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Peter Vaughan

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Peter is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School and practising Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.  Prior to joining NTU in 2020, Peter worked for a leading International Firm of Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys in their Cambridge office

He is the Deputy Course Leader on the IP Practitioner Portfolio of Courses.  He teaches on and is module leader on the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice, a course accredited by IPREG for trainee trade mark attorneys wishing to qualify.  He is also module leader on the new Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property course.

Peter is module leader and tutor on the Fundamentals of Intellectual Property and Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law modules taught on the LLM courses.  He supervises dissertations in the field of Intellectual Property.

Peter continues to practice as a trade mark attorney through his work volunteering at NLS Legal where he supervises the IP case work.  The IP work at NLS Legal was shortlisted in 2021 for the “best new pro-bono activity” category.

Career overview

Peter studied Law with German (Ba Hons) and an LLM in International Commercial Law both at the University of Nottingham.  He qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2014.  Prior to joining Nottingham Law School in March 2020 Peter worked for a leading International Firm of Trade Mark and Patent Attorney in their Cambridge office.

Research areas

Peter’s main area of interest is that of trade mark law and practice. He is also interested in intellectual property infringement online and with respect to domain name disputes.

He also has an interest in the use of problem based learning as a tool to enhance student outcomes.

External activity

Peter is on the advisory board of the mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice (Jonathan's Voice – Speaking out for mental health (

Peter chairs the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Working Group on Domain Names and is a member of the CITMA Law and Practice Committee.  He has written CPD Seminars on Mediation and Registry Oppositions for CITMA.

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