Professor Lionel Bently

at Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Professor Lionel Bently is the Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law and is an expert in all fields of intellectual property law copyright, designs, trade marks, trade secrets, patents and geographical indications; with particular interested in the history of intellectual property law in the UK and the former British Empire

Prior to his current role, Professor Bently was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Keele and a Professor of Law at King's College, London. In addition to his academic work, he is Series Editor of the Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law; a member of the Editorial Board of the European Intellectual Property Review, the Media and Arts Law Review, and Script-ed an on-line publication from the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Bently has been heavily involved in policy work at a national and Europe wide level. He was on the Copyright Expert Panel of the Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property advising the UK Government about intellectual property. He led the team of researchers that advised the Gowers Committee reviewing Intellectual Property on Economics of Copyright Term Extension in relation to Sound Recordings and was part of the team that produced a report for HM Treasury on Models of Exploitation of Public Data by Trading Funds. He was part of the "Wittem Group" of Copyright Scholars who worked up a proposed "European Copyright Code”. He also led a team of internationally-rated professors for a project for the World Intellectual Property Organisation on Exclusions from Patentability and Exceptions to Patentee's Rights, presented in October 2010 to the Standing Committee on Patents.

  • 11 June 2018, 5:30pm

    Two cultures: can policy makers and academic institutions ever work together effectively?

    The UK has scientific advisers at the top of government, but with science, engineering and technology playing greater and greater roles in our lives there is a correspondingly greater need for a broader understanding of these issues by policy makers.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.