Each year the OIPRC hosts a number of leading academics from around the world as part of its Invited Speaker Series. These events typically run from 5:15-6:45pm on Thursday evenings at St. Peter’s College; if the venue or time is different, it will be noted on the Events calendar.  The Speaker Series consists of a presentation of about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the assembled group of academic staff, students (both undergraduate and graduate), researchers, and interested members of the public.  Discussion is informal and includes participants from several disciplines, with a wide range of prior knowledge.

Convenors: Dev Gangjee and Robert Pitkethly

Refreshments and snacks are served at the conclusion of the discussion.  All are welcome.

This year’s schedule evolves throughout the year. Click here for a listing of 2017 - 2018 series and also visit the Invited Speaker Series Archive listing.

Hilary Term 2018

Week 1:
18 Jan**

Dr Péter Mezei, University of Szeged (Hungary) and dosentti of the University of Turku (Finland)
** Please note change of time and venue for this seminar: 12:00 - 2:00pm Vernon Hartcourt Room, St Hilda's College

Week 2: 
25 Jan

Dr Viola Prifti, Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo
Which hESC Inventions should be Excluded from Patentability? A Comparison of EU and Japanese Patent Law

Week 3: 
1 Feb

Dr Aisling McMahon, Durham Law School
Gene Patents and Access to Health: Bridging an Institutional Divide

Week 4:
8 Feb                 

Dr Graham Reynolds, The University of British Columbia
Copyright, Creativity and Human Rights

Week 5: 
15 Feb

Professor Ansgar Ohly, University of Oxford
Recent CJEU Rulings on Communication to the Public and Intermediaries: primary, secondary or unitary liability?

Week 6:
22 Feb


Dr Marta Iljadica, The University of Aberdeen 
Compelling Experience: copyright and publicly paced works

We regret to announce that this seminar by Dr Marta Iljadica on 'Compelling Experience: copyright and publicly paced works' has been rescheduled. The University and College Union is commencing industrial action on 22 February and Dr Iljadica is therefore unable to present on this date. However, we look forward to having her present on this topic at a subsequent date (tbc).

Week 8:
8 Mar

Hamish Sandison, Consultant to Fieldfisher LLP

Can Intellectual Property Survive the Digital Revolution? 

PowerPoint presentation

Michaelmas Term 2017

Week 4:
2 Nov

Professor Christian Helmers, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Submarine Trademarks

Week 5: 
9 Nov

Professor Paul Torremans, British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) & University of Nottingham
Professor Annette Kur, Max Planck Institute for Innovation 

Duran Duran: Copyright and Copyright Contracts in Private International Law?

Week 6:
16 Nov

Nicola Dagg, Allen & Overy 
The Legal questions at the Vanguard of Standard Essential Patent and FRAND Litigation in the UK

Week 7: 
23 Nov

Professor Megan Richardson, University of Melbourne
From ‘Oomoo’ to ‘Oro’ - Trade Marks at the Edge of Empire