting Overseas Fellow of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore. She is/has been in various British and international committees including: Executive Committee of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (Chairman from 2006-10; Vice-Chairman from 2010-2013); Executive Committee Member of the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale (2006-2016); British Copyright Council (Copyright and Technology Working Group, 2004-2012); British Computer Society (Legal Advisory Committee, 2004-2011); Working Group on Trade and Intellectual Property, Geneva Trade & Development Forum on Inclusive Globalization (2007-8); Institute for Public Policy Research (Advisory Board, 2006-7); AHRB Copyright Research Network, Birkbeck, London (Core Member, 2004-7); and the Creative Commons (England & Wales) (Legal Advisory Board, 2004-10).

She has been a visiting professor to institutions around the world, including University of Southampton, University of Essex, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota), Université Robert Schuman (France), University of Ankara (on the WIPO LLM programme), University of Western Ontario (Canada), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (Macedonia), and University of Washington, St. Louis (USA). She has been interviewed and quoted in various international media including the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian and on BBC Radio 4 (Law in Action).

She has published over 70 works, including Dutfield & Suthersanen on Global Intellectual Property Law (Edward Elgar, 2008, forthcoming 2nd edition, 2018), Shifting Empire: 100 Years of the Copyright Act 1911 (with Ysolde Gendreau, 2012); Design Law in the European Union and the United States (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010); Global Copyright: Three Hundred Years Since the Statute of Anne, from 1710 to Cyberspace, (with Lionel Bently & Paul Torremans) (Edward Elgar, 2010), Innovation Without Patents: Harnessing the Innovative Spirit in a Diverse World, (with Graham Dutfield & Chow Kit Boey, Edward Elgar, 2007), Copyright and Free Speech (with Jonathan Griffiths, Oxford University Press, 2005), Copyright : World Law & Practice (with M. Macdonald & C.Garrigues, Sweet & Maxwell, 2002-2006), and Design: World Law and Practice (with Morag Macdonald & Spyros Maniatis, Sweet & Maxwell, 1997-2004).

She currently supervises seven PhD students, and has first supervised 15 students to successful completion, and second supervised an additional 9 students.



Authored Books

Edited Books


  • Excluding Designs (and Shape Marks): Where is the EU Court of Justice going? (2019) 2 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law - forthcoming
  • Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources: Observing Legal Protection through the Lens of Historical Geography and Human Rights (with Graham Dutfield) 2019 Washburn Law Journal - forthcoming
  • “Property and Culture: A Case Study on Orphan Works” [2017] Vol. XXII Art, Antiquity and Law172-191
  • “Editorial - Impact of Brexit on Art, Business and Law” [2017] Vol. XXII Art, Antiquity and Law97-100
  • ‘Declaration - A Balanced Interpretation Of The “Three-Step Test” In Copyright Law’, (with R. Hilty, C. Geiger, J. Griffiths, [2010] JIPITEC 119.
  • “Creative Commons – the other way”[2007] 20(1) Learned Publishing 59-68
  • Harmonisation or Differentiation in Intellectual Property Protection? The Lessons of History (with G. Dutfield) [2005] 23(2) Prometheus131-147
  • “DNA Music: Intellectual Property and the Law of Unintended Consequences” (with G. Dutfield) [2005] 18(1) Science Studies 5-29
  • “The Innovation Dilemma: Intellectual Property and the Historical Legacy of Cumulative Creativity”, (with G. Dutfield) [2004] 8 Intellectual Property Quarterly 379-421
  • “The European Court of Justice in Philips v Remington: Trade Marks and Market Freedom” [2003] 7 Intellectual Property Quarterly257-283
  • “Copyright and Educational Policies: A Stakeholder Analysis” [2003] 23 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies586-610
  • “Incremental Inventions in Europe: A Legal and Economic Appraisal of 2nd Tier Patents” [2001] Journal of Business Law319-343
  • “Breaking down intellectual property barriers” [1998] 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly267-294
  • “A brief tour of the utility model law” [1998] 20(2) European Intellectual Property Review44-51
  • “Hodgkinson and Corby Ltd” [1995] Journal of Business Law197-200
  • “Ford Motor Company's Application” [1994] Journal of Business Law513-14

