Lionel Bently (Law/Emmanuel) is a Mellon Teaching Fellow in Michaelmas Term 2016.

Academia meets Industry: creating long-term collaborations

Through a case study on the music industry, this course will reflect critically on collaborations between academia and industry. It will do this by engaging in direct conversation with some of its stakeholders: from music producers and distributors, to users, unions and government. It will examine the multiplicity of voices, including that of scholarship, their differing perspectives and stakes in the business of making music. By working within a multi-disciplinary team on possible directions emerging from a widely publicised contemporary challenge, this course will seek a better understanding of how collaborations between academia and industry may be sustained in the long-term and, importantly, will provide an opportunity to bring the student’s own expertise to bear on this debate.


Professor Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the Faculty of Law at Cambridge. He is also the  Director of CIPIL.He was awarded his BA in Law in 1986  from the University of Cambridge.  He was formerly Lecturer in Law, University of Keele; Professor of Law, King's College, London; Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2007); Visiting Professor of European Law, Columbia University (2008) and Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto (2014). He is Associate Tenant, 11 South Square, Grays Inn (

Proessor Bently is Series Editor for Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law and is on the Editorial Board of the European Intellectual Property Review, Media and Arts Law Review, and Script-ed (on-line publication, University of Edinburgh). He is also the General Editor of the International Copyright Law and Practice (New York: Lexis-Nexis, annually updated). As well as being Chair of the European Copyright Society (2015-16) he is also a Board member of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. He is Co-director of  Primary Sources on Copyright.

His publications include:

Intellectual Property Law (OUP) 4th Edition, co-author with Brad Sherman

Gurry on Breach of Confidence: The Protection of Confidential Information, (OUP 2012), co-authors Tanya Aplin, Phillip Johnson and Simon Malynicz

The Common Law of Intellectual Property (Hart Publishing 2010), co-authors Catherine Ng and Giuseppina D'Agostino


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