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Dr Eleonora Rosati PhD (EUI), LLM (Cantab), Laurea (Florence), Avvocato (Italian-qualified lawyer-Florence Bar)

Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, Director of iCLIC/ILAWS

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An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato) with experience in the area of copyright, trade marks, fashion and internet laws, I am a tenured Associate Professor in Intellectual Property (IP) Law at the University of Southampton, where I lead the IP/IT research centre (iCLIC/ILAWS).

I am also an Of Counsel at Bird&Bird LLP and the Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press, peer-reviewed).

I have written extensively in the IP field, and my latest monograph – Copyright and the Court of Justice of the European Union (Oxford University Press:2019) – tackles the role, action and legacy of the highest EU judicature’s copyright case law.

I comment on IP issues for well-known blogs IPKat blogs (most popular IP blog of all time according to the Justia rankings as of 1 December 2018) and The 1709 Blog for which I have authored several hundreds of posts over the past few years.

I regularly prepare technical briefings at the request of and deliver talks to international and EU institutions and agencies (eg, WIPO, European Parliament, European Commission, EUIPO), as well as international professional bodies and organizations (eg, ALAI, INTA, AIPPI, LIDC, ECTA).

Click here for a list of my most recent presentations and lectures.

You can follow me on Twitter,  and add me on LinkedIn and you are welcome to join the Facebook IP group I originally created for my students here


The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS)

Research interests

  • Copyright,
  • Intellectual property,
  • Internet law.

Overview of projects worked on to date:

My research interests and academic production have been devoted to copyright, trade marks, fashion, and internet law, mainly from a European perspective.

In 2012 I completed my PhD in EU copyright law at the European University Institute. My doctoral work focused on relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the originality requirement and its impact on EU Member States, as well as the future of EU copyright harmonization. A revised and extended version of my PhD dissertation was published as a monograph by Edward Elgar in late 2013 with the title  Originality in EU Copyright. Full Harmonization through Case Law (see here for relevant reviews).

More recently, my research interests have been devoted to, amongst others: orphan works; subject matter categorization under EU copyright law; EU pre-emption in the area of copyright; copyright exclusive rights and related exceptions and limitations; intermediary liability and injunctions; conflict of laws issues in online IP infringement cases; EU and UK policy initiatives in the area of IP.

My latest monograph, Copyright and the Court of Justice of the European Union (Oxford University Press:2019) focuses specifically on the role, action, and legacy of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the field of copyright, also by providing an exclusive survey that covers two decades (1998 - 2018) of CJEU decisions in this area of the law. In his foreword, Advocate General Szpunar (First Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union) wrote: "This extremely profound analysis … constitutes uncharted territory, unveiling new information, perhaps never considered, even by members of the Court like myself. [The] book addresses, from an original and forward-thinking perspective, some of the most complex, challenging, and pressing aspects of the EU copyright framework. I am certain that the book will contribute to an awareness of the many challenges facing copyright protection, both on the EU and global level, as well as the importance of EU law and the Court of Justice."



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Working Paper

  • Intellectual Property Law (LLB)
  • Global Trends in Copyright and Trademark Laws (LLM)
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights over the Internet (LLM)

Here are some of the study materials I have created for my students (See here for an up-to-date list):


Trade Marks


Student essays

I have also created and manage a Facebook group primarily intended for my students, but open to anyone interested in IP and discussing relevant issues through a more informal channel.

Finally, some of my PowerPoint presentations are available on SlideShare.


Dr Eleonora Rosati
Room number: 3024 Law School University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ UK Email address: Twitter: @eLAWnora

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