Professor Alison Firth
Alison Firth is Emeritus Professor at University of Surrey and convenes the International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks, Designs and Unfair Competition course.
Alison originally read physics at Oxford (St Hugh's College); later she took an MSc in polymer physics and taught physics and mathematics in London and in Lima, Peru. Pursuing an interest in patents, she qualified as a barrister and has practised in intellectual property chambers since 1983 (currently as a door tenant at Ingenuity Intellectual Property Chambers). From 1987 - 2004, Professor Alison firth was a full time member of the Intellectual Property law unit at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London where she was a visiting Professor. From 2005-2009 Alison was Professor of Commercial Law at Newcastle Law School, where she is now a visiting professor. From 1994-2007 she was honorary legal adviser to the British Copyright Council. In February 2009, she took up a chair in law at Surrey. On her retirement in 2012 she was appointed Professor Emeritus in law at the University of Surrey. In February-April 2013 she was an Erskine visiting fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, returning to Canterbury as a KEENZ visiting scholar in March/April 2014. In 2013 and 2015 she taught patent law for Singapore's Intellectual Property Academy.