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Utility models: do they really serve national innovation strategies’, in The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property”, ed. Josef Drexl, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019
  • ‘Cross-border Copyright Protection in Europe' in Research Handbook on Design Law, ed. Henning Hartwig, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019
  • ‘Who owns the orphans? Property in digital cultural heritage assets', in Research Handbook on Copyright Law Ed. Paul Torremans, Edward Elgar, 2017, ISBN 978 1 78536 142 5
  • 'The EU Directive on Orphan Works', in Copyright in the European Union, Eds. Irini Stamatoudi & Paul Torremans, Edward Elgar, ISBN 978 1 78195 242 9 (with Maria Mercedes Frabboni), 2015
  • 'Copyright and Manufactured Objects: Aesthetic Considerations and Policy Discriminations', Sage Handbook Of Intellectual Property, Eds. Matthew David and Debora Halbert, ISBN 9781446266342, 2015
  • 'Function, art and fashion: do we need the EU design law?' In Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and New Perspectives (Ed. Christoph Geiger), Edward Elgar, ISBN - 978 1 78100 163 9, 2013
  • 'Albion's Legacy?', in Eds. U. Suthersanen & Y. Gendreau, Shifting Empire: 100 Years Since the Imperial Copyright Act of 1911,  Edward Elgar, 978 1 78100 308 4, 2013
  • 'The First Global Copyright Act', in Uma Suthersanen & Ysolde Gendreau (eds), Shifting Empire: 100 Years Since the Imperial Copyright Act of 1911, Edward Elgar, 272pp, ISBN 978 1 78100 308 4, 2013
  • 'Global Intellectual Property Law' (with G. Dutfield), in G. Ziccardi Capaldo, ed., The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence Vol. 2010, Oxford Univ. Press, 7-34, 2012
  • 'The Design/Copyright Overlap: Is there a Resolution?' (with Sam Ricketson) in, Neil Wilkof & Shamnad Basheer (eds), Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights, Oxford Univ. Press, pp. 159-187, ISBN: 9780199696444, 2012
  • 'Copyright as an Engine of Free Speech: An English Perspective', in Copyright and Freedom of Expression, ALAI 2008:Huygens Editorial, pp.167-187, ISBN 9788493598129, 2008
  • 'Some initial thoughts on copyright, human rights and market freedom', in G. Westkamp (ed.), Emerging Issues in Modern Intellectual Property: Trade, Technology, Market Freedom, Edward Elgar, pp.35-53, ISBN: 1 84542 775 0, 2007
  • 'Copyright Law: A Stakeholder's Palimpsest', in F. Macmillan (ed.) New Directions in Copyright Law, Edward Elgar, pp.119-134, ISBN: 9781 84542 264 6, 2007
  • 'Bleak House or Great Expectations? The Literary Author as a Stakeholder in Nineteenth-Century International Copyright Politics', in H. Porsdam (editor), Copyright and Other Fairy Tales, Edward Elgar, pp. 40-60, ISBN: 1845426010, 2006
  • “Technology, Time and Market Forces: The Stakeholder in the Kazaa Era", in M. Pugatch (ed), The Intellectual Property Debate: Perspectives from Law, Economics and Political Economy, Edward Elgar, pp.230-267, ISBN:1845420381, 2006
  •  “Towards an International Public Interest Rule? Human Rights and International Copyright Law”, in J. Griffiths and U. Suthersanen (eds.), Copyright and Free Speech, Oxford University Press:Oxford, 97-124 pp, ISBN 0199276048, 2005
  •  “Harmonising Design Law in a Free Trade Area: Jurisprudential Lessons from the European Union and the United States", in C. Antons, M. Blakeney and C. Heath (editors), Intellectual Property Harmonisation Within ASEAN and APEC, Kluwer Law International, pp. 57-92, ISBN: 9041122923, 2004
  • "The Economic Efficacy of Utility Model Protection, in C. Heath and A. Kamperman-Sanders" (editors), Industrial Property in the Bio-Medical Age, Kluwer Law International, pp. 231-256, ISBN: 9041199268, 2003
  • "The Role and Structure of the United Kingdom Copyright Tribunal", in Y. Gendreau (editor), Institutions Administratives Du Droit D'Auteur / Copyright Administrative Institutions, Éditions Yvon Blais: Montreal, pp.481-504, ISBN: 2894516010, 2002
  • "A Comparative Review of Database Protection in the European Union and United States", in F. Dessemontet and R. Gani (editors), Creative Ideas for Intellectual Property, CEDIDAC: Lausanne, pp.49-89, ISBN: 28819750451, 2002
  • "Napster, DVD and All That: Developing a Coherent Copyright Grid for Internet Entertainment", in E. Barendt and A. Firth (editors), Yearbook of Copyright and Media Law, Oxford University Press, pp.207-250, ISBN: 0199245843, 2002
  • "The Legislative Experience of Collecting Societies in European Union Member States", in Gestão Colectiva do Direito de Autor e Direitos Conexos no Ambiente Digital, Portuguese Ministry of Culture/E.U. Presidency/European Commission: Lisbon, pp.111-154, ISBN: 9729868301, 2001
  • "The Law of Copyright" and "The Law of Design", in I. Purvis and J. Pierce (eds),Working with Technology: Law & Practice, Sweet & Maxwell, pp.195-230, pp.231-256, ISBN: 0421598107, 2001
  • "Collectivism of copyright: the future of rights management in the European Union" in E. Barendt and A. Firth (editors), Yearbook of Copyright and Media Law, Oxford University Press, pp.15-42, 2000
  • "Legal and economic aspects of bioprospecting", in M. Blakeney (ed), Intellectual Property Aspects of Ethnobiology, Sweet and Maxwell, pp.43-83, ISBN 0421684305, 1999
  • "Exclusions to design protection: a new model", in A Sterling (ed), Intellectual Property and Market Freedom, Sweet and Maxwell, pp.1-61, ISBN 0421607009, 1997

