I am a specialist and consultant in Intellectual Property Law, with a specific interest in the Law of Geographical Indications; Trade Mark Law; WTO Law and IP&Sustainable Development.
I am Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and Affiliated Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich, Germany), where I led the Research Team on Geographical Indications.
I completed a PhD/Dphil at the University of Oxford and I hold an LLM from the University College London. I graduated from the University of Milan.
I regularly advice public and private stakeholders predominantly on issues related to geographical branding. Among the others, I have worked for the EU Commission (DG GROW) as legal advisor for the ‘Study on Control and Enforcement Rules for Geographical Indication protection for nonagricultural products in the EU’ (EU Commission, 2021).
My research is award winning and I regularly participate in international conferences and IP-related events. In particular, I am the author of the book ‘The Transformation of EU Geographical Indications Law: the present, past and future of the origin link’ (Routledge 2021).
I sit in the scientific committee of various leading associations and institutions such as ECTA and AREPO.
I am guest editor for various scientific journals, including the IIC; the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and the Modern Law Review.
In my spare time, I enjoy music and chess.
EXPERTISE & INTERESTS
International, EU and Comparative GIs
Trademark Law & International Trade
Trademark Exhaustion, Comparative Trade Mark Law
IP and Sustainable Development
International IP and its interactions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions; Intangible Heritage; TRIPs Agreement and TRIPs flexibilities