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Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law was founded in 2004. Through its activities, CIPIL aims to promote the investigation, understanding and critical appraisal of these important fields of law.

The Centre, which replaced the IP Unit, brings together a group of legal academics already recognised for their historical and inter-disciplinary, as well as doctrinal, research. Drawing on the resources of Cambridge University, CIPIL is ideally positioned to carry out and promote well-informed interdisciplinary work. These aims are furthered through a variety of means: through rigorous academic research, the presence of high quality visiting researchers, PhD studentships, research fellowships, visitors and conferences.

CIPIL Spring Conference 2016

As soon as it is thought necessary or desirable to extend legal protection of intellectual property beyond the use of an identical work, invention, design or trade mark or trade secret, the problem emerges of how to define the scope of protection.  The CIPIL Spring Conference on 12 March 2016 will examine these issues.