Commissioned Reports and Policy Briefs

  • Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe, commissioned by the European Commission, 2016 - lead author
  • Development Dimensions of Intellectual Property in Cambodia – Copyright and Culture, commissioned by United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, 86pp (approximately), forthcoming - lead author
  • “A2K and the WIPO Development Agenda: Time to List the Public Domain”, UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on IPRs and Sustainable Development, Policy Brief Number 1, December 2008, published in Bridges 13(1), ISSN 1684 9825, 2009 (available at http://ictsd.net/news/bridges/)
  • Developing a Positive Agenda for Copyright Issues for the CEMAC for EPA Negotiations, commissioned for ICTSD/ACDIC CEMAC Regional Dialogue on European Partnership Agreements, IPRs and Sustainable Development, 21 pp, 2008
  • Utility Models and Innovation in Developing Countries, jointly commissioned by United Nations Conference on Trade & Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Issue Paper 13, 68 pp, ISSN: 1681-8954, 2006
  • “Europe Rejects The Linguistic Struggle....and the Software Patents Directive” [2005] 1(8) Know IP 3-5; and in Managing Intellectual Property, with Stockholm Network, 59-61 pp, September 2005
  • Identifying Stakeholders’ Interests in Copyright and Commerce, in Intellectual Property and Rights Ownership, Westminster Forum Projects:London, 42-45, ISBN 1905029101, 2005
  • The Legal and Economic Feasibility of Utility Model Protection in Singapore, commissioned by the Singapore Intellectual Property Academy, with Dutfield and Chow, 2005 - lead author
  • Copyright, Education, and Fundamental Freedoms: The Right to Knowledge, commissioned jointly by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development “Regional Arab Dialogue”, Geneva, 2005
  • The Future of Copyright Reform in Developing Countries: Teleological Interpretation, Localized Globalism and the “Public Interest” Rule, commissioned jointly by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development “Bellagio Dialogue on IPRs and Sustainable Development”, Geneva, 2005
  • Harmonisation or Differentiation in Intellectual Property Protection? a report commissioned by the the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, with G. Dutfield, 2004
  • The Legislative Experience of Collecting Societies in European Union Member States, for the European Commission and Portuguese EU Presidency Colloquium on Collective Management of Copyright in the Digital Environment (Evora), published in Gestão Colectiva do Direito de Autor e Direitos Conexos no Ambiente Digital, Portuguese Ministry of Culture/ European Commission, 111-54 pp, ISBN 9729868301, 2001
  • An Assessment of Educational Exceptions in Copyright Law, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Institute, published in Copyright–Whose Flexible Friend in the Information Society?, Intellectual Property Institute:London, 30-56 pp, ISBN 1874001618, 2001
  • The New Draft Designs Directive, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Institute:London, 1-15, ISBN 1874001480, with A. Firth, 1997


