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Postgraduate Diploma in UK, EU & US Copyright Law

Start Date: 29th September 2021

Application Deadline: 1st September 2021

King's College London

Tanya is a Professor of Intellectual Property Law, having joined the School of Law in September 2002 as a Lecturer. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge (2000-2002), and a Research Fellow at Murdoch University (1997-1999). Professor Aplin graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with LLB and BA degrees (1994) and from the University of Oxford with a BCL (1997) and D Phil (2002). From February - August 2006 she was a visiting scholar at Boalt School of Law, UCB and presently is a visiting lecturer on law programmes offered by the IP Academy Singapore, National University of Singapore and Pepperdine University. Professor Aplin is also Director of the King’s Postgraduate Diploma/MA in UK, EC and US Copyright Law.


Professor Aplin’s research lies in the field of intellectual property law. She has written extensively on how digital technologies are regulated by copyright law at an international, European and national level (particularly in the UK and Australia) and much of this work is reflected in her monograph, Copyright Law in the Digital Society (Hart: 2005). Her current research relates to the evolution of the action for breach of confidence. In particular, she is concerned with how privacy-based decisions in this area are affecting the shape of the action as a whole, and not just in the realm of personal information. This research has been published in the Intellectual Property Quarterly, European Intellectual Property Review, King’s Law Journal and Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and will also form part of a second edition of the text Gurry on Confidence (Clarendon Press, 1984), which she is co-authoring with Professor Lionel Bently and Mr Simon Malynicz. Professor Aplin is also working (with Dr Jennifer Davis) on a Cases and Materials textbook on Intellectual Property Law, to be published by OUP.

Selection of publications:

Breach of confidence/privacy

  • ‘A right of privacy for corporations?’ in Torremans, P (ed), Intellectual Property & Human Rights (Kluwer, 2008), pp. 475-505.
  • ‘The Future Of Breach Of Confidence And The Protection Of Privacy’ (2007) 7(2) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal pp. 137-173
  • ‘Commercial Confidences After The Human Rights Act’ (2007) 10 European Intellectual Property Review pp. 411-419.
  • ‘The Relationship Between Breach Of Confidence And The Tort Of Misuse Of Private Information’ (2007) 18(2) King’s Law Journal pp. 329-336.
  • ‘The Development Of The Action For Breach Of Confidence In A Post-HRA Era’ (2007) Intellectual Property Quarterly pp. 19-59.

Intellectual property law and new technologies

  • ‘Subject matter’ in Derclaye, E (ed), Research Handbook on the Future of EU Copyright Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2009), pp. 49-76.
  • ‘Patenting of computer programs: a glimmer of convergence’ (2008) 9 EIPR pp. 379-382.
  • Encyclopaedia of IT Law, chapter on Intellectual Property (Sweet & Maxwell, 2008).
  • Copyright law in the digital society: the challenges of multimedia (Hart: 2005).
  • ‘The ECJ elucidates the database right’ (2005) Intellectual Property Quarterly pp. 204-221.
  • ‘The EU Database Directive: Taking Stock’ in New Directions in Copyright, Volume 2, September 2005, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 99-126.

Academic Profile:

I joined Sheffield in October 2013 having spent the previous 12 years living and working in Australia. During my time in Australia I held a number of academic appointments including at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia (where I retain a visiting position). I also spent part of my time working as a registered trade marks attorney, eventually helping to establish a new boutique firm that specialises in intellectual property. In my role as an attorney I appeared in seven cases before the Australian Trade Mark Office and was heavily involved in other cases before the Federal Court of Australia. Before moving to Australia I lectured at King’s College London. I have held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge and at the Benjamin N. Cardoxo School of Law in New York. My two most significant current research projects are historical in focus. One project is concerned with the evolution of the registered trade mark system in the first 30 years of its operation (1875-1905). The other project looks at Parliamentary Rewards for inventors in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The aim of these projects is to make us rethink how elements of our current intellectual property system evolved.


