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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property at Brunel Law School 
Brunel Law School is a diverse and vibrant community where you'll be supported in your studies and encouraged to develop your skills for your future career in intellectual property.  Studying at Brunel Law School brings with it the benefit from learning in a building dedicated to law, with excellent research facilities, allowing you to be surronded by fellow, like-minded law students and acdemics who are focused on your education.  Brunel is a single campus in Uxbridge, West London.  The campus is just a short drive from the M25, M4, and M40 motorways, 20 minutes from Heathrow airport, plus only a 40-minute tube ride away from central London, perfect if you're travelling in from your work.  

Our IP programmes are taught by a team of prolific academics, industry experts with a strong reputation specialising in the area of intellectual property.  

Intellectual Property Law Activities for Students
The IP team put together an exciting program of extra circular activities for the students, which include things such as:

View the highlights of our most recent intellectual property event held within the Brunel Law School in the video box below, or read our event summary.

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Our IP courses are taught by the following experts:

Dr Peter Petkoff - Senior Law Lecturer, Brunel Law School

Dr Peter Petkoff is Convenor for the PgCert in Intellectual Property and convenor of Managing IP and Trade Marks and Allied Rights modules.  He is also Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, a collaborative international research network at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. 

Peter is involved in cutting edge research on the relationship between religion and politics and law and religion. 

Dr Olga Grigula - Lecturer in IP Law, Brunel Law School

Olga Grigula is a lecturer and a course convenor for the Patent law and Practice module, as well as contributes to other modules related to intellectual property and contract law.

Olga holds a Visiting Fellow position at the Oxford Martin School, the University of Oxford. She is part of the Oxford Martin Programme on Affordable Medicines, working on the ‘open innovation in drug development’ project that is aimed at facilitating the accessibility and affordability of medicines. 

Dr Hayleigh Bosher - Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, Brunel University London

Hayleigh convenes the Copyright and Industrial Design module.  She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management, writer and Book Review Editor for the specialist IP blog IPKat, Deputy Editor of the European Trade Mark Reports, founder of the World IP Women (WIPW) network and an Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law consultant. 

Hayleigh holds a PhD in Copyright Law from Bournemouth University, under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. She also has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Edcation Academy. 

Dr Paula Westenberger - Lecturer in Intellectual property, Brunel University London

Paulaisalso an Assistant Editor for the European Copyright and Design Reports (ECDR). She covers the syllabus on English Law Fundamentals for IP Practitioners.

Paula joined Brunel in 2018, having previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London and Buckinghamshire New University. She holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London, under the Centre for Commercial Law Studies Scholarship Award. 

Our Visiting Professors

Our success and our students’ achievements would not be the same without the dedication of a formidable group of visiting professors who practice Intellectual Property and share their extensive and unique experiences with our graduate students, who help them to aspire to become the next generation of IP professionals.

Lucy Wojcik

Lucy is a Chartered Patent Attorney, Registered Patent Agent, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorney.

Lucy specialises in Electronics, Avionics, Mechanical and Electromechanical subject matter. Her past subject matter handled includes mobile telecommunications, radar, electro optics systems, semiconductor device technology and computer implemented inventions. She also has experience in IP Ts &Cs in contract negotiations including MoD and DoD contracting.

Lucy has taught for many years at Brunel and at Queen Mary University.

Dr Robert Lind - Partner, Mark and Clerk Oxford

Robert graduated from Glasgow University with a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and followed this with a PhD in Bioelectronics.  

Robert has extensive experience working for Nokia mobile phones working on 3G and 4G mobile telephone systems.  He continued in this field for other clients, moving onto 5G systems and other wireless and Internet-based communication systems. He has also advised a number of exciting start-up projects in the areas of bioelectronics and DNA analysis, both medical and consumer focussed.

Robert has successfully built patent portfolios for his clients providing a solid basis for company valuation and investment.

Elena Nicholas - Partner, Marks and Clerk Oxford

Elena deals with all aspects of trade mark law and practice. She has experience in the clearance, filing and prosecution of trade marks and manages global trade mark portfolios providing strategic advice on trade mark protection in different jurisdictions. She provides opinions in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off, and handles UK, EU trade mark opposition, revocation and invalidity actions and the recording of trade mark assignments and licences. 

Elena was recommended in the 2015 edition of Legal 500, and was said to give “reliable and clear advice” in the 2016 edition.

Shaun Sherlock - IP Director, Swindell and Pearson

Shaun is a European and chartered trade mark attorney. An IP director within the firm’s trade mark team, he specialises in clearance, prosecution and contentious matters relating to United Kingdom, European Union and international trade marks.

Shaun was previously responsible for the trade mark portfolio of the BBC before moving to an external advisory role in private practice.  He has provided trade mark advice to global brands and has helped start-up companies secure protection for trade marks. 

Shaun holds an honours degree in biology with biotechnology from the University of Birmingham and has a master’s in the management of intellectual property law from Queen Mary, University of London. 

Dr. Roya Ghafele

Roya is a Director of Oxfirst and has helped clients unleash cumulative revenue gains in excess of 30 Mio Euro.

Roya has held an Assistant Professorship with the University of Edinburgh, a Department Lectureship with Oxford University and a Research Fellowship with the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2002 she was selected as the only Austrian in several years to represent the Republic of Austria within the United Nations and has worked as an Economist with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she offered strategic advice on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer to Governments Internationally. 

Dr Arthur Boff - Associate, Philips and Leigh

Arthur is a chartered patent attorney at Phillips & Leigh with a technical background in chemistry. 

Arthur joined Phillips & Leigh as a technical assistant in 2008, and became a registered patent attorney in 2013. Since 2015 he has given annual lectures on patent law at Brunel University London offering students on the Managing IP course a professional’s perspective on the subject. He has also developed his advocacy and litigation skills by being amongst the first attorneys to take and pass the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate course.

Our Intellectual programmes

The Brunel Intellectual Property Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to gain specialist knowledge in the fast-growing discipline of intellectual property law.

Our programme, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the UK, will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of intellectual property and the opportunity to develop specialised skills through our wide range of elective modules covering both policy and practical technology-related issues.

The Brunel Intellectual Property Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) is a unique, part-time programme with two separate routes designed for trainee patent attorneys with STEM degrees or for trainee trade mark attorneys. It is also suitable for people wishing to pursue a more general career in intellectual property law and practice.

The PGCert is accredited with IPREG and provides two separate routes of Foundation Level Qualification (Patents) and a Foundation Level Qualification (Trade Marks). Candidates may undertake either one or the other as part of the PgCert programme or combine the two FLQs in Patents and Trade Marks as part of an LLM in Intellectual Property.

In addition, Intellectual Property PgCert alumni have the option to upgrade to an LLM in Intellectual Property should they choose to re-enrol as returning students within the first five years after their graduation from Brunel.