4iP Council Research Awards 2023

4iP Council Research Awards 2023

4iP Council is pleased to announce the winning papers and authors in the 2023 4iP Council Research Awards


1st Place: Plausibility and the flotilla: have the English courts drifted from the commodore’s approach to the evidential requirement for patent validity, and if so, is this divergence justified?

by Vangimalla Dheemanth


#527C85 (2).pngDheemanth Vangimalla graduated from University College London (UCL) in September 2023 with an LLM in Intellectual Property Law. Before his studies at UCL, Dheemanth trained as a medical doctor (awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of East Anglia and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) in Molecular Therapeutics at Queen Mary University of London), and later completed the Graduate Diploma in Law. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) at UCL, while completing his Bar Course, before he commences pupillage at Three New Square later this year.

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2nd Place: IP Negative Spaces in Today’s Evolving Video Game Industry

by Aline Arenque and Amanda Costa Novaes

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Aline Arenque is a master’s student in Business Law and Technology at NOVA School of Law (Lisbon/PT). Currently she is also a researcher at NOVA Knowledge Centre on Intellectual Property & Sustainable Innovation (IPSI) and at WhatNext.Law. She holds a bachelor degree in law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brazil) and has an extensive professional background as a lawyer in Brazil. ​​​​​



#527C85 (4).pngAmanda Costa Novaes is a research assistant at the knowledge center NOVA IPSI (Knowledge Centre on Intellectual Property and Sustainable Innovation), a researcher at NOVA Consumer Lab, and a member of CEDIS (Research Centre on Law and Society). She is a qualified lawyer in Portugal and Brazil, graduated from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA/BR) and Coimbra University (UC/PT), and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Business Law and Technology at NOVA School of Law, Lisbon. Her main research interest lies in EU copyright law, sustainable business practices, and IP law and morality.

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3rd Place: The Building Blocks of an Artificial Intelligence Model for quantifying Similarity among Plant Variety Denominations

by Ángela Martínez


Headshot Martínez-edited.pngÁngela H. Martínez López is a Spanish qualified lawyer specialising in international and EU intellectual property law. She currently works as Legal Advisor at the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the EU agency competent for managing the EU plant variety rights’ system. In parallel to her institutional commitments, Ángela is Correspondent on EU affairs for the European Intellectual Property Review and regularly publishes articles and book chapters on various IP matters.

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4iP Council would like to express a warm thank you to the many students and professors who participated in our award initiative this year.

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