Professor Naomi Hawkins

School of Law

Professor in Intellectual Property Law

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Professor Naomi Hawkins
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Naomi Hawkins's research focuses on the interaction of law and biomedical science, particularly around intellectual property rights. She uses traditional legal research and empirical methods to investigate the impact of human gene patents on the development of translational outcomes of genetics and genomics research.

She is also interested in the ways in which data sharing practices intersect with intellectual property rights in science. Dr Hawkins's research has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC, including the ESRC Future Leaders Research scheme project "The Impact of Patents on Translational Research - Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US".

  • DPhil, BCL, University of Oxford
  • BSc, LLB(hons) University of Queensland
Research interests
  • Intellectual property and innovation law
  • Patent law
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Socio-legal studies

Edited books

  • Hawkins N (Ed.) (2022) Patenting Biotechnical Innovation Eligibility, Ethics and Public Interest. Edward Elgar. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles



Research group
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Law
  • Bioethics

Title/Description: The Impact of Patents on Translational Research: Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US

  • Awarding Body: ESRC
  • People Involved: Naomi Hawkins
  • Years Funded for: 2014-2020
  • Amount Awarded (£): 176,837

Title/Description: Collaborative Platforms in Genomics – Institutional Arrangements and Business Models

  • Awarding Body: ESRC and OECD
  • People Involved: Naomi Hawkins, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Years Funded for: Jan - Dec 2020

Title/Description: Space Law, Intellectual Property and Space Technology

  • Awarding Body: ESRC IAA Award
  • People Involved: Dr Naomi Hawkins, Dr Mathilde Pavis, Dr Kubo Macak and Professor Hitoshi Nasu; External partners: Stephens Scown LLP and South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications
  • Years Funded for: 2018-2019
  • Amount Awarded (£): 7,392
Teaching interests
  • Intellectual property and innovation law
  • patent law
  • health law
Professional activities

Member of the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL)