SICCL-Planting seeds for the future of intellectual property law Conference

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Event details

Thursday 8 June - Friday 9 June
Tapton Hall, Sheffield, S10 5NA
*Payment and booking will be open soon.* - Standard rate: £70 - PhD Student/Early career rate (5 years from award of PhD or non-permanent contract): £35


The Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL) is hosting an Intellectual Property Law Conference in honour of Margaret Llewelyn.

Full event title: Planting seeds for the future of intellectual property law – A conference in honour of Margaret Llewelyn.

Submit a paper: Intellectual property scholars and practitioners interested in intellectual property law are encouraged to submit and/or attend this event. All forms of IP are relevant, whether patents, copyrights, trademarks, plant breeders’ rights, geographical indications, design rights, trade secrets or others. We particularly welcome submissions from PhD students and ECRs.

To submit a proposal for a presentation, applicants must submit an abstract of a maximum of 500 words to by 5pm on 14 April 2023. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email in early May. The programme will be circulated in due course.

Event abstract: Professor Margaret Llewelyn was well known to the international Intellectual Property Law community as an authority on plant intellectual property. She completed her PhD in intellectual property law at Aberystwyth before pursuing an academic career at institutions across Europe, and was based at the University of Sheffield from 1994 until her retirement.

Professor Llewelyn published widely on intellectual property, with a particular focus on plant breeders’ rights, culminating in the monograph, (with Dr Mike Adcock), European Plant Intellectual Property. Other highlights of her career included an influential study on the European Commission’s ill-fated proposal for an EU Utility Model in 1996 and ground-breaking work on law and human genetics. As a leading expert in her field, she was an adviser to many governments and non-governmental organisations. Professor Llewelyn was editor of the Intellectual Property Quarterly from 2001 and remained editor until her death. Under her long editorship each issue demonstrated both topical diversity and intellectual excellence.

The IP community and the University of Sheffield Law School owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret’s scholarship, hard work and collegiality over many years. We hope that this academic conference and dinner exploring excellent IP scholarship will be a fitting tribute to her.

Key Event Information:

Cost of event:

  • Standard rate: £70
  • PhD Student/Early career rate (5 years from award of PhD or non-permanent contract): £35

This ticket contains:

  • Entry for the 2 days.
  • Formal dinner

Date of event: Thursday 8 June 2023 - Friday 9 June 2023

Event Times: (TBC)

Event Location: Tapton Hall, Sheffield, S10 5NA

Purchasing Ticket: We are using Eventbrite to collect booking numbers and dietary requirements. Once you order a ticket through Eventbrite, we will contact you via with a link to officially purchase your ticket for this conference. We will aim to contact you within 3-5 working days of you submitting an order through Eventbrite however this can take longer.

Draft Programme of event (TBC)


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