I graduated in Law from Universidad Catolica del Táchira, Venezuela in 1993. I continued my studies at Southampton University, UK where I earned my Master in European Law (focusing on International Intellectual Property (IP) Law, Information Technology (IT) Law and European Law - this latter included Competition Law, WTO, among others.
In 2012 I was awarded a Doctorade (PhD) at the University of Brunel, UK - the thesis compares the legal system of the EU as oppose to the US regarding the registration of chemical senses marks. I had the privilege to hold a full-scholarship from the said University.
Past and Current Academic Activities
At present, I teach at the University of Buckingham, UK where I have been working since 2007 as a lecturer in areas such as IP Law and European Law.
Previously I have worked at the University of Brunel teaching IP Law and European Law. I also worked at BPP, School of Law, London where I was EU leader tutor for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). I also tought in Bucks New University and in Holborn College, North Greenwhich where I run Liverpool John Moores, Wales University and London University programmes.
- Covarrubia P, 'Colombia: Intellectual Property and Aboriginal Handicraft' in Sargent S A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights: Challenges and Changes. Forthcoming publication (May 2013, University of Buckingham Press).
- Covarrubia P and Echeverri A, 'The Madrid Protocol in Latin America: Is Colombia changing business strategies or acting as a guinea pig?', European Intellectual Property Review 35.1 (2013), 15-24
- Covarrubia P, Chemical Sense Marks - Frequent Concerns When Applying for Registration at the OHIM (Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing, 2011).
- Covarrubia P, 'The EU and Colombia and Peru Free Trade Agreement on Geographical Indications: adjusting Colombia and Peru national laws? (2011) 6 (5): 330-338 JIPLP.
- Covarrubia P, 'Madrid to expand into Latin America?', Letter to the editor (2010) 24 WTR.
- The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago IL USA, May 27-30 -- Paper: 'The legal and socio-economic aspects of the Protection of Geographical Indication (PGI) in the Andean countries.
- Universidad de Alicante, Spain, May 3, 2010. Seminar: ‘La protección de la propiedad intelectual en los tratados de libre comercio en América Latina’.
- International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College London, UK, April 15-16, 2010. Title: Registrability of chemical senses as trade marks - looking beyond graphical representation.
Manager and blogger in IP tango weblog (http://iptango.blogspot.com/). Founded by Professor Jeremy Phillips, it analyses recent key cases, legislation and topical matters in Latin America. This appointment provides me with an ideal opportunity to pursue my interests in IP, from the theoretical to the purely practical. I have written articles in different areas such as: merging, unfair competition, trade marks, copyright infringement and compulsory licenses to name a few.
Owner and Manager in TKtotem weblog (http://tktotem.blogspot.co.uk). The blog analyses contemporary legal issues such as: traditional knowledge (TK), human rights, patent law, international law, land law among others.
I am fully qualified lawyer (Venezuela). My work included:
- Advised on Company Law, including Company Constitution, General Meetings, Shareholders Agreements and Rights.
- Registration of Trade Names and Trade Marks – administrative process.
- Advise on Voluntary and Compulsory Winding up.
- Civil Litigation involving Bill of Exchange, Letters of Credit and Cheques.
- Employment Litigation. Advised on employment relationships.
- Real Estate: means of acquisition, passing of property, buyer and vendor legal protection.
- Sale of Goods contractual advice.
- Family Law Practice: Divorces and Children’s Custody.
- Letting Contracts.
- Labour Law: fire justification; redundancy; payments; upon others.