Robert Anderson


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.

Professor 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.  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.  She recently helped organize the Academies’ workshop on the impact of political, economic, and technological pressures on US and international intellectual property policies. 

Dr Naomi Hawkins

Naomi Hawkins is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. She obtained her LLB and her BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Queensland in Australia before completing her BCL and DPhil at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the interaction of law and biomedical science, particularly around intellectual property rights. She uses traditional legal research and empirical methods to investigate the impact of patents on the development of translational outcomes of genetics and genomics research. She is also interested in the ways in which data sharing practices intersect with intellectual property rights in science. She is currently funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme for her project "The Impact of Patents on Translational Research - Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US". 

Dr Christian Helmers

Christian Helmers is an assistant professor of economics at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Before joining Santa Clara, Christian was an assistant professor at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid. Prior to that, he worked as a research economist at the London School of Economics. He has been a visiting research scholar at UC Berkeley, Stanford, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He has been involved in policy related work for various organizations including WIPO, the European Patent Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Chilean Intellectual Property Office, and the International Trade Center UNCTAD/WTO.

Professor Helmers’ scholarship has appeared in top journals such as The Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and Quantitative Economics. His research focuses on innovation, intellectual property, and the economics of digitization.

Professor Helmers earned his B.A. in Economics from HEC University of Lausanne, and his M.Sc. in Economics for Development, as well as his DPhil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.


Dr Emily Hudson


Professor Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen is currently the Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbroune Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia at the University of Melbourne.  He obtained his doctorate degree at the Australia Graduate School of Management and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.  His current research interests include economics of innovation, contracts and incentives, privatisation and contracting out, and industrial dynamics.

Dr Barbara Lauriat

Dr Barbara Lauriat is a Senior Lecturer in Law at King’s College London, teaching and conducting research on intellectual property law subjects. She is also a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) in the University of Oxford Law Faculty, an Adjunct Professor at the Notre Dame London Law Centre, and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She serves on the editorial board of Arbitration International and the King’s Law Journal and is the academic consultant for Copinger & Skone James on Copyright.

Before joining King’s she was the Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. She has also spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia and as a Hauser Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law.


“Literary and Dramatic Disputes in Shakespeare’s Time” (2017) 8(3) Journal of International Dispute Settlement

Walter v Lane [1900]” in Landmarks in Intellectual Property Law (Hart Publishing) (Forthcoming 2017).

“Passing Off, the Internet, and the Global Marketplace” in The Internet and the Emerging Importance of New Forms of Intellectual Property (Kluwer Law International) (2016).

“Copyright History in the Advocate’s Arsenal” in History of Copyright Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar) (2016) 7-26.

Professor Frederick Mostert

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, and a Research Fellow at the Research Center for Intellectual Property Law of Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing.  He is a founder of the Digital Scholarship Institute and Digilabs.  Frederick received a Teaching Excellence Award from King’s College for 2017/2018.  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.  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 in 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

Shira Perlmutter was recently appointed as the Acting Administrator for Policy and External Affairs at the United States Patents and Trademark Office. Before being appointed to this post, she was the Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at IFPI in London. She has worked in both government and the private sector, heading the office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, and the intellectual property department at Time Warner. 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, with Graeme Dinwoodie, Graeme Austin and William Hennessey. 

Dr Graham Reynolds

Dr. Graham J. Reynolds is an associate professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, property law, and intellectual property and human rights. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law in 2013, Graham was an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where he was the Co-Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology and a member of Dalhousie University's Law and Technology Institute. The recipient of an award for excellence in teaching, Graham has completed graduate studies 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. He has also served as the judicial law clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice Finch of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Graham’s doctoral work focused on the intersection of freedom of expression and copyright in Canada.

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

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.


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.

Professor Elizabeth Webster

Elizabeth Webster is currently the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.  She is also the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Impact and Policy.  She was formerly the Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia at the University of Melbourne.  She obtained her Doctorate degree from Cambridge University and Master of Economics from Monash University.  Her current interests include economics of innovation, research & development and intellectual property, labour economics and industrial dynamics. In 2017, she was admitted to the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.