Book launch: Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature

Book edited by Kent Law School academic Dr Jose Bellido launched at an online event

On April 19, 2024 Dr Jose Bellido (KLS) and Professor Brad Sherman (Queensland) hosted a conversation on their edited volume, Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature (Oxford University Press, 2023), featuring introductory remarks from Professor Emilie Cloatre (KLS) and Dr Andrew Ventimiglia (Illinois State). The event was organised by Dr Hyo Yoon Kang (Warwick), co-director from the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.
The volume reflects on the important place that nature occupies in intellectual property law and the role that it has played in shaping the law and vice versa, the ways in which the law has been influenced by nature. One aim of this volume is to show that the ways in which intellectual property law has engaged with and understood nature is part of a long history and that many of the problems we face today require a more profound understanding of this interaction. To this end, the volume brings together scholars from different disciplines to reflect on such historical intersections. In doing so, the contributions show how the boundaries between nature and intellectual property law are often more complex, permeable, and porous than is commonly recognized.
Dr Jose Bellido teaches across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate law modules at Kent Law School including Intellectual Property Law and Copyright and Breach of Confidence. HeĀ is happy to supervise research students in the areas of intellectual property law, breach of confidence and defamation.