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Malcolm Langley

Despite the current prevalence of university courses in intellectual property law, the first UK academic Chair in the subject was created only thirty years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, this article draws upon primary sources from 1956 to 1980 to reveal the extensive role of the patent profession in a prolonged process that culminated in the establishment of the Herchel Smith Chair of Intellectual Property Law and the foundation of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.