Intellectual Property Engagement

Intellectual Property Engagement Group

About us

IPEG is a leading research centre of City Law School hosting national and international research funding, organising regular events and seminars and hosting doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.


Academic staff

PhD Students

  • Plamen Dinev
  • Diana Filatova
  • Shajid Chowdhury

Seminars and Events

- Dr Natalie Corthésy (Associate Dean at Mona Law, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica)
- IP and National Competitive Identity: 'Made in', 'Made by', 'Made of'

Thursday, 2nd April 2020 -Professor Caterina Sganga (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy)
- Propertizing European Copyright: History, Challenges, Opportunities… and the fate of copyright balance under Article 17(2) CFREU

Monday, 20th January 2020 - Dr Daniela Simone (UCL) , Dr Mathilde Parvis (University of Exeter)
- Collective Authorship: Locating the Authors of Collaborative Work

Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Jonathan Jones (The Guardian), Dr Tatiana Flessas (LSE), Dr Florian Schmidt-Gabain (Attorney, Zurich, Lecturer in Art Law, Universities of Basel and Zurich), Dr Luke Mcdonagh (City, University of London)
- The Parthenon Marbles - Can An Amicable Settlement be Found?

Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Professor Mark Davison, Monash University
- Plain Packaging: Where is it at and what are the implications for other products?

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Dr Kazuhiro Ando, Toyo University
- IP Law and the Music Industry in Japan

Wednesday, 26th June 2019 - Dr Marcus Goffe, Deputy Director of the Jamaican Intellectual Property Office
- The UNESCO Recognition of Reggae Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Monday, 24th June 2019 - Professor Andrea Baldini, Nanjing University
- A Philosophy Guide to Street Art and the Law

Tuesday, 26th March 2019 - Dr Jose Bellido, University of Kent
- Radio, Television, Enterprises: Merchandising at the BBC

Thursday, 7th February 2019 - Professor Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds
- Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources: Observing Legal Protection through the Lens of Historical Geography and Human Rights

Tuesday, 27th November 2018 - Professor Uma Suthersanen, Queen Mary University of London
- Excluding Designs (and Shape Marks) - Where is the CJEU going?

Thursday, 7th June 2018 - Professor Sam Ricketson, University of Melbourne
- The International Framework for the Protection of Authors: Bendable Boundaries and Immovable Obstacles

Friday, 6th April 2018 - Professor Guido Westkamp, Queen Mary University London
- Exceptions, Institutional Uses and the Construction of Copyright Norms

Tuesday, 20th March 2018 - Professor Maurizio Borghi, Bournemouth University
- Derivative Works in Copyright and Improvement Inventions in Patent Law

Wednesday, 14th February 2018 - Panel with Mr Christopher Rennie Smith (former member of EPO Boards of Appeal), Dr Enrico Bonadio (City, University of London), Dr Luke McDonagh (City, University of London)
- Recent Developments in Patent Law - Biotech Patenting, Stem Cells Inventions and the Doctrine of Equivalents

Wednesday, 7th February 2018 - Professor Tuomas Mylly’s, University of Turku (Finland)
- Fundamental Rights and Copyright Law in the EU

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 - Dr. Dev Gangjee, Oxford University
- Publicity Rights and the Law - How do Celebrities protect their image?

Wednesday, 11th October 2017 - Professor Fiona MacMillan, Birkbeck, University of London
- Intellectual and Cultural Property: Between Market and Community?

Monday, 12th June 2017 - Professor Irene Calboli, Singapore Management University
- Are Non-Traditional Trademarks Aesthetically Functional?

Wednesday, 1st March 2017 - Professor Dinusha Mendis, Bournemouth University
- Going for Gold': 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Mass Customisation and the Future of Intellectual Property Law

Wednesday, 8th February 2017 - Dr Luke McDonagh, City, University of London
- Analysing the Impact of Brexit on Patent Law and UK-EU relations – what future for the Unified Patent Court?

Friday, 3rd February 2017 - Professor Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde
- The Rise of Web Blocking Orders in the UK: Empirical Evidence Perspectives

6th September 2016 - Dr Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne University
- In her image: transplanting trade mark law through the empire

3rd February 2016 - Professor Peter Mezei, University of Szeged (Hungary)
- Enter the Matrix: the Effects of the CJEU’s Case Law on Linking and Beyond

2nd December 2015 - Dr Gaetano Dimita, Queen Mary University of London
- Video games and IP: The intricate relationship between Interactivity and Creativity

7th October 2015 - Dr Marc Mimler, Bournemouth University
- Much ado about nothing? - Is IP law ready for the 3D printing "revolution"

9th September 2015 - Professor Dan Hunter, Foundation Dean, Swinburne Law School, Australia
- The Lego Brick and the International Intellectual Property System, 1955-2015

6th May 2015 - Professor Jonathan Griffiths, Queen Mary University of London
- Parody and copyright in European Union copyright law

1st April 2015 - Professor Stavroula Karapapa, University of Reading
- The concept of 'public' in copyright law

3rd December 2014 - Dr Nicola Lucchi, Jönköping International Business School
- New media between copyright protection and the access to network conundrum

7th May 2014 - Dr Benjamin Ferrand, University of Strathclyde
- Networks of power in digital copyright law and policy: political salience, expertise and the legislative process

2nd April 2014 - Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni, University of Sussex
- Hot off the press: the collective management directive

5th March 2014 - Professor Tanya Aplin, King's College London
- The shifting landscape of Article 8

Funded Research Projects

Dr Enrico Bonadio and Dr Luke McDonagh were awarded funding (€100,000) under the EU Horizon INBOTS project (2018-20), which investigates the intellectual property implications of the robotics industry.

Dr Luke McDonagh and Dr Enrico Bonadio were awarded a grant of £10,000 by the British Embassy (FCO) to deepen City's institutional links with the University of La Havana, Cuba.

Dr Enrico Bonadio and Dr Luke McDonagh have also been granted funds (totalling £30,000) from the UK Government under the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) to conduct the research project "Achieving Synergy between Intellectual Property, University Innovation and Social Enterprise in the UK, Mexico and Cuba".

Together with Professor Elaine Fahey, Professor David Collins and Anthony Rogers, Dr Luke Mcdonagh and Dr Enrico Bonadio have been awarded funding for their project titled “TRILATTRADE: UK-EU-Japan Trade Relations: Modelling Trade, Regulation and IP.” The project addresses these core pillars with three interlocking thematic strands:

  • UK-Japan Trade
  • UK-EU-Japan Regulatory Cooperation and Data Flows
  • UK-EU-Japan Intellectual Property