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Professor Gillian Davies, DL, PhD (Aberystwyth), Barrister at Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London


Professor of International and EU Intellectual Property Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7404 0404
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Professor Gillian Davies is Professor International and EU Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS).

She is Chairman of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) and represents the UK on the Executive Committee of  ALAI, the Association littéraire at artistique internationale, based in Paris.

Professor Davies is a former Chairman of a technical board of appeal and permanent member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO); consequently she has wide experience of the substantive law and procedure under the European Patent Convention (EPC).

Gillian is a specialist in UK and international intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on the international conventions governing patent law and copyright and related rights as a result of many years experience gained working for WIPO, Geneva, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, and the European Patent Office (EPO), (Munich). Her expertise extends also to EU legislation on patents, copyright and related rights.

Gillian’s practice concentrates on European and international advice on patent and copyright matters. She advises Blue-Chip companies from the UK and all over the world, in particular, from EU Member States, Canada and the USA. She also acts as mediator in IP cases. Gillian is in demand as a speaker at international and UK conferences on IP.

Gillian is a senior co-editor of the 14th (1999), 15th (2005), 16th (2010) and 17th (published in January 2016) editions of Copinger and Skone James on Copyright, as well as the author of several monographs on various aspects of copyright and related rights, including Copyright and the Public Interest, the second edition of which was published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2002 (reprinted 2013). She is also is co-author with Kevin Garnett Q.C of 'Moral Rights' published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2010 (a new edition will be published in 2016) and a member of the editorial team of Clerk & Lindsell on Torts, editing Ch.25 on Statutory Intellectual Property Rights.

Gillian is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.

Gillian (English mother tongue) speaks French, German, Spanish and some Portuguese.


Gillian enjoys teaching part time and as Visiting Professor has taught copyright in the QMIPRI MSc Copyright and Designs Law course at Queen Mary since 2007. Since 2014, she has taught copyright in Queen Mary's LLM in Paris Programme and, in her new role at Queen Mary, she will continue to teach these courses and will also take on some teaching for the London LLM copyright syllabus and the supervision of LLM student dissertations.



Recent Books

  • Copinger and Skone James on Copyright (17th Edition), London, Sweet and Maxwell, 2016
  • Clerk and Lindsell on Torts, 20th and 21st Eds., London, Sweet and Maxwell, (2010 and 2015) and supplements; ed. Ch. 25 on Statutory Intellectual Property Rights; General Editor Michael A. Jones
  • 'The EU stance in International matters' in EU Copyright Law edited by Stamatoudi and Torremans (2014)
  • Copyright and the Public Interest Sweet and Maxwell, 2002 (reprinted 2013)
  • 'Moral Rights in the Borderless Online Environment', in Copyright in a Borderless Online Environment edited by Johan Axhamn (2012)
  • Moral Rights by Gillian Davies and Kevin Garnett Q.C., Sweet and Maxwell, 2010.

Recent IP Articles

  • The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Rome Convention, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, 07/2012, Volume 2, Issue 3
  • EU Proposal to Extend the Term of Protection of Music Copyright from 50 to 95 Years, Copyright World, September 2008, p.20
  • “The Impact of International Treaties on National Laws”, in International Copyright and Intellectual Property Law, Challenges for Media Content Producers, Ed. Edward Humphreys, Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Jönkoping University, Sweden, JIBS Research Reports, No. 2008 - 2, p. 59
  • “The Scope of Copyright Protection: The Boundaries of the Idea/Expression Dichotomy”, in Festschrift for R. Teschemacher, GRUR Int., 8-9, 2008, p.635
  • Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO in 2007, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP), Vol. 3, 11/2008, p.708
  • EU-China Workshop on the Chinese patent law, CIPA Journal, Vol. 37, No. 11, 2008, p.631
  • The Public Interest in the Public Domain, in Intellectual Property: The Many Faces of the Public Domain, Eds. Charlotte Waelde, Hector MacQueen, University of Edinburgh, AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Edward Elgar 2007, p.86
  • Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO in 2006, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2007, Volume 2, Issue 8
  • EU: a Patent Failure, Le Monde Diplomatique, English Edition, November 2006, p. 13
  • Last chance for Europe’s ill-starred patents pact, Europe’s World, Friends of Europe, Autumn 2006, p. 128
  • Language and Patents, Propriété intellectuelle, entre l’art et l’argent, proceedings of the 2005 Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), Ed. Ysolde Gendreau, ATRIP 2006.


Professor Davies is willing to supervise on European and International copyright and patent subject matter.

Public Engagement

Gillian is regularly in demand as a speaker at conferences on copyright and European patent matters and to act as a judge in moots. For several years after leaving the EPO for private practice, she chaired training seminars of the EPO Academy for patent judges from the new member states of the EPO and was active in teaching and speaking at other EPO conferences.

At present, Gillian’s public roles include the following: Deputy Lieutenant of the preserved county of Gwynedd in North Wales; Junior Warden of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales; and Council Member of Bangor University.

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