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At present Geertrui Van Overwalle is a professor at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium) where she teaches Patent law in the Master of Laws Programme in the Faculty of Law. She also teaches Intellectual Property in the BioSciences and Patent Law and Human Genetic Inventions in the Master in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine. She is also a professor at the Université de Liège (Belgium) where she teaches Patent Law in the Advanced Master of European Law. For years in a row, Geertrui Van Overwalle also taught Plant Breeder’s Rights Law in the Master in IP Program at the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (K.U.Brussel, now H.U.B). In October 2008 she was also appointed as Research Professor of Patent Law and New Technologies at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at the University of Tilburg (in the Netherlands). In 2003 she was a visiting professor at Monash University, Melbourne, where she lectured on ‘International Aspects of Patenting Inventions in Biotechnology’.
Her fields of research are patent law, plant breeders rights law, patents and biotechnology, intellectual property and biodiversity, intellectual property and ethics. She is the author of numerous articles and monographies in the field of patent law in a national and international context.
In her recent research, Geertrui Van Overwalle has focused on patents, genetics and their impact on access to health. The results of this research have been published in her book Gene Patents and Public Health, Brussels, Bruylant (2007) and in Gene Patents and Collaborative Licensing Mechanisms. Patent Pools, Clearinghouses, Open Source Models and Liability Regimes which was recently published by Cambridge University Press (2009).