  • Penguin Dictionary of Law - 100 definitional, discursive, and biographical entries in intellectual property (J. Webb, editor, Penguin), ISBN-13: 9780141027272, 2010
  • “Copyright in the Courts: The Da Vinci Code” [2006] 9(3) WIPO - World Intellectual Property Magazine 12-14
  • Huzzah for Kazaa or R.I.P. Kazaa?, in A. Jensen and M. Pugatch (eds), Intellectual Property Frontiers: Expanding the Borders of Discussion, Stockholm Network:London, 22-23, 2005
  • L’attuazione della Direttiva 98/71/CE sul design nel Regno Unito”, in La tutela del Design nell’Unione Europea, Curia Mercatorum Publishing, Treviso, 2002
  • Book Review: The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law (Sherman/Bently) [2001] 5 Edinburgh Law Review 399-402
  • Book Review : Dalloz Code de la Propriété Intellectuelle (Sirinelli/Pollaud-Dulian/Durrande) [1998] 4 Intellectual Property Quarterly 530-531
  • “Most Sacred Property”, with H.G.Lim [1994] Managing Intellectual Property 41-45
  • “Authorship and Ownership of Industrial Designs” [1994] Managing Intellectual Property 23-34
  • “A Jolly Good Bill - Their Lordships Consider the Trade Marks Bill”, with B. Tutt, [1994] Trade Marks Yearbook 34 – 40
  • “Pig Fenders -“Commonplace” [1993] 24 European Communities Trade Mark Association 39-45.


PhD Supervision 

I am currently only interested in doctoral applications in the following areas:

  • Indigenous/chthonic/customary law, cultural heritage, access and benefit sharing, traditional knowledge
  • IPRs and human rights (especially the rights to education/health/science & culture/property/self-determination, conflicts with competition or societal ethos)
  • Art and/or design, the philosophy of property/personhood
  • Science fiction, AI, robots: philosophy of intellectual property/literature & law

Current PhD students

  • Pinar Oruç (CCLS Herchel Smith scholar): The Effect of Copyright Laws on the Preservation and Digitisation of Cultural Heritage (submitted)
  • Kelvin Sum: Syncing copyright with the online digital environment
  • Paraskevi Kollia, (Queen Mary School of Law scholar): Farmers rights vis-à-vis the right to food: The effect of EU intellectual property rights in contemporary Greece
  • Maryam Parsoon, (Herchel Smith Scholar) : Can an Understanding of Artistic Creativity and a Strategy to Raise IP Awareness Among U.S. and U.K. Artists Make Them a More Effective Subject of Copyright Law?
  • Lucius Klobučník, (EIPIN Innovation Society Scholarship/Researcher): Collecting Management Organisations and Institutional Users
  • Alexandros Alexandrou, HSS Scholar: Video Games and Copyright

The following students were first supervised to completion:

  • Paula Westenberger (Queen Mary School of Law scholar): Freedom of expression, performance art and copyright : A socio-legal analysis of the Brazilian jurisprudence - passed summer 2018 
  • Natalie G. S. Corthésy: What’s In A Name?” International Intellectual Property Protection of Nation Brands - passed summer 2018
  • Heesob Nam, A Human Rights Approach in Global Intellectual Property Regime: ‘Trade Related’ v. ‘Human Rights Related’ – passed 2018
  • Lynda Oswald: United States multi-actor patent infringement doctrine and the role of specialised appellate courts - passed January 2016
  • Vivian Mak (Queen Mary AHRC scholar): Patenting human genetic material: a comparative study - passed November 2014
  • Mary Gani-Ikilama (Herchel Smith scholar): An analysis of the effects of copyright law on the creative autonomy of the performing author in the Nigerian popular music industry - passed November 2014
  • Henry Nampandu (Commonwealth scholar): The conflict between copyright and the right to education: a least developed country perspective with specific reference to Uganda – passed summer 2014
  • Pawarit Lertdhamtewe (Herchel Smith scholar): Intellectual property rights and development: reforming plant protection regime in Thailand for development objectives – passed summer 2014
  • Shang-pei Chung (Taiwanese Government Scholar): Patents as property in Taiwanese jurisprudence: rebuilding a property model for patents – passed autumn 2013
  • Gaetano Dimita: Copyright and shared networking technologies
  • Jairak Euarchukiate (Thai Government scholar): Access to essential medicines and patents in Thailand
  • Maria Mercedes Frabboni (Herchel Smith scholar): Collective management of music rights: a test of competition and industrial organization theories
  • Mark Abell: The regulation of franchising in the European Union
  • Beverley Pereira: A regional approach to the management of copyright in the Caribbean community
  • Phillip Johnson: Private International law, Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • John Cahir (Herchel Smith scholar): A harmony between private and common ownership: the evolution of property in digitally networked information societies
  • Marisella Ouma: Copyright Enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa

