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Intellectual property law (incl. patent/copyright/design law/trademark law), contract and competition law, innovation policy and governance research
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Prof. dr. Esther van Zimmeren is Research Professor in “Globalization, Multilevel Governance, Federalism and
Patent Law” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp) and Research Director of the Research
Group Government & Law. She has particular expertise in intellectual property (IP) law and IP governance,
innovation policy, technology transfer, competition law, contract law, European internal market law and
international trade law. Many of her research projects and publications are interdisciplinary: in the past she has
worked with geneticists, economists, physicists, philosophers, artists and social scientists and currently she has
collaborations with political scientists, urban developers and economists. She has been involved in projects in a
variety of sectors ranging from the health sector to the space sector, physics, architecture and urban design.
Before her appointment at the University of Antwerp, she worked as an assistant professor at the University of
Liège (2011-2013) and as a research fellow, a PhD researcher and a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for
Intellectual Property Rights of the KU Leuven (2004-2013). In 2011, she obtained her PhD from the KU Leuven for
her research entitled “Towards a New Patent Paradigm in the Biomedical Sector? Facilitating Access, Open
Innovation and Social Responsibility in Patent Law in the US, Europe and Japan”. Between 2002-2004 she was a
legal assistant at the General Court of the EU in Luxembourg.
Professor van Zimmeren has frequently been invited as a visiting scholar to various prominent universities and
research institutes around the world, including the University of California, Berkeley (2008); Duke University
(2013); Gakushuin University in Tokyo (2013); Hanken Business School in Helsinki (2012); the Brocher Foundation
in Geneva (2011) and the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo (2008).