PhD, Griffith University

Graduate Diploma in Trade Mark Practice,

University of Technology, Sydney LLM,

University of London LLB, King’s College London

Featured Publications: 

  • K. Weatherall, R Burrell, 'Exporting Controversy? Reactions to the Copyright Provisions of the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Lessons for U.S. Trade Policy' 2008 (2) University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy 259-319
  • R Burrell, 'Trade Mark Bureaucracies' in Greame B. Dinwoodie, Mark D. Janis (eds), Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, 2008) 95-131
  • R Burrell, M Handler, 'The Intersection Between Registered and Unregistered Trade Marks' (2007) 35 (3) Federal Law Review 375-397
  • R Burrell, 'Copyright Reform in the Early Twentieth Century: The View from Australia' (2006) 27 (3) The Journal of Legal History 239-267
  • R Burrell, A Coleman, Copyright Exceptions: The Digital Impact (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2005)
  • R Burrell, S Hubicki, 'Patent Liability and Genetic Drift' (2005) 7 (4) Environmental Law Review 278-286

Trevor Cook focuses his practice on transnational intellectual property litigation matters and is also active in the area of life sciences. Mr. Cook has more than 35 years of experience in global patent litigation, particularly in Europe and Asia. In recent years, he has acted in many of the leading patent infringement cases that have come before the English courts, most of which have concerned pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and also in many of the leading cases regarding the protection of regulatory data.

Mr. Cook joined WilmerHale from Bird & Bird LLP in London, where he was a partner in the Intellectual Property Group and co-head of the International Life Sciences Sector Group. He was for several years president of the UK Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), is Chairman of the British Copyright Council and is on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) List of Arbitrators.

Mr. Cook is a prolific author, having written numerous articles and books during his career. His most recent include, A Users' Guide to Patents (3rd edition - Bloomsbury 2011), International Intellectual Property Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer 2010) and EU Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press 2010).

Lawyer Testimonials:

"Leader of the IP field," Trevor is considered a guru on the patent side, receiving utmost respect on the legal and regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical and biotech cases.
Chambers & Partners, 2008

Trevor’s clients praise him for doing a "terrific job."
The Legal 500, 2008

Trevor Cook’s clients describe him as, "absolutely outstanding."
Chambers Global, 2008

Pascal Kamina is Professor at the University of Poitiers where he teaches EC Law, Comparative law and Intellectual property. He is also an Attorney at law of the Paris Bar, where his practice is entirely focused on entertainment and media law. He was trained both in France (University of Poitiers) and in the UK (University of Cambridge). In France, he holds a Ph.D. on Intellectual Property (1996). In Cambridge, after an L.L.M. in 1991, he obtained a Ph.D. in 1997 with a thesis on British copyright. He is the author of the books "Film Copyright in the European Union", Cambridge University Press, June 2002, "Droit du cinéma", Lexis Nexis, May 2011, and of several monographies and chapters on the subject, in French and in English. He contributes regularly to law journals in France and abroad on these topics, and participates on a regular basis in studies and seminars in the fields of copyright and media.


  • Studies in Law, University of Würzburg, 1979-1984
  • Studies in Musicology, University of Heidelberg, 1985-1988
  • First State Examination in Law, 1985 (Würzburg)
  • Second State Examination in Law, 1988 (Stuttgart)

Main Areas Of Work:

Intellectual Property, in particular Copyright and Related Rights Law; Comparative Law; Private International Law

Additional Information:

  • Course Tutor, King’s College Postgraduate Diploma in United Kingdom, European and United States Law of Copyright and Related Rights
  • Formerly Legal Adviser, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, (1992-1999) and foreign associate with Siméon & Associés, Avocats, Paris (1988-1992).
  • Participant at the Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighbouring Rights
  • Questions (Geneva 1996) and at the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances (Geneva 2000) both held under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • A large collection of national copyright laws is maintained and updated as and when new legislation becomes available.


  • British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) – Member of the Executive Committee



