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Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching

On Friday 23 October, Giulia Priora† and I presented “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching” at the 12th Worldwive Annual Conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN). The program is available here. The core takeaway of our presentation is: the move to remote teaching – and the associated riskContinue reading “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching”

Intellectual Property and the Feminist Gaze

On Wednesday 30th September 2020, Stirling Law School hosted a guest lecture by Professor Ann Bartow (University of New Hampshire), former Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and a world-leading expert in Intellectual Property and feminst legal theory. This was an exciting talk ranging from gender-fluid robots through to quilting. Professor BartowContinue reading “Intellectual Property and the Feminist Gaze”

111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars

At the 111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars, I’ve presented two papers in the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law sessions. Respectively: On 1st September 2020 15-16:30 UK time – Panel “New Developments in IntellectualProperty Law” (IP session) With Prof. Cristiana Sappa (IESEG), we’ll present “The Internet of Things at the intersection ofContinue reading “111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars”

Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching

On Friday 23 October, with Bernd Justin Jütte (Ireland)**, Giulia Priora (Italy)†, and Léo Pascault (France) ‡ we will present “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching” at the 12th Worldwive Annual Conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN). The program is available here. The rapid spread of COVID-19 inContinue reading “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching”

The privatization of universities in Italy

Italian governments have tried for many years to privatise the higher education sector, either directly or indirectly. In the book La privatizzazione dell‘Università. Il modello delle fondazioni, I deal with the attempt to privatize universities by transforming them into foundations. After tracing a history of the regulation of higher education institutions in Italy, I thenContinue reading “The privatization of universities in Italy”

An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects

In this video, I introduce the audience to the key areas of intellectual property: copyright, trade marks, trade secrets, patents, and design rights. To do so, I show / reflect on some everyday objects, namely: Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone An IRN Bru wee bottle The iconic Alessi juicer designed by Philippe Stark in 1990 MyContinue reading “An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects”

The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad

This chapter analyses how European countries that provide some protection for same-sex couples (e.g. civil partnerships, but not marriage) deal with same-sex marriages celebrated abroad. In this respect, there are three models: recognition, downgrading, and erasure. Recognition means that these marriages are recognised as marriages, either for all purposes, or for some of them, e.g.Continue reading “The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad”

Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change

In January 2020, Routledge published a book on Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change edited by Dr Frances Hamilton and me. This edited collection provides a forum for rigorous analysis of the necessity for both legal and social change with regard to regulation of same-sex relationships and rainbow families, the status of civil partnership asContinue reading “Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change”

Scents and trade marks – The EU reform of olfactory marks and advances in odour recognition techniques

In the UK, whereas in theory olfactory trade marks can be registered, there have not been successful applications since the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Ralf Sieckmann v Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt. This contribution suggests that scents may be more easily registered in the near future as a consequence of the EUContinue reading “Scents and trade marks – The EU reform of olfactory marks and advances in odour recognition techniques”

Can the law fix the problems of fashion? An empirical study on social norms and power imbalance in the fashion industry

The fashion industry is affected by an imbalance of power that goes beyond the outsourcing of part of the manufacture to developing countries. Said imbalance characterizes the whole supply chain and hinders freedom of expression, freedom to conduct business and, hence, creativity and innovation. In order to understand fashion, IP lawyers and lawmakers need toContinue reading “Can the law fix the problems of fashion? An empirical study on social norms and power imbalance in the fashion industry”