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The CIPIL Intellectual Property Seminar Series brings together specialist speakers to discuss prevailing issues in relation to copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, and other subjects.

The Centre 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.

Subject to speaker consent, the lecture component for each seminar will be made available on the University of Cambridge Streaming Media Service (SMS) and the Apple iTunes U platforms. The introductions and Q&A sections will not be included to encourage frank and open discussion. You can subscribe to the 'CIPIL Intellectual Property Seminar Series' on iTunesU for automatic download to your iTunes library, or an RSS feed is available from the SMS for use on other devices.

Seminar Programme for 2017-2018

Easter Term





26 April 2018

Dr Sabine Jacques
UEA Lecturer in IP/IT/Media Law

'The Parody Exception in Copyright Law'


3 May 2018

Professor Robert Burrell
University of Sheffield

Dr Aaron Graham

'The History of Patents,1600-1850'


10 May 2018

Graeme B. Dinwoodie
Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

'Non-Traditional Marks In Europe: Conceptual Lessons From Their Potential Demise'


Lent Term





1 February 2018

Hugh Tomlinson QC
Matrix Chambers

'Sex, Lies and Unfairly Processed Data: The Information Torts in Practice'


15 February 2018

Patricia Collis
Trade Mark Attorney, Bird & Bird

'The challenges for trade mark practitioners in the age of Brexit'


22 February 2018

Xavier Seuba
Senior Lecturer, Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI) - University of Strasbourg

'Negotiating intellectual property chapters in new European trade agreements'


2 March 2018

Dr Judith Townend
University of Sussex

'Of data and judges: the conundrum of public access to information from the court'


8 March 2018

Bernt Hugenholtz
Professor of Copyright Law, and Co-Director of the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam

'Data property'


Michaelmas Term





2 November 2017

Dan L Burk
Chancellor’s Professor of Law - University of California, Irvine

'Algorithmic Fair Use'


9 November 2017

Susanna HS Leong
Professor of Law, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

'Internet Intermediaries and Copyright Infringement - Who makes the copy?'


16 November 2017

Rebecca Giblin
Associate Professor of Law, Monash University Australia

''Orthogonalising' Copyright: Reclaiming lost culture and getting authors paid'


23 November 2017

Martin J Adelman
Theodore and James Pedas Family Professor IP & Technology Law – George Washington University Law School

'The United States law of patent eligibility regarding products of nature and natural laws from nitrogen fixing bacteria to genes'


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