Once a year there comes a time to celebrate the achievements of our students: graduation day! December 2021 has brought the first in-person graduation ceremony in two years to the University of Glasgow campus. On 6 December, the School of Law graduates received their diplomas and warmest congratulations. Members of the CREATe team were happy to partake in the celebrations and to recognise the achievements of our exceptional LLM students and a newly conferred Doctor of Laws.
Janet Burgess was awarded a doctorate by the University of Glasgow on the basis of her thesis entitled Amateur musicians’ awareness, perceptions and application of copyright law: where (and why) social and commercial priorities diverge. Janet has been working under the supervision of prof. Martin Kretschmer, dr Elena Cooper and dr Kris Erickson (University of Leeds). As a newly-conferred CREATe PhD, Janet has received an official CREATe tartan.
CREATe leads the LLM in Intellectual Property & Digital Economy, offered by the Law School at the University of Glasgow. The programme provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the rapidly developing digital environment through the lens of intellectual property, and to engage with the current policy discussions in which CREATe remains an active participant. Amongst other activities, the IP LLM students have the opportunity to interact with leading academics presenting their work in the CREATe Public Lecture Series, to learn about alternative approaches to copyright regulation by taking part in CopyrightX: Glasgow, a course offered in affiliation with Harvard Law School, and to connect with fellow IP students by becoming members of the Intellectual Property Society at Glasgow (GU-IPS).
Each year, the best student on the IP LLM is awarded the Cloch Prize in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy, sponsored by Cloch Solicitors. We are happy to announce the winner of the prize for 2020/21 academic year: Leona King. Leona has been a remarkable student, and we are delighted to see her hard work recognised.
Beginning with 2021, we are opening a new opportunity for the students to engage with CREATe and the wider academic community by inviting authors of excellent IP LLM research to publish their dissertations in the CREATe Working Paper series. We hope this will allow us to showcase some of the best work of our LLM students, reward their efforts, and inspire our new students when preparing their own dissertations in the future.
Following nominations by IP LLM supervisors, the CREATe teaching team selected three LLM dissertations submitted in the 2020/21 academic year to be published in the Working Paper series. The authors of outstanding dissertations are:
Gabriele Cifrodelli: Patent System and Artificial Intelligence: Towards a New Concept of Inventorship?
Eleonora Maroni: 3D printing: the notion of use in trade mark law under pressure
Tiarnan Cahill: Online service providers and blockchain: undermining copyright goals?
We are excited to share these three excellent pieces of research with the wider academic community, as a part of the CREATe Working Paper series, an open access resource hosted on Zenodo designed to rapidly disseminate the work of CREATe and associate researchers and, from now on, also of CREATe students.
All three dissertations will be published as working papers throughout December 2021. Please stay tuned, and join us in wishing further success to all IP LLM students graduating yesterday from the University of Glasgow.
Many congratulations to Eleonora, Gabriele, Janet, Leona and Tiarnan!