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 founder of the UK Intellectual Property Teachers Network.

Role: Law Business Partnership and Community Engagement Convenor

Position: Senior Lecturer 
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]


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Howell C, 'The Hargreaves Review: digital opportunity: a review of intellectual property and growth' (2012) 1 Journal of Business Law 71

  • Howell C, ‘Extra compensation for inventive employees: Is our system inequitable, biased and de-motivating?’ [2011] Intellectual Property Quarterly

  • Manochin M, Brignall S, Lowe A, Howell C, ‘Visual modes of governmentality: Traffic lights in a housing association’ (2011) 22(1) Management Accounting Research 1

  • Howell C, 'Trade marks, registered designs and the monopolisation of functional shapes: a consideration of Lego and Dyson' (2011) 1 EIPR 60

  • Howell C, ‘Compensation at last for employee inventors: Kelly v EG Healthcare’ [2010] 1 Journal of Business Law 41

  • Howell C, 'O2 v Hutchinson 3G Comparative Advertising: European trade mark law beyond compare?' [2008] 13 Communications Law 155

  • Howell C, ‘When is a majority shareholder an employee: a consideration of Clark v Clark Construction Initiatives Ltd.’ (2008) 8 Journal of Business Law 778 

  • Howell C, ‘Intel: A Mark of Distinction?’ (2007) 11 European Intellectual Property Review 441

  • Howell C, ‘Registered Social Landlords: Private Enterprise [f]or Public Good?’ (2007) 1 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 85

  • Howell C, ‘No marks for internal promotion-use it or lose it at Covent Garden Market’ (2006) 2 Communications Law

  • Howell C, ‘What constitutes "genuine use"? Laboratoires Goemar SA v La Mer Technology.’ (2006) 2 European Intellectual Property Review 118 

  •  Howell C, ‘Secretary of State v Swan and North’ (2005) Journal of Business Law 640 (Reprinted in ‘International Themes in Business Law’ [SAGE Library in Business and Management Series 2007]

  • Howell C, ‘The Company White Paper: A Descriptive Overview’ (2005) 7 Company Lawyer 203

  • Howell C, ‘Hilton v Barker Booth and Eastwood’ (2005) 9 Company Lawyer 284

  • Howell C, ‘Trade marks with a reputation: bridging the "logical lapse’ (2004) 6 Communications Law 213

  • Howell C & Pontin B, 'The Environmental Dimension to Company Law Modernisation' (2004) 6 Environmental Law & Management 354

  • Book review Company Law 2nd ed. 2003. John Lowry & Alan Dignam. [2004] Journal of Business Law 575

  • Howell C, ‘Companies Act 1985, s.35A and 322A: Smith v Henniker-Major and the Proposed Reforms’(2003) 9 Company Lawyer  264 

  • Howell C, ‘Company law reform and the concept of environmental "materiality".’(2003) 3 Environmental Law & Management 159

  • Howell C, ’Section 35A of the Companies Act 1985 and an inquorate board: one won't do’  (2002) 3 Company Lawyer 96

  • Howell C, ‘A LOADED question: on section 5(3) of the Trade Marks Act 1994’ (2002) 3 International Company and Commercial Law Review 118

  • Howell C, ‘Tea and Viagra’ (2001) 1 Entertainment Law Review 31

  • Howell C, ‘Limited liability partnerships: liability for negligent misstatements and the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000’ (2001) 2 Company Lawyer 58

  • Howell C, ‘Salomon under attack’ (2000) 10 Company Lawyer 310 Reprinted in ‘International Themes in Business Law’ [SAGE Library in Business and Management Series 2007]

Practitioner Journals  

  • Howell C, ‘Fraser-Woodward v BBC and Brighter Pictures Ltd’ (2005) 3 Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law 11

  • Howell C, Information Technology Law 11 ‘Clarification of "genuine use’. (2005) 1 I.P. & I.T.L.U. 6

  • Howell C, Work in progress ‘Is the CEO a shadow or de facto director? A question on Registered  Social Landlords’  

Books and Chapters in Books

  • Bainbridge D & Howell C, Intellectual Property Law – (3rd ed, Pearson 2012)

  • Howell C, ‘Developing an Intellectual Property Toolbox’ in Garner S & Evans C (eds) DESIGN & DESIGNING: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION Edited (Berg Publishers 2012)  

Presentations Given

  • Howell, C., Midlands Annual Meeting of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), "Why universities are now teaching intellectual property to engineers  (or rather why they SHOULD be)," CIPA, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK. (November 7, 2013)
  • Howell, C., The Society of Legal Scholars 2013, "Intellectual Property section," Edinburgh. (September 3, 2013 - September 6, 2013)
  • Howell, C., The celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria's accession to the European Patent Convention, "Why Intellectual Property Matters to Universities," Sofia, Bulgaria. (2012)
  • Howell, C., Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, "Extra compensation for inventive employees: Are we doing the right thing in the UK to encourage invention?." (2011)
  • Howell, C., AUNIP Annual Conference, "Challenges met in the context of IP commercialisation: The Aston perspective," Singapore. (2010)
  • Howell, C., ECAP III Workshop on IP policy for Universities, "Lessons learned by EU universities in drafting IP policies," Singapore. (2010)
  • Howell, C., EIPTN, "Multidisciplinary pairing: A win-win teaching experience," Alcala, Spain. (2010)
  • Howell, C., Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, "Extra remuneration for employee inventors." (2010)
  • Howell, C., "When is an Employee Inventor Entitled to Additional Remuneration," Central Law Training. (2010)
  • Manochin, M., Brignall, S., Lowe, A., Howell, C., European Accounting Association Conference, "Visual modes of governmentality: Traffic lights in a housing association," Istanbul. (May 2010)
  • Howell, C., Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, "Teaching IP to non law students," Amsterdam. (2009)
  • Howell, C., European Intellectual Property Teachers Network, "MCQ and extended matching questions," Queen Mary, London. (2009)
  • Howell, C., Roving Workshop, "How to integrate IP teaching into the non law curricular," Lisbon, Portugal. (2009)
  • Manochin, M., Brignall, S., Lowe, A., Howell, C., New Public Sector Workshop, "Visual modes of governmentality: Traffic lights in a housing association," Edinburgh University. (November 2009)
  • Howell, C., Bangor Business School, "Corporate governance in the not for profit sector." (2008)
  • Howell, C., Berne Roving Workshop (EPA), "Integrating IP into the science and engineering curricular," Berne. (2008)
  • Howell, C., European Intellectual Property Teachers Workshop, "Teaching IP to law and business students," Newcastle. (2008)
  • Howell, C., Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, "Registered social landlords: Private enterprise (f)or public good?," Durham. (2007)
  • Manochin, M., Brignall, S., Lowe, A., Howell, C., "Visual modes of governmentality: Traffic lights in a housing association." (2001)

  Research Conference Papers

  • 2007 - Society of Legal Scholars, Durham ‘Registered Social Landlords: Private Enterprise or Public good?’
  • 2004 - Socio-Legal Studies Association, Glasgow ‘The Governance Structure within a Registered Social Landlord’.
  • 2003 - Society of Legal Scholars, Oxford ‘The Environmental Dimension of Company Law Reform’.

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

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