Professor Alain Pottage

Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 7.21

About me

Please note: Professor Pottage is on leave during Michaelmas term 2017.

Alain Pottage holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics. Before joining the Law Department of the LSE, he was a researcher at the Law Commission and a lecturer in the School of Law at King's College London. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, the University of Sydney, and Cornell Law School.

Research interests

Research interests lie in intellectual property (with particular reference to the field of biotechnology), theories of property, law and anthropology, and social theory.



Figures of Invention A History of Modern Patent Law (Oxford University Press: 2010) (with Brad Sherman)

Taking the invention as its object of study, this book develops a radical new perspective on the making of modern patent law. It develops the first extended historical and conceptual exploration of the invention in modern patent law. Focussing primarily on the figures that make inventions material, and on how to overcome the intangibility of ideas, this intellectual challenging book makes explicit a dimension of patent law that is not commonly found in traditional commentaries, treatises and cases. 

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