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Julia Powles

St John's College

PhD title: The inventive concept and the structure of patent law

Summary

My PhD research is about notions of invention and inventiveness in patent law. My focus is doctrinal and comparative and places particular emphasis on the fluid jurisprudential notions of 'inventive concept' and 'technical contribution' in UK patent law. More broadly, I am interested in the intersections between law, science, and technology. This includes all areas of intellectual property law as well as privacy (particularly around national security and health), data protection, medical law, and Internet law.

Start Date: 2011/04.

End Date: 2015/04.

Education / CV

Education

Bachelor of Civil Law (master's degree), University of Oxford (2009)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics, Griffith University (2008)
Bachelor of Law (Hons), University of Western Australia (2006)
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Australian National University (2004)

Professional qualifications

Admitted to practice in New South Wales and the High Court of Australia (2008)

Professional experience

Speechwriter for the Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (2010-11)
Graduate Lawyer, Minter Ellison Lawyers (2008)
Sessional Lecturer, University of New South Wales (2008)
Judicial Associate to the President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and Federal Court of Australia (2007)

Teaching experience

LLM Intellectual Property, LLM International Intellectual Property (Faculty of Law, Cambridge)
Law and Science (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)
Administrative Law (Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales)

Scholarships/funding

Studentship to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (2012)
Cambridge Poynton Australia Scholarship to the University of Cambridge (2011-14)
Commonwealth Scholarship to the United Kingdom (2008-09)

Fields of Research

Intellectual property, law and technology, property theory, administrative law, internet and information law, EU law

Representative Publications

'Chakrabarty's mission to bug cancer and save patent law' (2014) 9 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 342

'United Kingdom Patent Decisions 2013' (2014) 45 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 201

'Replacement of parts and patent infringement' (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 518

'Industrial applicability of bioscience inventions in the Supreme Court' (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 50

Popular writing on law & technology (sample): http://www.wired.co.uk/search/author/Julia+Powles; http://www.theguardian.com/profile/julia-powles

Science: 'Dynamics of stomatal water relations following leaf excision' (2006) 29 Plant, Cell & Environment 981 (with TN Buckley, AB Nicotra and GD Farquhar)

Dissertation
Supervisors

Professor Lionel Bently and Dr Kathy Liddell