The Right Honourable Professor Sir Robin Jacob

SirRobinJacobsHugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, University College London

Having read Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge, Sir Robin then read for the Bar and took an LLB from the LSE and read for the Bar at Grays Inn, being called in 1965.

He practiced at the Intellectual Property Bar from 1967.  From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for Government departments in intellectual property.  He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1981.  His practice took him abroad often (Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, USA, Australia).  He was appointed to the Bench in 1993 and was a designated Patent Judge.  From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.   He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003.  He formally retired from the Court of Appeal in May 2011 to take up the Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law at University College London.  He continues to sit from time to time in Court of Appeal. He also sometimes acts as an arbitrator, mediator or expert witness on English or European law.

He is Hon. Fellow of the LSE, an Hon. Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, an Hon. LLD of the University of Wolverhampton, President of the Intellectual Property Institute, Governor of the LSE, Hon. President of the UK branch of the Licensing Executive Society, Hon. President of the Association of Law Teachers and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Law Centre of King’s College London.   He was a Governor of the Expert Witness Institute from its foundation until 2004 and is now a Governor again. He was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007.  He was inducted as a member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy of AIM magazine in 2006 and awarded the Outstanding Achievement in IP award by MIP magazine in 2012.  He is a member of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the European Patent Office. He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property.   He often lectures, mainly on IP topics, both in the UK and abroad and is regularly consulted on IP matters by the European Commission and the UK government.