Research Fellows

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson is a consultant in an Intellectual Property practice in London. Robert has practical experience of dealing with disputes involving most types of intellectual property matters but now focuses on trade and industrial secrets and patent law.

Sara Ashby

Sara Ashby is a solicitor and partner of Wiggin LLP, an intellectual property firm in London.  She is a litigator with a broad intellectual property practice, including designs, trade marks, passing off, copyright and patents and, having started life as a general commercial litigator before focusing on IP, she is particularly adept at ‘non-standard’ IP disputes.  Having found herself litigating designs fairly early in her IP career, Sara has a particular interest in designs law.  She tutors and examines on designs and teaches litigation on Oxford University’s ‘Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice’, and has been on the Diploma Management Committee for that course since the outset.  She is Secretary of AIPPI’s Designs Committee, spoke on the ‘functionality of designs’ at the AIPPI World Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2015), co-chaired the Working Committee for the Designs Study Question at the 2016 World Congress (Milan), and co-authored the UK chapter of AIPPI’s ‘Law Series’ on ‘Design Rights: Functionality & Scope of Protection’ published by Wolters Kluwer (September 2017).  Sara is Secretary of both AIPPI’s UK group and UNION-IP (GB group), and an active INTA committee member.   She is a contributor to both the Community Designs Handbook and the EU Trademark Handbook on the subject of Enforcement.  She has recently been an assessor to Lord Justice Jackson in his review of fixed/capped recoverable costs in litigation, a contentious area of law reform.

Rochelle Dreyfuss profile photoProfessor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss

Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss is the Pauline Newman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-Director of its Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy.  Dreyfuss holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Wellesley College.  A research chemist before entering Columbia University School of Law, she served as Articles and Book Review Editor of the Law Review.  She clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg and for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.  She is a member of the American Law Institute and was a co-Reporter for its Project on Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes.  She was a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, to the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and to the Federal Trade Commission and served on the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society.   A past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, she was also a member of the National Academies Committees on Intellectual Property in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation, on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy, and on Science, Technology, and Law.    Her writings include A NEOFEDERALIST VISION OF TRIPS: BUILDING A RESILIENT INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SYSTEM (Oxford University Press 2012), which she wrote with Graeme Dinwoodie, and BALANCING WEALTH AND HEALTH: THE BATTLE OVER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES IN LATIN AMERICA, which she partly wrote and partly co-edited with César Rodríguez-Garavito (Oxford University Press 2014)

Dr Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 through September 2020.

Under his leadership, WIPO addressed major challenges. These included managing the stress on the international patent and copyright systems produced by rapid technological change, by globalization and increased demand; reducing the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries; and ensuring that the intellectual property (IP) system serves its fundamental purpose of encouraging creativity and innovation in all countries.

Lord Leonard Hoffmann

Lord Hoffmann read law at Queen’s (Vinerian Scholarship 1957) and was Stowell Civil Law Fellow at Univ from 1961-1973.  He then practised at the Chancery Bar and was appointed a judge in 1985. From 1995 until 2009 he was a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and gave a number of leading judgments on patent law. He now practises as an international commercial arbitrator and gives seminars in Hilary Term on patent law for the FHS paper on intellectual property.

Professor Frederick Mostert

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Professor Frederick Mostert is a Past President of the International Trademark Association, currently the President of the Luxury Law Alliance and Of Counsel at Bird & Bird, London.  He served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel of Richemont, which includes Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Alfred Dunhill.  He was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in 2015, which honours those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. 

He is a Professor of Practice at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He is a founder of the Digital Scholarship Institute and the Digital Communities Lab and is a co-developer of the international Unicode "Troll" emoji.  Frederick received a Teaching Excellence Award from King’s College for 2017/2018 and a King’s College Education Award for ‘Expanding Opportunities’ in 2021.  His opinion pieces have been featured in the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post.  Some of Frederick’s pro bono legal assistance has been provided to President Nelson Mandela and the Shaolin Monks.

He has served on advisory boards, including the Industry Advisory Commission of the World Intellectual Property Organization (UN Agency, Geneva), the Advisory Board of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (Brussels) and the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property (San Francisco).  At present, he also serves on the Editorial Board of the Oxford University Press’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and has served on the editorial board of The Trademark Reporter and the Advisory Panel of the Intellectual Property Magazine.  He is a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales.  He has practised corporate law at Shearman and Sterling (New York) and international intellectual property law at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu (New York).  He has an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in New York and an LLD from the University of Johannesburg.

Shira Perlmutter

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Shira Perlmutter is the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. Before being appointed to this post, Ms. Perlmutter served as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She previously worked as the Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at IFPI in London, as the head of the intellectual property department at Time Warner in New York, and as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office.  She has also been a law professor at Catholic University in Washington and a consultant at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva. Her writings include co-authorship of a casebook on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy and numerous articles on copyright issues.

