Society of Legal Scholars

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Law section provides a forum for members interested in all aspects of intellectual property law. The sections remit is broad covering the more traditional types of intellectual property rights such as patents, copyright, trade secrets, trade marks, design rights and their associated right but also including geographical indications, plant variety rights and the protection of traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and folklore.

The section includes papers on intellectual property issues which may be doctrinal, theoretical, historical or set within a social context addressing concerns at the national, European or international levels.

The section meets at the Annual Conference, where colleagues can discuss presentations and share ideas in an engaging and inclusive environment.

Section Convenor

Professor Dinusha Mendis
Law Department
Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth BH12 5BB


Further details on the Intellectual Property Section programme can be found on the Conference Website:


Call for Papers: IP Section, SLS Annual Conference 2018


This is a call for papers and panels for the Intellectual Property Law section of the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University of London from Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7thSeptember.  This year’s theme is ‘Law in Troubled Times’.

The Intellectual Property section will meet in the first half of the conference on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September.

If you are also interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 26th March.  All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed using the following link – – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact

I would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to Intellectual Property Law, including those addressing this year’s conference theme – ‘Law in Troubled Times’.

Those wishing to present a paper should submit a title and abstract of around 300 words, whilst those wishing to propose a panel should submit a document outlining the theme and rationale for the panel and the names of the proposed speakers (who must have agreed to participate) and their abstracts. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and so we recommend panels of three to four speakers, though the conference organisers reserve the right to add speakers to panels in the interests of balance and diversity.

As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference. With this in mind, when you submit an abstract via Oxford Abstracts you will be asked to note if you are also responding to calls for papers or panels from other sections.

Please also note that the SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career and which is open to those presenting papers individually or within a panel. The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and the winning paper will, subject to the usual process of review and publisher’s conditions, appear in Legal Studies.  To be eligible:

  • speakers must be fully paid-up members of the SLS; where a paper has more than one author, all authors eligible for membership of the Society under its rule 3 must be members. The decision as to eligibility of any co-authors will be taken by the Membership Secretary, whose decision will be final.
  • papers must not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes (as counted in Word);
  • papers must be uploaded to the paperbank by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 27th August; and
  • papers must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication.
  • papers must have been accepted by a convenor in a subject section and an oral version of the paper must be presented at the Annual Conference.

I have also been asked to remind you that all speakers will need to book and pay to attend the conference and that they will need to register for the conference by the end of June in order to secure their place within the programme, though please do let me know if this is likely to pose any problems for you. Booking information will be circulated in due course.

With best wishes,

Dinusha Mendis