  • Mestmäcker/Schulze, Kommentar zum deutschen Urheberrecht (Luchterhand, 2006 - looseleaf) Commentary on German Copyright Law, with responsibilities for commenting §§ 32, 32a and 32b (provisions on copyright contracts), §§ 85, 86 and 126 (provisions on the protection of phonograms) of the German Copyright Law.
  • Demolishing Copyright The Implementation of the WIPO Treaties in Switzerland, published in European Intellectual Property Review, [2005] E.I.P.R., 481 - 488.
  • Cross-border Copyright Protection before the Berne Convention A brief Account of Music
  • Publishing Practices in the Early 19th Century, published in Autoriu Teises I Literaturos, Mokslo Ir Meno Kurinius, Vilnius 2004.
  • Der Referentenentwurf für ein Gesetz zur Regelung des Urheberrechts in der
    Informationsgesellschaft vom 18. März 2002 Kurze Einführung mit kritischen Erläuterungen, published in Kunstrecht und Urheberrecht, KUR 2002, pages 56-65. (Article on the implementation of the EC Copyright Directive in Germany).
    Revival of Rights v. Protection of Acquired Rights The Interpretation of Article 10(3) of the Duration Directive by the European Court of Justice in the Butterfly Case, published in European Intellectual Property Review [2000] E.I.P.R. 133 – 136.
  • Switzerland: The Cradle of International Exhaustion? Published in European Intellectual Property Review [1999] E.I.P.R. 373-377
  • News on the Internet Legal Implications of Union Syndicale des Journalistes Français, CFDT v. Sté Plurimédia, published in European Intellectual Property Review [1998] E.I.P.R. 410-413
  • Rechtsvergleichender Überblick über die vertraglichen Beziehungen zwischen Felix
    Mendelssohn und seinen europäischen Verlegern UFITA (Archiv für Urheber- Film-Funk- und Theaterrecht), Volume 136/1998, pages 233-255. (Article on the contractual relations of the composer Felix Mendelssohn with his European publishers).
  • Die Kodifizierung des französischen Urheberrechts UFITA (Archiv für Urheber- Film-Funk- und Theaterrecht), Volume 125/1994, pages 9-25 and 231-284. (Article on the French Intellectual Property Code and German translation of the first part of the Code).

LLB (Cairo), LLM, PhD (London), Advocate Court of Appeal Egypt

Makeen, Makeen (2000) Copyright in a Global Information Society: The Scope of Copyright Protection Under International, US, UK and French Law. Kluwer Law International.

Chapters in Books:

Makeen, Makeen (2009) 'Copyright Throughout the World.' In: von Lewinski, Silke, (ed.), Copyright Throughout the World. Eagan, Minn.: West, 14.1-14.81.


Makeen, Makeen and Oron, Gadi (2011) 'The Right of Paternity under the Copyright Laws of Egypt and Israel.' European Intellectual Property Review, 33 (1). pp. 26-34.

Makeen, Makeen (2010) 'The Controversy of Simultaneous Cable Retransmission to Hotel Rooms Under International and European Copyright Laws.' Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, 57 (1-2). pp. 59-106.

Makeen, Makeen (2008) 'The Protection of Cinematographic Works Under the Copyright Laws of Egypt and Lebanon.' Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, 55 (2-3). pp. 223-255.

Makeen, Makeen (2007) 'Moral Rights Protection Under Egyptian Author's Rights Law.' International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 38(1) . pp. 51-65.

Makeen, Makeen (2007) 'Authorship/Ownership of Copyright Works Under Egyptian Authors' Rights Law.' International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 38 (5). pp. 572-591.

Makeen, Makeen (2004) 'Pieces of History: 50 Years of the Universal Copyright Convention.' Copyright World, 20.

Bill McGrath has practiced intellectual property and business law since 1976. He is nationally recognized as an expert on copyright law, though his areas of concentration also extend to trademark and information technology law, as well as publishing law, trade secret law, and software licensing. Bill's experience includes counseling, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has litigated matters at each level of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also litigated matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Bill has taught graduate courses in Copyright Law and Copyright Litigation since 1990 at The John Marshall Law School, where he serves as Associate Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law. He is the author of numerous articles, including more than a dozen articles for the IP Litigator, and has provided feature content for journals including the National Law Journal and Corporate Legal Times (now Inside Counsel). He is author of two chapters on copyright law in the treatise Intellectual Property Law (IICLE 2008). Bill also lectures extensively on copyright law. Bill is Past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and has served as Chair of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He has been named to the "Illinois Leading Lawyers" network and has been recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by the publishers of Chicago Magazine.


