The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) has launched its new website, www.oiprc.ox.ac.uk. The OIPRC, which in 2008 moved from St Peter’s College to the Faculty of Law, draws it membership across all departments and faculties at the University of Oxford. In addition to the Law Faculty, it has members in the Department of Economics, Said Business School, the Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Politics. The web site contains links to and information about publications by Centre members who research in a variety of fields, including most recently The Requirement for an Invention in Patent Law by Dr Justine Pila and Trade Dress and Design Law co-authored by Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Economic Growth by Professor Christine Greenhalgh and Dr. Mark Rogers, Delete-the Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and The Implementation Game: The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries by Dr Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck.
Intellectual Property Law at Oxford is taught through two optional courses at the undergraduate level, and one graduate course on the BCL. In collaboration with the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association, the Faculty also trains some of the brightest newly-qualified IP solicitors through the postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.
Despite its new home in the Law Faculty, the OIPRC remains inter-disciplinary in nature. The Centre holds a regular Intellectual Property seminar series with speakers from a variety of disciplines. This year’s series will be launched with a presentation by Lord Justice Jacob on Tuesday 19 October. The Centre’s focus is also consciously international, and on 18-19 March 2011 will once again host the prestigious International Intellectual Property Moot competition, featuring teams from universities from around the world. Likewise, leading international academics visit the Centre to conduct research. In the coming year, the Centre will host Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss of New York University Law School, who is currently writing a book on international patent law with Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, who became the Chair in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law in 2009 and is the Director of the OIPRC. Professor Dreyfuss, who is the Christensen Fellow at St. Catherine’s College for 2010, is a Research Associate of the OIPRC.