Professor Naomi Hawkins
School of Law
Professor in Intellectual Property Law
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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
- Biotechnology Law and Ethics
- Health Law and Bioethics
- Intellectual property rights and advance purchase agreements in a crisis. Intellectual Property Quarterly(1), 1-32.
- Atmospheric impacts of the space industry require oversight. Nature Geoscience, 15(8), 598-600.
- Special issue: Patents in a changing Europe EIPR. European Intellectual Property Review, 44(4), 192-197.
- Intellectual Property Rights and Access in Crisis. IIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 52(4), 379-416.
- Patents and non-invasive prenatal testing: Is there cause for concern?. Science and Public Policy, 47(5), 655-667.
- The continuing saga of patents and non-invasive prenatal testing.. Prenat Diagn, 39(6), 441-447.
- Recontacting patients in clinical genetics services: recommendations of the European Society of Human Genetics. European Journal of Human Genetics, 27(2), 169-182.
- Ethical issues in genomic research: Proposing guiding principles co-produced with stakeholders. Clinical Ethics, 13(4), 194-198.
- Striking a balance: Resolving conflicts between the duty of confidentiality and duties to third parties in genetics. Legal Studies, 38(4), 645-665.
- Dimensions of responsibility in medical genetics: exploring the complexity of the “duty to recontact”. New Genetics and Society, 37(3), 187-206.
- Can I access my personal genome? The current legal position in the UK. Medical Law Review, 22(1), 64-86.
- Data sharing policy design for consortia: Challenges for sustainability. Genome Medicine, 6(1).
- An exception to infringement for genetic testing - Addressing patient access and divergence between law and practice. IIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 43(6), 641-661.
- Consent forms in genomics: The difference between law and practice. European Journal of Health Law, 18(5), 491-519.
- Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes. By David Koepsell. Pp. 187. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.) £14.99, ISBN 978-1-4051-8730-5, paperback.. Journal of Biosocial Science, 43(6), 765-766.
- The impact of human gene patents on genetic testing in the United Kingdom. Genetics in Medicine, 13(4), 320-324.
- Assessing the privacy risks of data sharing in genomics.. Public Health Genomics, 14(1), 17-25.
- Identifiability, genomics and UK data protection law. European Journal of Health Law, 17(4), 329-344.
- Ethical implications of the use of whole genome methods in medical research. European Journal of Human Genetics, 18(4), 398-403.
- Public access to genome-wide data: Five views on balancing research with privacy and protection. PLoS Genetics, 5(10).
- Planning for translational research in genomics. Genome Medicine, 1(9).
- Data sharing in genomics--re-shaping scientific practice.. Nat Rev Genet, 10(5), 331-335.
- The path forward for DNA data. Science, 322(5905), 1186-1187.
- Patents and translational research in genomics. Nature Biotechnology, 25(7), 739-741.
- Intellectual Property and Biobanks, International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology (pp. 39-51).
- Ownership of biomedical information in biobanks, Comparative Issues in the Governance of Research Biobanks: Property, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and the Role of Technology (pp. 77-86).
- Research group
- Intellectual Property Law
- Patent Law
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
- Teaching activities
Intellectual Property and Innovation Law
- Professional activities and memberships
Member of the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL)