Uma Suthersanen

Dr. Uma Suthersanen holds a Chair in International Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She is the Academic Co-Director of the London LLM in Intellectual Property Law programme, as well as one of the Co-Directors of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute. She is the current editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s European Copyright and Design Reports, and a founding/current editor of Queen Mary Studies in Intellectual Property. She has served as a consultant and/or given evidence to UNCTAD, UNESCO, WIPO, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Governments of Israel and Singapore. She is a Visiting Overseas Fellow of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore. Her analyses on innovation, second tier inventions, utility models, design and public domain have been cited extensively, including in the UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2007, and in the World Trade Organization’s Working Paper on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Export Diversification: the Application of Utility Model Laws (2014). She is the lead author of the European Commission’s Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe, 2016; the Primary Investigator and one of the lead authors of the report Innovation without Patents: Harnessing the Creative Spirit in a Diverse World, commissioned by the Singapore I.P. Academy (2007); and the author of the report Utility Models and Innovation in Developing Countries, commissioned by United Nations Conference on Trade & Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (2006). She has been a visiting professor to institutions around the world, including the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota), Université Robert Schuman (France), University of Maastricht (Netherlands), University of Western Ontario (Canada), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (Macedonia), and University of Washington, St. Louis (USA). 

Uma Suthersanen