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

Please see the below programme for the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL) Intellectual Property Law Conference. This is the final programme.

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Thursday 8 June programme

From 9.30am 

Refreshments and Registration

10.15 - 10.30am

Welcome and Introduction

10.30am - 12.30pm

Session 1 – Traditional Knowledge

Déjà vu, all over again? Thickets, webs and contractual governance arising out of the protection of traditional medicinal knowledge

Peter Harrison, University of York.

Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Patenting- The Need for the Nagoya Protocol and Non-Privatisation of the DSI

Lochana V Khatri and Arnold Stanley, St. Joseph's College of Law, Bengaluru, India (online).

The role of intellectual property in protecting traditional knowledge and traditional medicines: A case study of Canada

Lowri Davies, Swansea University.

Biodiversity and biotechnology arrangement for the welfare enhancement of Indigenous communities in Indonesia

Dwi Martini, University of Sheffield (online).

12.30 - 1.30pm


1.30 - 3pm

Session 2 – Patents

Patents over Implantable Medical Devices: Examining the Potential Impacts of Rightsholder(s) Control and Medical Device Users’ Needs?

Aisling McMahon & Opeyemi Kolawole, Maynooth University.

Patents and the Public Interest.

Karen Walsh, Maynooth University.

IP contract terms and the protection of the public interest in translational research.

Naomi Hawkins, University of Sheffield and Alison Slade, University of Leicester.

3.00 - 3.30pm


3.30 - 5pm

Session 3 – Plant IPR and patent protection

Patenting the Passenger Pigeon?

Nataliia Hluschenko and David Doyle, Maynooth University.

Plant variety protection and PRM legislation in the EU: exploring interactions and future scenarios.

Serena Mariani, University of Macerata.

Revisiting the ayahuasca plant patent controversy: a critical examination of the US Plant Patent Act of 1930.

Jocelyn Bosse, Kings College London.

5 - 6.30pm


6.30pm - Late 

Keynote lecture: 'Margaret, Methodology and the Sustainability Debate' - Professor Robert Burrell, University of Oxford

Drinks and Gala Dinner, with remarks by Professor Roger Brownsword, King's College London

Friday 9 June Programme



9.30 - 11am 

Session 4 – Copyright and international frameworks

“What’s the use? A comparative analysis of the

Evidence Requirements of EU Trade Mark Holders in cases concerning acquired

distinctiveness, morality and public policy objections, and proof of use”

Rachel Claire Brady, University College Dublin.

PDO/PGI: Do we need two Quality Schemes in EU/UK GIs?

Andrea Zappalaglio, University of Sheffield.

Rethinking the Approach to Technology Transfer in TRIPS: Proposals for Reform

Opeyemi Kolawole, Maynooth University.

11 - 11.30pm


11.30am - 1pm

Session 5 – Branding and international frameworks

Generative AI- Technologies in content creation and implications for Copyright.

Chidera Okolie, University of East Anglia.

Interpreting the library and archive provisions in Australia: How are fair dealing and fair use relevant?

Kaushalya Madugalla, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka  (online).

The Promises of The Trips Technology Transfer under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement’s (AFCFTA) Intellectual Property Protocol.

Dr. Ezinne Mirian Igbokwe, Nottingham Trent University.


Lunch and Close