Claire Howell


Aston Law


After graduating with an LLB from University College Cardiff, Claire studied at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar in 1985 as a Barrister of the Middle Temple. In 1994 she gained an LLM in commercial law at the University of Birmingham and has taught at law schools including Cardiff, Birmingham and UWE Bristol. She teaches company law and intellectual property law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is keen to promote excellence in the teaching of intellectual property.

Claire acted as consultant to the European Patent Office in the ‘Roadmap Project’ on teaching intellectual property in the Slovenian universities. On behalf of ECAP111 AUNIP, Claire drafted the Intellectual Property policy template to be used by the universities in the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She is a founder and coordinator of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network and convener of the Intellectual Property section of the Society of Legal Scholars. As Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Claire regularly participates in the Research Inspired Teaching Excellence [RITE] Programme.

Claire  won a  StudentshIP Enterprise Award prize of over £54,000 from the UK Intellectual Property Office with which she established the multidisciplinary PIPE Club [Patenting, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship].  She is currently undertaking  a joint research project with Ian Combe into "SME leaders’ understandings of trade mark rights and their strategies used to exploit innovation" sponsored by a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant.

Position: Reader in Law   
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3285 Email: c.f.howell@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 719

  • LLM, University of Birmingham, 1994.
  • Bar exams, Council of Legal Education, 1985.
  • LLB, University College Cardiff, 1984.
  • 2009 Advised the European Patent Academy on the development of a Standard Modular IP Curriculum to be available in 42 countries.

  • 2008 I was one of 15 'IP Experts' who gathered in Munich to advise the European Patent Office on a teaching kit to disseminate IP teaching. The kit is now being used in 42 counties. www.epo.org/learning-events/materials/kit/about.html

  • 2008 On behalf of the European Patent Academy Constructed the Roadmap to disseminate the teaching of Intellectual Property into law, engineering science and business faculties of universities in Slovenia.

  • BL2203, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
  • BL2205, Principles of Intellectual Property Law
  • BL3304, Company Law
  • BL3306, Principles of Company Law
  • BLM113, Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
  • BLM137, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
  • BUP100, Undergraduate Placement Assessment
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Non Executive Director of Worcester Community Housing

  • Registered Social Landlord (RSL)

  • Member, Welsh Bar Association

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute

  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars [Convener of the Intellectual Property Section]

  • Intellectual Property Awareness Network [member of education committee]

  • European Intellectual Property Teachers Network [founder member and member of steering committee, coordinator of annual workshop]

  • UK Intellectual Property Teachers Network [founder member and Chair of steering committee]

 Administrative Roles and Responsibilities
  • Enterprise Convener for Law. (2014 - Present)
  • Aston IP Champion. (2013 - Present)
  • Course Director - LLM. (September 2007 - Present