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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 Hayleigh Bosher, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law

Hayleigh is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University London, as well as, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management, Book Review Editor for the specialist IP blog IPKat, Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN), Deputy Editor of the European Trade Mark Reports, founder of the World IP Women (WIPW) network and an Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law consultant. She holds a PhD from Bournemouth University under the Vice Chancellors Scholarship Award.

Hayleigh teaches undergraduate and postgraduate Intellectual Property Law and Internet Law courses at Brunel Law School. She is also Director of Web, Marketing & Social Media and Assistant Postgraduate Programmes Leader & Joint-Programmes Coordinator. Hayleigh’s main research areas are copyright policy; copyright enforcement; copyright infringement; copyright education; copyright & social media.

Read Dr Hayleigh Bosher's staff profile.

Dr Olga Gulgula, Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law (Patent Law)

Olga is a lecturer in IP and a course convenor for the Patent law and Practice module (part of the PGCert in Intellectual Property), 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. Olga is also a Research Coordinator for a UK technical assistance project that provides support on the establishment and operation of the new IP Court in Ukraine. Olga is qualified as a Ukrainian attorney in 2004. Olga's research interests focus on the intersection between intellectual property, competition law and access to medicines.

Read Dr Olga Gulgula's staff profile.

Dr Peter Petkoff, Senior Lecturer Of Intellectual Property & Media Law

Dr Peter Petkoff is a Senior Law Lecturer at the Brunel Law School. 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. He is Legal Consultant on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression for the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and has been a TEPSA consultant of the European Parliament as well as a consultant for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief at the House of Lords. Peter is involved in cutting edge research on the relationship between religion and politics and law and religion. In his capacity as Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, he brings together lawyers, theologians, philosophers, social and political scientists and aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary strategies for studying law, religion and international relations from legal and theological perspectives.

Read Dr Peter Petkoff's staff profile.

Dr Paula Westenberger, Lecturer in Intellectual Property

Paula is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University London, as well as Assistant Editor for the European Copyright and Design Reports (ECDR).

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. Paula's responsibilities include teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate Intellectual Property Law courses at Brunel Law School.

Read Dr Paula Westenberger's staff profile.

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.