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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); Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of New South Wales (2009, 2013, 2014) 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 (e.g. see Copyright law in the digital society: the challenges of multimedia (Hart: 2005)).

Her research also focuses on the protection of trade secrets and confidential information in the UK, Commonwealth jurisdictions and, more recently, the EU.  She has co-authored one of the leading texts in this field (see Gurry on Confidence: The Protection of Confidential Information OUP, 2012) and has also published extensively on how fundamental rights may affect trade secrets and privacy protection.

Professor Aplin is co-author of two leading Intellectual Property Law textbooks: Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials2nd ed (OUP, 2013) and Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights 8th ed (Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

Her current research projects include: EU trade secret policy and protection; the impact of recently introduced UK copyright exceptions; the relationship between user generated content, photojournalism and copyright law; privacy and the tabloid media; and an edited volume on digital technology and intellectual property law.

Past & present PhD students:

  • Dr Marta Iljadica, “Graffiti Rules: Parallel Copyright Norms in the Graffiti Subculture”
  • Dr Jacqueline Nwozo, “The corporate entity and privacy protection: To what extent should English Law be developed to accommodate the privacy interests of corporations?”
  • Justin Koo, “What is the proper scope of the communication to the public right in EU copyright law?”
  • Althaf Marsoof, “Notice and Takedown and the enforcement of trademark rights on the Internet: the need for greater transparency, accountability and balance”
  • Emma Perot, “Establishing a transnational framework to prevent unauthorised commercialisation of the individual” (joining in Sept 2015)

Professor Aplin was the recipient of the School of Law Supervisory Excellence Award 2015.

Selected Publications

Trade secrets, confidential information and privacy

  • T Aplin and J Bosland, ‘The Uncertain Landscape of Article 8 of the ECHR: The Protection of Reputation as a Fundamental Human Right?’ in A Kenyon (ed) Comparative Defamation and Privacy Law (CUP, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Trade Secrets and Property” C Geiger (ed) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property (2015), ch 22, pp. 421-437
  • “A critical evaluation of the proposed Trade Secrets Directive’ (2014) Intellectual Property Quarterly pp. 257-279
  • ‘Confidential information as property?’ (2013) King’s Law Journal pp. 172-201
  •  ‘Reverse engineering and commercial secrets’ (2013) Current Legal Problems pp. 1-37
  • 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.

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  • Elements of the Law of Contract
  • Intellectual Property Law


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