In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, there is a relatively small community of patent law scholars and at many institutions there is typically only a single patent law scholar. Although patent law scholars are keen members of the broader community of intellectual property law scholars, there are elements of patent law scholarship, often related to the technical and scientific content of patent law, which are quite distinct from other branches of intellectual property law. There is therefore great value in a forum which is focused on patent law, to really explore the detail of patent scholarship.
Dr Karen Walsh, Dr Naomi Hawkins (Exeter) and Dr Aisling McMahon (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) were inspired to set up the Patent Scholars Network, based on their experiences at work-in-progress conferences and meetings in the UK and the USA. There is much to be gained from closer involvement with others working in patent law and the Patent Scholars Network has been established to enable that closer engagement.
The first meeting of the network was held in Exeter on 11 and 12 April and was attended by scholars from the UK and the Republic of Ireland. All attendees presented papers and benefited from lively discussions and feedback on their work, and discussions continued over dinner between the two days of the meeting. There has been great interest in the network from scholars. Our first meeting was very productive, and we are looking forward to meeting again in Maynooth in June.
Read more at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/newsandevents/news/articles/universityofexeterlawschoo-1.php#iVhcj3pVtmmfvFUJ.99
Photo: © Aisling McMahon