It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Dr. Estelle Derclaye (left) as today's guest blogger.
Associate Professor and Reader in Intellectual Property Law at the School of Law of the University of Nottingham in England, Estelle earned her 1st degree in law from the University of Liège in Belgium, followed by an LL.M. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in law from the University of London.
Before joining the Nottingham faculty in 2006, Estelle had practiced intellectual property law at the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP, and been a lecturer at the universities of Leicester and London. She has been a visiting lecturer at the universities of Liège, Brussels, Turin, Montpellier, Paris-Sud and King's College London, and was a scholar at the Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, she was appointed as a member of the Copyright Expert Panel of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy, which advises Britain's Intellectual Property Office.
Estelle’s scholarship focuses on intellectual property law; in particular, copyright and designs law. She is the author of The Legal Protection of Databases: A Comparative Analysis (2008) and Research Handbook on the Future of EU Copyright (2009), and co-author, with Alain Strowel, of Droit d'auteur et numérique: logiciels, bases de données et multimédia - Droit belge, européen et comparé (2001).
Estelle discusses her scholarship in her guest post below; specifically, she analyzes linkages between climate change and patent law, and sets out recommendations for the use of patent law to help cool the planet.