Dr Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia, abogado Venezuela, has an LLM in European Law from Southampton and PhD from Brunel. Her doctoral thesis is in Trade Mark Law, providing a critical evaluation of the registration of unconventional trade marks. From 1993 to 1999 she worked as a lawyer in Venezuela. Before coming to Buckingham, she taught Law (mainly EU law and Intellectual Property Law) in various universities and colleges: Brunel, BPP, Bucks New and Holborn.

Dr Covarrubia is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham and manager/blogger in IP Tango (Intellectual Property weblog – Latin America). Her research interests include geographical indications and indications of origin, compulsory licences in the pharmaceutical industry, domain names, and the protection of traditional knowledge. She is the author of Chemical Sense Marks: Frequent concerns when applying for trade mark registration at the OHIM (Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing, 2011).

Dr Covarrubia and Dr Sarah Sargent co-manage TK totem, a weblog for indigenous rights.

Dr Covarrubia was invited to participate in the UK Trade & Investment Roadshow in Reading on 18 May 2016. She provided guidance and advice as an Intellectual Property expert and gave a presentation together with the UK Intellectual Property Office on why Intellectual Property is relevant and important to SMEs. Read more.

Publications

Patricia Covarrubia & Lisa Albani, “Cultural expressions: the intersection of culture and intellectual creations – Fado as a case study”, (2017) Intellectual Property Quarterly 1, 29-51.  Read more in our Publication of the week section (26 April 2017).

Patricia Covarrubia, “Colombia: Intellectual property and aboriginal handicraft”, in Sarah Sargent and Jo Samanta (eds), A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights: Challenges and Changes, Buckingham, University of Buckingham Press, 2016. Read more in our Publication of the week section (19 February 2017).

Patricia Covarrubia, “Protection of Non-Agricultural GIs: A Window on What is Happening in Latin America”, (2016) European Intellectual Property Review 129(3). Read more in our Publication of the week section (14 March 2016).

Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk, “Ecuador IP Country Factsheet”, electronic material hosted by the EU at http://www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu/factsheet, Summer 2016.

Patricia Covarrubia, “Genetic resources and the debate over legacy: Chilean constitutional reform”, (2015) European Intellectual Property Review 37(1). Read more in our Publication of the week section (2 February 2015).

Patricia Covarrubia and Andres Echeverri, “The Madrid Protocol in Latin America: Is Colombia changing business strategies or acting as a guinea pig?” (2013) European Intellectual Property Review 35(1).

Patricia Covarrubia, “The EU and Colombia and Peru Free Trade Agreement on Geographical Indications: adjusting Colombia and Peru national laws?” (2011) Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 6(5).

Patricia Covarrubia, Chemical Sense Marks, frequent concerns when applying for trade mark registration at the OHIM (Saarbrücken Germany: Verlag Dr Müller, 2011).

Patricia Covarrubia, “Madrid to expand into Latin America?”, Letter to the editor, (2010) World Trademark Review, volume 24.

More than 500 publications in the IPtango blog – http://iptango.blogspot.co.uk/

Knowledge Transfer

  • Webinar

Patricia Covarrubia , “Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights”, online seminar using Acrobat meeting platform, October 2016.

  • Training

Patricia Covarrubia, “The Importance of IP in Internationalization Strategies: The Case of Latin America”, Enterprise Europe Network and Portuguese Intellectual Property Office, Porto, Portugal, May 2017.
Patricia Covarrubia, “Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights”, Chambers of Commerce, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2016.
Patricia Covarrubia, “The Protection of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology in Latin America”, European Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, Belgium, March 2016.
Patricia Covarrubia, “Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights”, European Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, Belgium, March 2016.

  • Roadshow

UK Intellectual Property Office and Patricia Covarrubia, “Intellectual Property Rights in Latin America – sources of help and support”, UK Trade & Investment, Reading, UK, May 2016.

Conferences, Seminars and Presentations

  • “Policy options for non-agricultural GIs”, Symposium: Geographical Indications in the EU Policy aspects and future regulation, CIPPM symposium, Bournemouth, September 2015.
  • “Intangible heritage –the Latin American response”, The Society of Legal Scholars, Nottingham, September 2014.
  • “The functionality theory: another potential burden for scent marks”, The Society of Legal Scholars, Edinburgh, September 2013.
  • “Colombia: Intellectual property and aboriginal handicraft”, Round Table Conference on Indigenous Issues, Buckingham, University of Buckingham, May 2012.
  • “The legal and socio-economic aspects of the Protection of Geographical Indication (PGI) in the Andean countries”, The Law and Society Association, Chicago IL USA, May 2010.
  • “La protección de la propiedad intelectual en los tratados de libre comercio en América Latina”, Alicante, Spain, Magister Lvcentivs, May 2010.
  • “Registrability of chemical senses as trade marks – looking beyond graphical representation”, the International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College London, April, 2010.

Selected Publications

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