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Professor Tanya Aplin

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Professor Aplin specialises in the area of Intellectual Property Law, having joined the Dickson Poon School of Law in September 2002 as a Lecturer. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge (2000-2002), and a Research Fellow at Murdoch University (1997-1999). Professor Aplin graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with LLB and BA degrees (1994) and from the University of Oxford with a BCL (1997) and D Phil (2002). She has been a visiting scholar at Boalt School of Law, UCB (2006); a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland (2009); a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of New South Wales (2009, 2013) and a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne (2013). Professor Aplin has also been a visiting lecturer on numerous law programmes, including those offered by the IP Academy Singapore, Pepperdine School of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Melbourne Law School and Turin Law School. She was formerly Head of Education in the School of Law (2008-2012) and is presently Director of the King’s Postgraduate Diploma/MA in UK, EU and US Copyright Law and Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

Professor Aplin’s research lies in the field of intellectual property law. She has published extensively on how digital technologies are regulated by copyright law at an international, European and UK level (Copyright law in the digital society: the challenges of multimedia (Hart: 2005)).

Her most recent work concerns the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, with a particular emphasis on the way in which privacy-based decisions are affecting the shape of the action as a whole (see Gurry on Confidence: The Protection of Confidential Information OUP, 2012).

She is currently working on the ‘Europeanization’ of copyright law; the possible harmonization of trade secret protection in the EU; the impact of the ECHR on trade secret protection; and the implications of reputation and privacy falling within Article 8 ECHR.

Professor Aplin is co-author of two leading Intellectual Property Law textbooks: Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials 2nd ed (OUP, 2013) and Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights 8th ed (Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

Current PhD students & topics

  • Jacqueline Nwozo, PhD: “The corporate entity and privacy protection: To what extent should English Law be developed to accommodate the privacy interests of corporations?”
  • Justin Koo, “Where should EU copyright law draw the line between the reproduction right and the communication to the public right in the 21st century?”
Selected Publications

Confidentiality and privacy

  • “Commercialising privacy and privatising the commercial: the difficulties arising from the protection of privacy via breach of confidence” in A Kur, N Lee, A Ohly and G Westkamp (eds), Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and Publicity – Convergence and Development EIPIN Series Vol II (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2014)
  • ‘Trade secrets as (intellectual) property’ King’s Law Journal (forthcoming, 2014)
  • "Confidential Information as Property?", King's Law Journal 2013, 24 (2), p. 172–201
  • "Reverse engineering and commercial secrets", Current Legal Problems. 66, 1, p. 341-377
  • Aplin, Bently, Johnson & Malynicz, Gurry on Confidence: The Protection of Confidential Information (OUP, 2012) 976 pp
  • "A right of privacy for corporations?", in Torremans, P. L. C. (ed.) Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Kluwer, 2008), p. 475-505

Intellectual property law and new technologies

View full list of Professor Aplin’s publications.



  • Elements of the Law of Contract
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Patents & Breach of Confidence


  • International & Comparative Law of Copyright & Related Rights
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Patents & Trade Secrets
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