NUS Law partners with Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre to boost research

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law (TRAIL) at the NUS Faculty of Law (NUS Law), and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) to advance the academic missions of the centres in the research of national, international, transnational and comparative law relating to technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Dean of NUS Law, Professor Simon Chesterman, said, “NUS Law is delighted to formalise a collaborative relationship between TRAIL and OIPRC this year. Professors Dev Gangjee and Robert Burrell have previously taught intensive modules in our LLM (IP & Technology Law) programme, and we look forward to welcoming more teaching visits and embarking on new research projects with OIPRC.”

“Dev and Robert are presently working with Professor David Tan, co-director of TRAIL, on a fashion and intellectual property book that will be published by Cambridge University Press,” he added.

Commencing on 1 December 2022, the three-year collaboration between TRAIL and OIPRC will also further promote research activities involving academics, practitioners and policymakers, and encourage early career researchers in their relevant fields.

TRAIL presently has similar MOUs with the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia and Centre for Media & Communications Law at Melbourne Law School and the Law & Technology Centre at University of Hong Kong.

Professor Dev Gangjee, Director of OIPRC, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with TRAIL and NUS on a more formal basis. New technologies invite legal and regulatory experimentation. This collaboration allows us to develop richer and more comparatively informed perspectives when assessing the merits of different regulatory approaches. We’re already jointly planning ways in which to make this collaboration tangible and meaningful.”

Co-Director of TRAIL, Associate Professor Daniel Seng, added, “TRAIL and the OIPRC have a history of collaboration and exchange that we look forward to deepening this relationship. In October 2021, Dev, Christophe Mazenc (WIPO Director for Global Databases Service) and I held a session on the impact of AI on trademark examination, registration and enforcement at the Trade Mark Law and Artificial Intelligence workshop for international scholars, policymakers and stakeholders. I am confident we will be able to organise more of such transnational virtual sessions in the next few years.”