Karen is a D.Phil candidate pursuing research in the area of European Patent Law, under the supervision of Dr. Justine Pila. She holds a Bachelor of Corporate Law and a postgraduate LL.B from the National University of Ireland, Galway. At Queen Mary, University of London, she completed with distinction a Masters in Intellectual Property Law taking courses in IP Transactions, International Trade and IP, and the International and Comparative Law of Patents, Trade Secrets and Related Rights. She was one of the QMUL representatives at the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) 2011 Congress. Her interests include the Europeanisation and harmonisation of Intellectual Property Law. In her spare time, Karen likes to travel and enjoys spending time with family and friends.