Żaneta Pacud graduated in law and European studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She obtained her PhD in 2012 at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. For her dissertation, devoted to patent protection of medicinal products, she was awarded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education in the contest for the best doctoral thesis in the field of intellectual property. She coordinated an international research project “Innovation Expert System” at the Chair of Intellectual Property of the Jagiellonian University and was lecturer there. She was granted a scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich twice. At present she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Law Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Her interests focus on industrial property, especially on patent law. Currently she conducts studies on non-patent protection for pharmaceuticals and also participates in a research project devoted to biotechnological inventions in the context of fundamental rights. She is a practising attorney-at-law.