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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law


Prof. Mateo Aboy

Mateo is currently researching the status of information age inventions as patentable subject matter. A core component of this work is an in-depth quantitative analysis of trends in patent examination following key United States Supreme Court decisions affecting biomedical, biotech, computer and information process inventions, coupled with comparative study of European patent law. 


Dr Cristina Crespo

Cristina’s research interests include the patentability of information-age and biotech inventions, and specifically analysing the impact of recent US Supreme Court decisions affecting these inventions on patent prosecution strategy and innovation. Cristina’s research at the LML concerns the design and implementation of empirical legal studies involving biotech and gene-related patent protection as part of the research project Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual Property Issues.

Dr Julia Powles

Julia’s research focuses on the law and politics of technology, including data protection, privacy and intellectual property. Her current projects focus on data sharing, artificial intelligence and healthcare, privacy and security in connected environments, ethics in big data research, automated decision-making, and patenting in the life sciences. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences and an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.