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Dr Roman Cholij

Dr Roman Cholij

Research Associate


Dr Cholij gained a MSc in IP management and law from the Law faculty of Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University. He is a fully qualified UK and EU trade mark and design attorney practising before, among others, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Irish Patent Office, the European Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in Geneva. Dr Cholij is the founder of CAM Trade Marks & IP Services, a trade mark and patent attorney practice based in Cambridge. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in his areas of expertise and has presented to attorneys, lawyers and business people in the UK - including working alongside the IPO and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) - and spoken internationally at conferences, including in the US, Hungary, Sweden and Italy. He sits on committees of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI).

Other academic qualifications and degrees include a B.Sc. in Medical Sciences and Psychology at University College London; pre-clinical medicine (MBBS, part 2) at St George’s Hospital Medical School; BaccPhil and STB (in Thomistic philosophy and theology) at the University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (‘Angelicum’); STL and JCD (licentiate and doctorate in canon law) at the Gregorian University in Rome; M.Phil and D. Phil (Eastern Christian Studies and Patristics) at the University of Oxford (Christ Church).

Research Interests

Dr Roman Cholij joined the VHI as a Research Associate in October 2012 to explore the relationship between ethics and Intellectual Property (‘IP’) law and enforcement as seen from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching. Areas of interest include the impact of the acquisition and enforcement of IP, such as patents and copyright, by IP owners in both developing and developed countries, examining also the concerns and responses of other religious bodies and organisations to social justice issues caused by the existing global IP Regime. Dr Cholij has a background in both intellectual property and theology.

Key Publications

  • “Genetics and Intellectual Property”, in Samuele Sangalli (ed.), Beyond the Limits: Consequences of Technological Revolution in Society, Rome: Gregorian Biblical Press, 2017.

  • Patents on Genetic Resources? A Catholic Perspective for the World Intellectual Property Organisation. (2013) Research report commissioned by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation at the UN in Geneva (pdf).

On Intellectual Property and Trade Marks

  • “IP in Christian Law”. Intellectual Property Quarterly, Issue 3, 2012, 137-148
  • “FCUK: Trademarked Expletive or humorous acronym?”  Feature article: ITMA Review September 2006, 9-12
  • “Well Known Marks: Well Known Law?” Feature article: ITMA Review, Part 1, October 2009, 11-17, Part 2 November 2009, 12-16, Part 3 December 2009, 12-16.
  • “Ukrainian trade mark law” Eastern European world focus 2008, a supplement of Trademarkworld, Patentworld and Copyrightworld, January 2008, 19-21
  • “Baltics look to keep building on success” [discussing aspects of trade mark law and IP enforcement following accession to the EU], World Trademark Review, Issue 11, 2008, 54-58

On Theology and Canon Law

  • Theodore the Stoudite. The Ordering of Holiness. OUP, 2002 (republished 2009)
  • “Married clergy and Ecclesiastical continence in light of the Council in Trullo (691)” in Annuariun Historiae Conciliorum Vol 19 1-2 1987, republished as Clerical Celibacy in East and West, Gracewing, 1989.
  • “Considerations from the eastern Churches on Women and the Priesthood,” chapter in Man Woman & Priesthood, ed. Bishop Graham Leonard, Mary Kenny et al, Gracewing, 1989
  • “De Lege caelibatus sacerdotalis: nova investigationis elementa” in Periodica de re morali canonical liturgica, 78, II, 1989
  • “Priestly celibacy in patristics and in the history of the church” in For Love Alone, St Pauls, 1993, 31-52, reprinted digitally on the Vatican website:
  • “An Eastern Catholic Married Clergy in North America: Recent Changes in Legal Status and Ecclesiological Perspective” Studia Canonica, 31/2 1997, 311-339


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