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Email

jel68@cam.ac.uk

Faculty Contact Details

Room: Room 319 (ARB)

Tel: 01223330088

PhD, BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Philomathia Research Associate

Interests

Intellectual property; patent law; patent practice; patent strategy; commercialisation; translational research; copyright; confidential information; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; diagnostics; precision medicine; 3D printers; regulation of innovation; regulation of information; empirical research; doctrinal research

CV / Biography

I am broadly interested in the development and use of new technology because it has the ability to: drive economies forward, increase public welfare and solve important social problems. Much of my research focuses on the ability of patent law to meet its welfare-enhancing goal of accelerating the creation of new technology. In biotechnology and life-sciences — special interests of mine — this focus is particularly important, but it is also quite complicated. Although patents can operate as incentives, they have numerous trade-offs. Smart innovation policy requires detailed doctrinal research and robust empirical data. As a lawyer with scientific training, I strive to deliver both.

I am currently working with Dr Kathy Liddell on a research project titled, “Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual Property Issues Beyond the ‘Old’ DNA Patent Debates”. We are investigating two topics in which intellectual property interacts with the realisation of clinically useful genomic developments. The first topic analyses IP management by large-scale biobanks; and the second concerns the business models of genetic diagnostic companies and the way in which IP law interacts with those strategies. For more information see, https://www.lml.law.cam.ac.uk/Research/research-projects/realising-genom...

Publications

 

Books

"The Innovation Pool in Biotechnology: The Role of Patents in Facilitating Innovation"

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D, Nielsen, J, Critchley, C, Whitton, T,
Published:
Aug 2014
ISBN:
1445-­2766

Articles

"Key Challenges in Bringing CRISPR-Mediated Somatic Cell Therapy into the Clinic" (2017) 9 Genome Medicine 85

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D., Eckstein, E., Morrison, M., Sherkow, J.S.,Otlowski, M., Whitton, T., Bubela, T., Burdon, K.P., Chalmers, D., Chan, S., Charlesworth, J., Critchley, C., Crossley, M., de Lacey, S., Dickinson, J.L., Hewitt, A.W., Kamens, J., Kato, K.,
Citation:
(2017) 9 Genome Medicine 85
Published:
Sep 2017
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13073-017-0475-4

"After Myriad, what makes a gene patent claim 'markedly different' from nature?" (2017) 35 Nature Biotechnology 820

Co-Author/s:
Aboy, M., Liddell, K., Jordan, M., Crespo, C.
Citation:
(2017) 35 Nature Biotechnology 820
Published:
Sep 2017
DOI:
doi:10.1038/nbt.3953

"Standing on the Edge – What Type of “Exclusive Licensees” Should be Able to Initiate Patent Infringement Actions?" (2017) 48 IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 626

Citation:
(2017) 48 IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 626
Published:
Aug 2017
DOI:
DOI 10.1007/s40319-017-0620-z

"The Multiple Dimensions of Intellectual Property Infringement in the 3D Printing Era" (2017) 27 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 184

Co-Author/s:
Nielsen, J.L.
Citation:
(2017) 27 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 184
Published:
Jun 2017

"Myriad's Impact on Gene Patents" (2016) 34 Nature Biotechnology 1119

Co-Author/s:
Aboy, M., Liddell, K., Crespo, C.
Citation:
(2016) 34 Nature Biotechnology 1119
Published:
Nov 2016
DOI:
doi:10.1038/nbt.3719

"The Examination Effect: A Comparison of the Outcome of Patent Examination in the US, Europe and Australia" (2016) 16 John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 21

Co-Author/s:
Christie, A.F., Dent, C.
Citation:
(2016) 16 John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 21
Published:
Nov 2016

"Precision Medicine: Drowning in Regulatory Soup?" (2016) 3(2) Journal of Law and the Biosciences 281

Co-Author/s:
Nicol et al
Citation:
(2016) 3(2) Journal of Law and the Biosciences 281
Published:
Aug 2016

"Three Dimensions of Patent Infringement: Liability for Creation and Distribution of CAD Files" (2016) 26 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 165

Co-Author/s:
Nielsen, J, Nicol, D
Citation:
(2016) 26 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 165
Published:
May 2016

"Reluctance Realised? Emerging Problems with s 117(2)(b) Patents Act 1990 (Cth)" (2015) 41 Monash Law Review 163

Citation:
(2015) 41 Monash Law Review 163
Published:
Nov 2015

"Are the Gene-Patent Storm Clouds Dissipating? A Global Snapshot" (2015) 33(4) Nature Biotechnology 347

Co-Author/s:
Whitton, T, Nicol D
Citation:
(2015) 33(4) Nature Biotechnology 347
Published:
Apr 2015

"Another Missed Opportunity to Reform Use of Patents Without Authorisation in Australia" (2014) 25 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 74

Co-Author/s:
Nielsen, J, Nicol, D, Whitton, T
Citation:
(2014) 25 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 74
Published:
Aug 2014

"Re-Evaluating Innocent Infringement in Australia: Patent Numbers and Virtual Marking" (2014) 25 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 18

Citation:
(2014) 25 Australian Intellectual Property Journal 18
Published:
Aug 2014

"Sharing the Burden in Australian Drug Discovery and Development: Collaborative Trends in Translational Research" (2014) 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly 181

Co-Author/s:
Nielsen, J, Nicol, D, Whitton, T
Citation:
(2014) 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly 181
Published:
Aug 2014

"Time to Get Serious About Privacy Policies: the Special Case of Genetic Privacy" (2014) 42 Federal Law Review 149

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D, Hagger MC
Citation:
(2014) 42 Federal Law Review 149
Published:
Aug 2014

"Re-evaluating False Patent Marking in Australia" (2013) 22(2) Journal of Law, Information and Science 128

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D
Citation:
(2013) 22(2) Journal of Law, Information and Science 128
Published:
Aug 2013

"Do patents impede the provision of genetic tests in Australia?" (2013) 37 Australian Health Review 281

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D
Citation:
(2013) 37 Australian Health Review 281
Published:
Aug 2013

"A role for Virtual Biotechnology Companies in Drug Discovery and Development?" (2013) 19 Journal of Commercial Biotechnology 10

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D
Citation:
(2013) 19 Journal of Commercial Biotechnology 10
Published:
Aug 2013

"Legislating to Exclude Gene Patents: Difficult and Unhelpful, or Useful and Feasible?" (2012) 22(1) Journal of Law and Information Science 32

Co-Author/s:
Nicol, D
Citation:
(2012) 22(1) Journal of Law and Information Science 32
Published:
Aug 2012

Book Chapters

"Australia" in , Balancing Copyright - A Survey of National Approaches (Springer-Verlag)

Publisher:
Springer-Verlag
Published Date:
Aug 2012
ISBN 13:
978-3-642-29596-6

Book Reviews

Review of Michele Boldrin and David Levine's 'Against Intellectual Monopoly' (2011) 21 Journal of Law, Information & Science

Published:
Apr 2011

Reports

Precision Medicine: Legal and Ethical Challenges

Co-Author/s:
Skopek, J., Liddell, K.
Published:
Aug 2017
Body / Institution:
University of Cambridge

Open Innovation with Large Bioresources: Goals, Challenges and Proposals

Co-Author/s:
Liddell, K.
Published:
Dec 2016
Reference Number:
University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 6/2017
Body / Institution:
University of Cambridge