Dr Graham Reynolds

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Dr. Graham J. Reynolds is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean, Research and International at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. His research focus is the intersection of intellectual property and human rights, as well as the relationship between intellectual property and social justice. Before joining the Allard School of Law, Graham was a member of faculty at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, where he was the Co-Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology and served as a member of the Schulich School of Law’s Law and Technology Institute. Graham completed his DPhil at the at the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship, a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Award. Graham is a recipient of several teaching awards, including a UBC Killam Teaching Prize as well as the Allard School of Law’s annual teaching award, the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Among other affiliations, Graham has been a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Dr Alison Slade

Alison Slade is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Leicester. Prior to Leicester, she was a lecturer at Brunel University London.  She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Graeme Dinwoodie. While completing her doctorate, she held the position of Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at St Catherine’s College, Oxford (2008-2012). Her current research interests are centred around international intellectual property law in the trade context, and comparative IP law. Articles in this area have recently been published in International and Comparative Law Quarterly and Osgoode Hall Law Journal.   

Catriona Smith

Catriona has a wide experience of many areas of IP law and practice, from copyright litigation to IP-heavy commercial deals and has taught on the PGDip in IP at Oxford for many years.

David Stone

David Stone is a partner in the London office of Allen & Overy and the firm’s Global Head of Intellectual Property.  In addition to his busy IP litigation and advisory practice, David sits on the Designs Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and is a former board member of INTA and of MARQUES, the Association of European Brand Owners.  David has represented rights owners at the UKIPO, EUIPO and WIPO. 

A graduate of the Universities of Sydney, Oxford and Cambridge, David’s European Union Design Law: a Practitioners’ Guide (2nd edition) was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.  He also teaches on the Oxford University IP Diploma, the IP Magister Lvcentinvs at the University of Alicante, and the Post Graduate Certificate in Trademark Law and Practice at Queen Mary, University of London. 

David sits on the editorial boards of the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (OUP) and the European Intellectual Property Review (Sweet & Maxwell). 

In 2017, David was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge to sit part time in the Chancery Division.

Professor Juan Antonio Vives-Vallés (Visiting Research Fellow)

Juan Antonio Vives-Vallés is Profesor contratado doctor interino at the Department of Private Law of the University of the Balearic Islands, and Researcher at the Department of Agrifood Production and Protection of the Agri-Environmental and Water Economics Institute (Palma, Spain).

Juan graduated in Agricultural Engineering and in Law at the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma, Spain); a M. Ag. from the ETSEA (Lleida, Spain); a M. Sc. from the IREC (Ciudad Real, Spain); an Executive MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), and an LL. M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the MIPLC (Munich, Germany).  He also received training in Intellectual Property, and in Plant Breeders’ Rights, by: KIPO-WIPO-KAIST-KIPA, UPOV, WIPO, Wageningen University & Research – Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture), etc.

As a researcher, he specializes on cross-cutting research between agronomy/live sciences and law, mainly focusing on Intellectual Property in agriculture and other related topics.

Juan has held a number of visiting positions at a number of institutions including: the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; the Community Plant Variety Office (Angers, France); Department of Plant Breeding of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Alnarp, Sweden), the STSM programme of the EU COST Action CA18111; Naktuinbouw (Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands); and the OECD Co-operative Research Programme Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems (CRP).

He has also been Guest Associate Editor within the section of Plant Breeding in Frontiers in Plant Science. He promoted the creation, and also coordinates, the international research network “Intellectual Property in Agriculture”, formed by the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma, Spain), the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain), the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Ricerca su Innovazione e Servizi per lo Sviluppo (Naples, Italy), the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland), the Dept. of Plant Breeding of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Alnarp, Sweden), the Faculty of Law of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and the Agri-Environmental and Water Economics Institute (Palma, Spain).

He is also cofounder and Director of the Laboratory for Innovation in Agriculture of the University of the Balearic Islands. In early 2019 he was appointed Member of the Legal Expert Group of the European Observatory of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (Alicante, Spain). And he is Principal Investigator of the PVP-DT Project - “The Spanish and the Community plant variety protection systems in the age of digital transformation, challenges, and opportunities” (TED2021-129992A-I00), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Dr Georg von Graevenitz

Georg von Graevenitz is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management. He is an Economics Fellow at the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) and an associate member of the Center for Competition Policy at University of East Anglia as well as at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. He received a B.A. in P.P.E. from Oxford University in 1995, an M.Sc. in economics from University College London in 1996 and a Ph.D. in economics from University College London in 2002.

Georg has published articles on the economics of intellectual property rights and on entrepreneurship in journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Oxford Economic Papers. His current research includes analysis of the European patent system, the European trade mark system, copyright and patent litigation, the use of internet search data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, the analysis of time use data and measuring the returns to R&D and innovation at the firm level.

Dr Titilayo Adebola (Academic Visitor March 2023 - August 2023)

Dr Titilayo Adebola is the Theme Coordinator for Intellectual Property Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. Her research expertise lies in international economic law with a focus on intellectual property rights, food, agriculture, environment, technology and gender. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Adebola is the President of the African International Economic Law Network, a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and an Expert Member of  the African Continental Free Trade Area’s Intellectual Property Drafting Team. She is the Founding Editor of Flora IP, an innovative resource on food, agriculture, and intellectual property and an Editor on a leading resource on international economic law.  Dr Adebola holds an LLB from Olabisi Onabanjo University as well as an LLM and PhD from the University of Warwick.


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