The following students were second supervised to successful completion:

  • Shane Burke Disintegrating reification: developing artistic practice and copyright’s increasing struggle for relevance
  • Marta Diaz Pozo (Herchel Smith scholar): Patentability Requirements’ Failure in Biotechnology Patents: The EC Directive on Biotechnological Inventions
  • Athina Loverdou: Copyright and freedom of expression: revising the Berne Convention
  • Estelle Derclaye: In search of an adequate legal protection of databases: a comparative analysis
  • Martin Kuppers: Third-party copyright liability of online service providers in the UK and USA
  • Johanna von Braun: Do public policy objectives have a space in the negotiation of bilateral free trade agreements?  A study of multi-level diplomacy and the making of intellectual property law
  • Rajesh Sagar: The evolution of patent policy in India from 1856 to 2005
  • Hanan Almawla: The problem of author’s moral rights in conflicts of laws
  • Ke Shao: The justice of balance: understanding intellectual property from Chinese historical and philosophical perspectives



Public Engagement

Invited Lectures and Keynotes (2012-2018)

  • Keynote Lecture: Intellectual Property Panel, 109th Annual Conference of The Society of Legal Scholars, Queen Mary, London, 4 September 2018.
  • Keynote lecture : Education and Copyright in the International Workshop on Intellectual Property Law in Perspective of Economic Growth and Wealth Creation, to be held August 16-16, 2017, in Izmir, Turkey (jointly organised by the Izmir University of Economics and Queen Mary, London (funded by the Newton / Katip Celebi Fund).
  • Copyright and Out-of-Commerce Works in the 6th International Intellectual Property Congress, 9 June 2017, organised by Queen Mary, London and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
  • Universities, Educational Use and Copyright : A Comparative Review, in Intellectual Property and global development: 50 Years after Stockholm, organized by Texas A&M University School of Law, Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1, 2017, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Copyright Licences and Orphan Works, Annual Congress of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI 2017), 17-20 May 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Copyright and Course Packs: A Collision of Competing Values?, Thursday, 24 November 2016, organized by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford, Oxford
  • Acquis Communautaire in Design Law, Annual Congress of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI 2016), Rome September 2016
  • Global Intellectual Property Law, organized by the Queen Mary-Singapore Management University alumnus, at Singapore Management University, Singapore July 2016
  • Innovation, Commerce and IPRS: US and EU divergences, a talk presented with G. Dutfield to senior judges at the Thailand Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, Bangkok July 2016
  • Cartridges, coffee pods and cars: Design Protection and Relevant Aftermarkets after Nestle and EFIM decisions, at 6th International Intellectual Property Congress, 9 June 2017, organised by Queen Mary, London and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, 3 June 2015
  • Challenges under International Copyright Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota, July 9, 2014
  • CJEU case law on originality and EU directive interpretation, at the 4thInternational I.P. Congress, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid & Queen Mary, London, 13 June 2014
  • Who Cares About the Orphans? Institutional and Authorial Mandates, Digitization, Public Domain & Informational Monopolies, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 10 April, 2014
  • Statutory Interpretation of EU Copyright in UK Law, 15th European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) Congress, London, 4-6 April, 2014
  • Keynote Lecture: World Copyright Systems: Philosophical and Pragmatic Queries, in the Inaugural Mona Law Intellectual Property Forum 2014, Kingston, Jamaica, February 2014
  • “3D objects and IP Discrimination”, Intellectual Property Symposium on June 29-30, organized by University of Durham.
  • ISP Liabilities and Remedies at the 32nd Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), Pembroke College, Oxford, 23-26 June, 2013
  • Design Law for Developing Countries, in Legal, Economic and Management Aspects of Intellectual Property, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organisation/CEIPI - Université de Strasbourg/National Institute of Industrial Property (France), 10 June 2013.
  • New EU Directive on Orphan works, at the 3rd International IP Congress at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, June 2013
  • Aggrandizing Petty Innovation – International Aspects, American Bar Association's 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, USA, 3-5 April 2013
  • Product Designs and Fashionable Lifestyles: Law, Function and Aesthetism, paper presented at HERA project Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800, Fashion and IPRs: Past & Present, London, February 2013
  • Design and Function: an EU perspective, in ‘Charting the New Frontiers of Intellectual Property Protection of Luxury Goods’, organized by the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 2012
  • Design, Function and Art: A socio-legal perspective, at ‘The Future of Design Law,’, organized by the University of Bloomington, Indiana & St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, 2-3, 2012.

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