Caoimhe is a DPhil Candidate in Law at St Hilda's College, under the supervision of Professor Robert Burrell. Her research examines the role patent law plays in low-carbon energy innovation, focusing on British-based start-ups. She is particularly interested in empirical research on how creators use intellectual property law, Law and Political Economy approaches to legal scholarship, and interdisciplinary approaches to the challenges posed by climate change; including critical perspectives on the role of science and technology in climate change governance. Caoimhe is an Associate Editor at the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and she is co-convenor of the Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group along with the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Discussion Group for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Her doctoral thesis focuses on innovation policy responses in times of crisis: specifically, the outright suspension, or weakening, of patent protection to facilitate access to essential technologies. This project explores whether climate change may call for emergency actions, or whether there are reasons to caution against such measures. To develop understanding, this thesis interrogates the claim raised by Member States to the climate treaties that strong patent rights are essential to firm innovation. By gathering perspectives from innovators in low-carbon energy technologies, identifying whether patents have a substantial impact on getting those solutions to market.
Caoimhe read law at King's College London (2016-2019). Prior to joining the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, she acted as research assistant to Dr Emily Hudson, Reader in Law at King’s College London on Drafting Copyright Exceptions: From the Law in Books to the Law in Action (Cambridge University Press 2019).
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Intellectual property law, innovation policy, climate-friendly technologies, law and political economy,