J.D., Washington University, 1976
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1973

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Illinois (1976)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1976) (Trial Bar, 1983)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1981)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982)
  • United States Supreme Court (1983)

Professional Activities:

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Member, Editorial Board, ABA IP MagazineLandslide
  • Member, Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (Board of Trustees, 1999-2001)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (President, 1999- 2000)
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Board Member, 1996-1998)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Chair, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee, 1992-1993)
  • NITA Trial Advocacy Program (1984)

Reported Cases and Representative Matters:

  • Silkwood vs. Kerr-McGee Corp., 464 U.S. 238 (1984). One of the team of attorneys that represented defendant in a matter involving the scope of preemption under the Atomic Energy Act.
  • In re Amsted Industries, Inc., 972 F.2d 1326 (Fed. Cir. 1992). Represented Amsted Industries in an appeal of a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruling refusing to register a solid color trademark for thermoplastic encapsulated wire rope. Obtained the registration after the successful appeal.
  • Roulo vs. Russ Berrie & Co., 886 F.2d 931 (7th Cir. 1989). Co-counsel for plaintiff in the trial and appeal of a case involving copyright and trade dress infringement of greeting card designs. The case resulted in a $4.3 million verdict for plaintiff.
  • Hot Samba, Inc. vs. Caterpillar, Inc., 2004 WL 609797 (N.D.Ill. 2004). Represented plaintiff in claim of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation relating to an e-commerce software program. After a four week trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff on both claims, awarding compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Storm Impact, Inc. vs. Software of the Month Club, 13 F.Supp.2d 782 (N.D.Ill. 1998). Represented plaintiff in a copyright infringement trial involving unauthorized use of computer shareware. The case resulted in an award of statutory damages and attorney's fees to plaintiff.
  • Pioneer, Inc. vs. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., 74 U.S.P.Q.2d 1672 (2005). Represented Hitachi in a TTAB Opposition Proceeding concerning registration of a mark for video and audio products.
  • Nightingale vs. Nightingale-Conant Corporation. Co-counsel for the publisher in an arbitration matter relating to copyright ownership and royalty claims on the entire body of works of radio personality and author Earl Nightingale.
  • Natkin vs. Winfrey, 111 F.Supp.2d 1003 (N.D.Ill. 2000). Filed a report as an expert witness for plaintiff in copyright infringement case dealing with issues of work-made-for-hire and joint authorship of photographs of Oprah Winfrey show.


  • "Film Clips and Fair Use: The King is Dead But His Copyrights Live On" IP Litigator 10.2 (Mar 2004): 31.
  • "Thin-Skinned Barbie Meets the Fair Use Doctrine" IP Litigator, 9.5 (July 2003): 37.
  • "Revenge of the Troll Dolls: Copyright Restoration for Foreign Works." IP Litigator, 8.8 (Sept 2002): 23.
  • "Answered Prayers and Jury Trials: Mr. Feltner's Lesson." IP Litigator, 8.2 (Feb 2002): 24.
  • "The Night I Learned The Essence of Copyright." CBA Record, 12.2 (Feb 1998)
  • "Copyright and the Public Domain." National Law Journal, May 8, 1995, C23.
  • "Do You Own The Copyright In Your Customized Software?" Corporate Legal Times. March, 1992.

  • "New Cases in Copyright Litigation." Presented to the Practicing Law Institute. June, 2007.
  • "Legal Aspects of Self-Publishing." Presented to Chicago Women in Publishing. March, 2007.
  • "Copyright Protection and Fair Use of Online Content." Presented at the Law Bulletin Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference. March, 2006.
  • "That's Mine and I Can Prove It! The Evidentiary Aspects of Intellectual Property Litigation." Presented to the Chicago Bar Association. February, 2005.
  • "The Fair Use Doctrine in U.S. Copyright Law." Presented to the Intellectual Property Law Association of Brazil (ABPI) in Rio de Janeiro. August, 2002.
  • "Music and the Internet: The Napster Litigation." Presented to the Chicago Bar Association. September, 2000.


Adrian Sterling has specialised for many years in intellectual property law, particularly in the fields of national, international and regional copyright, computer and data protection law. He is a consultant to Lamb Chambers, Middle Temple, London, where he practised while at the Bar. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, a Vice-President of the British Copyright Council, and a member of the Advisory Board of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, the British Group of ALAI, the International Literary and Artistic Association.

His writings include Copyright Law in Australia and the Rights of Performers, Authors and Composers in the Pacific Region (with G.E.Hart) (1981); The Data Protection Act 1984 (second edition 1985); Copyright Law in the United Kingdom and the Rights of Performers, Authors and Composers in Europe (with M.C.L. Carpenter) (1986, Supplement 1987); Intellectual Property Rights in Sound Recordings, Film and Video (1992, Supplement 1994) and World Copyright Law (second edition 2003).