Karen Walsh


Assistant Professor

Riverstown House
1st Floor


Dr Karen Walsh is an Assistant Professor in Law at the School of Law and Criminology.

Karen specialises in intellectual property law, particularly European patent law. Her current research focuses on attempts to harmonise the European patent system, on judicial dialogue and cooperation, and the public interest in patent law. Her monograph entitled ‘Fragmentation and the European Patent System’ was recently published by Hart Publishing.
Prior to joining the School, Karen was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter where she taught multiple modules covering all areas of intellectual property law and tort law. She was PI on a project relating to judicial dialogue and cooperation in the European patent system funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust. She has also held teaching and tutoring positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford.
She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an LLM (Intellectual Property Law) from Queen Mary, University of London, and an LLB and Bachelor of Corporate Law from the University of Galway.
Karen teaches on intellectual property law modules. She welcomes potential research students, collaborations, and media enquiries pertaining to any of her research areas.


Year Publication
2022 Karen Walsh (2022) Fragmentation and the European Patent System. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 Karen Walsh (2023) 'Institutional Coexistence: The Necessity of Judicial Dialogue and Cooperation in the UPC' In: Handbook of European Patent Law. Berlin : de Gruyter.
2022 Karen Walsh (2022) 'Invoking the public interest in the European patent system' In: Patenting Biotechnical Innovation: Eligibility, Ethics and Public Interest. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar.
2020 Karen Walsh and Naomi Hawkins (2020) 'Expanding the Role of Morality and Public Policy in European Patent Law' In: Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights. The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Karen Walsh, Andrea Wallace, Mathilde Pavis, Natalie Olszowy, James Griffin and Naomi Hawkins (2021) 'Intellectual Property Rights and Access in Crisis'. IIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 52 (4).
2019 Karen Walsh (2019) 'Promoting Harmonisation across the European Patent System through Judicial Dialogue and Cooperation'. IIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 50 (4).
2019 Karen Walsh (2019) 'The Unitary Patent Package, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and Brexit: (Ir)reconcilable?'. Intellectual Property Quarterly, 2 .

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 Karen Walsh (2022) Judicial Dialogue and the European Patent System Patent Scholars Network Symposium Maynooth University, .
2022 Karen Walsh (2022) Judicial Dialogue and the European Patent System Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) Stanford University, .
2022 Karen Walsh (2022) Linking Patent Systems Across Europe Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) King's College London, UK, .

Book Review

Year Publication
2020 Karen Walsh (2020) Book Review: Intellectual Property and the Judiciary. BREV


Year Publication
2022 Karen Walsh, Aisling McMahon and Naomi Hawkins (2022) Patents in a changing Europe. ED
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