Gillian Davies is a former Chairman of a technical board of appeal and permanent member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO); consequently she has wide experience of the substantive law and procedure under the European Patent Convention (EPC).
Gillian is a specialist in international intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on the international conventions governing patent law and copyright and related rights as a result of many years experience gained working for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), London, and the European Patent Office (EPO), (Munich). Her expertise extends also to EU legislation on patents, copyright and related rights.
Gillian’s practice concentrates on European and international advice on patent and copyright matters. She advises Blue-Chip companies from the UK and all over the world, in particular, from EU Member States, Canada and the USA. She also acts as mediator in IP cases. Gillian is also in demand as a speaker at international and UK conferences on IP and regularly chairs and speaks at events organized by the European Patent Academy of the EPO. For further information, contact the clerking team.
Gillian is a senior co-editor of the 14th (1999), 15th (2005) and 16th (2010) editions of Copinger and Skone James on Copyright, as well as the author of several monographs on various aspects of copyright and related rights, including Copyright and the Public Interest, the second edition of which was published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2002. Recently she has joined the editorial team of Clerk & Lindsell on Torts, editing Ch.26 on Statutory Intellectual Property Rights. For an up-to-date bibliography of books, recent articles and other publications, see her CV. She is also co-author, with Kevin Garnett Q.C. of a new book 'Moral Rights' published in 2010.
Gillian speaks French, German, Spanish and some Portuguese.
Gillian joined Hogarth Chambers in 2005, following her retirement from the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich where she was a legally qualified member of the boards of appeal from 1991 to 2005. She was appointed to the Enlarged Board of Appeal in 1996 and Chairman of a Technical Board of Appeal working in the field of physics in 1997.
Before joining the EPO, Gillian was Associate Director General and Chief Legal Adviser of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), based in London.
The International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI)
The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
The International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
The Association of Members of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO (AMBA)
The British Literary and Artistic Association (BLACA), Vice President
The Intellectual Property Bar Association
Gillian is a mediator for the WIPO Centre.
Member, Advisory Board, Centre for International Law, Bangor University
Qualifications and Regulations
Ph.D, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1997
Hon. Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Wales
Visiting Professor, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.
Accredited Mediator through ADR Chambers
Gillian is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 11890)
She has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/053). Please refer to the BMIF website
for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.
Art, painting, gardening and travel.