Dr Covarrubia is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham and an IP consultant at the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk, co-funded by the EU Commission. She holds an LLM in European Law and PhD in Intellectual Property. Previously, she worked at the University of Brunel teaching IP Law and European Law. She has worked at BPP, School of Law, London where she was EU leader tutor for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). She taught in Bucks New University and in Holborn College, North Greenwich where she ran Liverpool John Moores, Wales University and London University programmes.
Dr Covarrubia is manager/blogger in IPTango (Intellectual Property weblog – Latin America) listed as one of the “World’s Best IP Blogs” [BananaIP.com]. and one of the “Top 15 Blogs for an Intellectual Property (IP) Enthusiasts” [Buzzfeed]. Her research interests include geographical indications and indications of origin, compulsory licences in the pharmaceutical industry, 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).
In 2018, Dr Covarrubia chaired the session ‘Tangible and Intangible’ at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, in Hangzhou, China. In the same year she was granted a scholarship by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to receive IP training on IP asset management for business success at the Korean Institute of Intellectual Property (KIPO), Seoul. More recently, she obtained a research grant for the forthcoming book Transboundary Heritage and Intellectual Property Law: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (Routledge, 2021). She has published over 500 post in the IPTango blog, over a dozen of electronic material hosted by the EU at the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk as well as hardcopy publications in top UK journals. She has been invited to participate in several Trade & Investment Roadshow and Expos, and interviewed (available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1icu7zZ6sg). She continues providing guidance and advice as an Intellectual Property expert via webinars.
Research, Publications and Conferences since 2017
Patricia Covarrubia (eds), Diaspora, Transboundary Heritage and Intellectual Property Law: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (Routledge, forthcoming 2021)
Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk (2020), ‘Managing your IP in the Medical Device Sector’ electronic material hosted by the EU at http://www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu/library/factsheet/managing-your-ip-medical-device-sector
Patricia Covarrubia, ‘Coffee for Two’: the implication of bilateral trade agreements (Café Nariño vs. Oro Nariño) in ASIPI (eds) Libro comentado sobre decisiones entre Marcas vs. Indicaciones Geográficas (2019 ASIPI)
Patricia Covarrubia, ‘Geographical Indications of traditional handicrafts: a cultural element in a predominantly economic activity’ (2019) IIC – International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 50(4), 441-466
Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk (2018), ‘Beware of Brazilian legislation when negotiating your R&D agreement – case study’ electronic material hosted by the EU at http://www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu/library/case-study/beware-brazilian-legislation-when-negotiating-your-rd-agreement
Patricia Covarrubia and Fernando Seixas, ‘Patentability of Polymorphs: the interpretation of novelty and inventive step in Brazil’ (2018) Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (13) 10
Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk, ‘Design protection in Peru – the textile industry, case study’, electronic material hosted by the EU at http://www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu, summer 2018
Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk, ‘IPRs in the Healthcare Sector in Latin America Factsheet’, electronic material hosted by the EU at http://www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu/factsheet, summer 2018
Lisa Albanis and Patricia Covarrubia, ‘The intersection of culture and trade: Fado as a case
More than 500 publications in the IPtango blog – http://iptango.blogspot.co.uk/
Conferences, Seminars and Presentations
- ‘Compulsory patent licences: afraid or defying? – Brazil and the Andean countries practices’ on The Society of Legal Scholars, Preston, UK, September 2019.
- Co-organizing the session under the title ‘Tangible and Intangible’ at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, 1-6th September, 2018, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
- ‘ICH safeguarding and IP protection: are they sufficient to knit a future for the Aymara’s weavers?’ on the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, September 2018
- ‘Geographical Indications of traditional handicrafts: a cultural element in a predominantly economic activity’ on the European Policy on Intelectual Property, Bordeaux France, September 2017
- Patricia Covarrubia, ‘IP Protection’, EUREKA Global Innovation Summit, Manchester, UK, 16, May 2019.
- Patricia Covarrubia, ‘The importance of managing IP for SMEs’, interview at the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit, Manchester, UK, 16, May 2019 (available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1icu7zZ6sg)
- 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.
- Covarrubia, Patricia, ‘Intellectual Property for SMEs – Protecting Your IP at Trade Fairs’, February 2020
- Covarrubia, Patricia, ‘Main Intellectual Property-related problems in the Latin-American market for EU SMEs’, March 2018
- Covarrubia, Patricia, ‘IP in Latin America’, December 2017
- Covarrubia, Patricia, ‘Protecting your brand abroad: Latin America’, July 2017
- 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
- Patricia Covarrubia, “Colombia: Intellectual property and aboriginal handicraft”, in Sarah Sargent and Jo Samanta (eds), Indigenous Rights: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century (Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press, 2016)
- Patricia Covarrubia, “Protection of non-agricultural GIs: a window on what is happening in Latin America”, European Intellectual Property Review, E.I.P.R. 2016, 38(3), 129-131
- Patricia Covarrubia, “Genetic resources and the debate over legacy: Chilean constitutional reform”, European Intellectual Property Review 2015, 37(1), 1-3
- Patricia Covarrubia & A. Echeverri Uribe, “The Madrid Protocol in Latin America: Is Colombia changing business strategies or acting as a guinea pig?”, European Intellectual Property Review 35.1 (2013), 15-24
- Patricia Covarrubia, Chemical Sense Marks