UK and Ireland Patent Scholars Network host a Works in Progress Research Symposium in Maynooth University on 7-8th July 2022

The UK and Ireland Patent Scholars Network hosted a hybrid Works in Progress Research Symposium in Maynooth University, organised by the Network co-founders: Karen Walsh (University of Exeter), Aisling McMahon (Maynooth University) and Naomi Hawkins (University of Sheffield).

The Research Symposium offered a supportive environment and forum for researchers working on areas related to patent law to present their works in progress and gain feedback. This event brought together papers by 15 authors, on a range of contemporary patent law issues over two days of engaging discussion.

These 15 authors comprised patent law scholars at all academic career stages, from a range of institutions in the UK, Ireland and Canada, namely (in order of presentation): Karen Walsh, University of Exeter; Olga Gurgula, Brunel Law School; Liam Sunner, Queens University Belfast; Marc Mimler, City University of London; Louise Hatherall, University of Bristol; Cliona Kelly, University College Dublin; Rachel Claire Brady, University College Dublin; Duncan Matthews, Queen Mary University of London; Wissam Aoun, University of Windsor, Canada; Alison Slade, University of Leicester; Naomi Hawkins, University of Sheffield; Opeyemi Kolawole, University College Dublin; Dwi Martini, University of Sheffield; Bronwen Jones, Newcastle University; and Aisling McMahon, Maynooth University.

The event also hosted a dedicated panel of papers to launch the recently published Patent Scholars Network Special Issue of the European Intellectual Property Review on ‘Patents in a Changing Europe’. For the full workshop program details, see here. For further details on the network, please see here. The Network was founded in 2019 and has since grown to over 40 members. To join the network mailing list, please email.


Photo: Gerd Altmann