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Alison Firth

Call Date: 1980

Alison read physics at Oxford (St Hugh's); later she took an MSc in polymer physics and taught physics and mathematics in London and in Lima, Peru. Pursuing an interest in patents, she qualified as a barrister and has practised in intellectual property chambers since 1983 (currently as a door tenant of Ingenuity IP chambers).

From 1987 to 2004 she was a full time member of the intellectual property law unit at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, where she is now visiting professor. She was January Term Visiting Professor in the Law School at University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2005. From 2005 to 2009 Alison was Professor of Commercial Law at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, where she holds a visiting professorship. From 1994 to 2007 she was honorary legal adviser to the British Copyright Council. In February 2009, she took up a chair in law at Surrey, where she taught intellectual property, competition and contract law. She retired from her full time academic post in 2012.

Reported Cases:
• Tidy v Trustees of the Natural History Museum (1995) 39 IPR 501; [1996] EIPR D-86
• Stuart v Barrett [1994] EMLR 448
• Banks v CBS Songs Ltd [1992] FSR 278; [1996] EMLR 440
• Banks v EMI Songs Ltd (formerly CBS Songs Ltd) (No.2) [1996] EMLR 452
• Catnic Components Ltd v Hill & Smith Ltd [1983] FSR 512


Intellectual property, competition and related areas

Professional Memberships:
• Association of Teachers and Researchers in Intellectual Property
• British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association
• Competition Law Association
• Intellectual Property Bar Association
• Society of Legal Scholars
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (associate)
• Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (associate)

Publications (selected):

Trade Marks – Law and Practice (Jordan Publishing, 3rd ed 2012; with Peter Cornford and Gary Lea)

Comparative Evaluation of the Anti-Monopoly Laws in the Four Jurisdictions, 2011, 2009 - revisions of Part 3 of S Singleton (ed) Comparative law of Monopolies (Kluwer, looseleaf)

Customs Measures To Detain Infringing Goods At UK Borders (new section) and Designs (substantial revision) in P Millett, ed, Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, vol 21(3) (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2011)

Danos e indemnizaciones por infraccion del derecho de marcas Ch III.2 in M Lucas Duran ‘Derecho de la I+D+i: Investigacion, desarrollo e innovación’ (Editorial Bosch, 2010) (trans Prof M Lucas Duran)

Direct and Indirect Patent Infringement in T Takenaka (ed) ‘Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research’ (Edward Elgar, 2009)

Competition in Spares – Comparative Design Law in C Heath & A Kamperman Sanders (eds.) ‘Intellectual Property, Spares, Repairs and Refills’ (Kluwer, 2009)

Signs, surfaces, shapes and structures – the protection of product design under trade mark law in G Dinwoodie, and M Janis, eds, ‘Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research’ Edward Elgar 2008)

Contributor World Copyright Law, JAL Sterling (3rd ed, 2008, Sweet & Maxwell)

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