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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

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An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato) with experience in the area of copyright, trade marks and internet law, I am an associate professor in intellectual property (IP) law at the University of Southampton, an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press), and a Door Tenant at specialist IP set 8 New Square in London.

Previously I was a Post-Doctoral Legal Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and worked in the IP departments of Bird&Bird LLP in Milan and London.

I hold two law degrees summa cum laude from the University of Florence, an LLM from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in EU copyright law from the European University Institute.

I have written extensively in the field of IP, and am a regular contributor to The 1709 Blog and IPKat blogs, for which I report and comment on IP-related news from all over the world.

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






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 mark and internet law issues, mainly from a EU and UK 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.


Research group

The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS)


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Chapters, Working Papers and Reports

Case Comments

  • E Rosati, Arnold J Rules that Shape of KitKat Chocolate Bar Cannot Be Registered as a Trade Mark 11(8) JIPLP 577-578 (Société des Produits Nestlé SA v Cadbury UK Ltd [2016] EWHC 50 (Ch))
  • E Rosati, CJEU Links Fair Compensation in Articles 5(2)(a) and (b) of the InfoSoc Directive to Actual Harm Requirement (2016) 11(3) JIPLP 167-170 (Hewlett-Packard Belgium SPRL v Reprobel SCRL, Epson Europe BV intervening, C-572/13, EU:C:2015:750)
  • E Rosati, General Court Says that Extended Passing Off may Prevent Trade Mark Registration (2016) 11(2) JIPLP 79-80 (Tilda Riceland Private Ltd v Office for Harmonisation in Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM), T-136/14,EU:T:2015:734)
  • E Rosati, CJEU says that Mere Recognition/Association is not Sufficient to Prove Acquired Distinctiveness (2016) 11(2) JIPLP 77-79 (Société des Produits Nestlé SA v Cadbury UK Ltd, C-215/14,EU:C:2015:604)
  • E Rosati, Beatles Documentary Reproducing Twelve Songs in their Entirety is not Fair Use (2015) 10(10) JIPLP 736-737 (Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC & Another v WPMC Ltd & Another [2015] EWHC 1853 (Ch))
  • E Rosati, High Court Issues Blocking Order against Popcorn Time (2015) 10(8) JIPLP 585-586 (Twentieth Century Fox and Others v Sky UK Limited and Others [2015] EWHC 1082 (Ch))
  • E Rosati, CJEU Says that Unauthorised Hyperlinks to Live TV Broadcasts Are Not Infringements Under the InfoSoc Directive(2015) 10(8) JIPLP 582-583 (C More Entertainment AB v Linus Sandberg, C-279/13, EU:C:2015:199)
  • E Rosati, CJEU Says that Copyright Exhaustion only Applies to the Tangible Support of a Work (2015) 10(5) JIPLP329-330 (Art & Allposters International BV v Stichting Pictoright, C-419/13, EU:C:2015:27)
  • E Rosati, CJEU Rules on Notion of Parody (But It Will Not Be Funny for National Courts) (2015) 10(2) JIPLP 80-82 (Johan Deckmyn and Another v Helena Vandersteen and Others, C-201/13, EU:C:2014:2132)
  • E Rosati, OSA (the Czech Spa case): Article 102 TFEU as a Means to Attack Excessive Copyright Fees of Collecting Societies? (2015) 6(2) JECLAP 96-97 (OSA – Ochranný svaz autorský pro práva k dílům hudebním os v Léčebné lázně Mariánské Lázně as, C-351/12, EU:C:2014:110)
  • E Rosati, CJEU Says that Member States May Grant Public Libraries the Right to Digitise Works in their Collections (2015) 10(1) JIPLP 6-8 (Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG, C-117/13, EU:C:2014:2196)
  • E Rosati, CJEU Rules that Private Copying Exception May Only Apply to Reproductions from Licensed Sources(2014) 9(9) JIPLP 710-711 (ACI Adam BV and Others v Stichting de Thuiskopie and Stichting Onderhandelingen Thuiskopie vergoeding, C-435/12, EU:C:2014:254)
  • E Rosati, CJEU on Communication to the Public and National Systems of Collective Rights Management (2014) 9(8) JIPLP 630-631 (OSA – Ochranný svaz autorský pro práva k dílům hudebním os v Léčebné lázně Mariánské Lázně as, C-351/12, EU:C:2014:110)
  • E Rosati, Google Books Library Project is Fair Use (2014) 9(2) JIPLP 104-106 (The Authors Guild, Inc v Google Inc, USDC SDNY 05 Civ 8136 (DC), 14 November 2013)
  • E Rosati, Brussels I Regulation and Online Copyright Infringement: ‘Intention to Target’ Approach Rejected (2014) 9(1) JIPLP 18-19 (Peter Pinckney v KDG Mediatech AG, C-170/12, EU:C:2013:635)
  • E Rosati, US Supreme Court Holds First Sale Doctrine Applicable to Works Lawfully Made Abroad (2013) 8(8) JIPLP 590-591 (Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 568 US __ (2013))
  • E Rosati, Amazon’s Use of Term “Appstore” is not Deceptive (2013) 8(7) JIPLP 511-512 (Apple Inc v Inc, No C 11-1327 PJH (N D Cal, Jan 2, 2013))
  • E Rosati, First Circuit Applies Idea/Expression Dichotomy and Originality to News Photographs (2013) 8(5) JIPLP 356-357 (Donald A Harney v Sony Pictures Television, Inc, and A&E Television Networks, LLC, No 11-1760 (1st Cir, Jan 7, 2013))
  • E Rosati, Exhaustion also Applies to First Sale of Downloaded Software (2012) 7(11) JIPLP 786-788 (UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp, C-128/11, EU:C:2012:407)
  • E Rosati, US District Court Explains Idea/Expression Dichotomy in Videogames (2012) 7(10) JIPLP 713-714 (Tetris Holding, LLC and The Tetris Company, LLC v Xio Interactive, LLC, USDC D New Jersey, 30 May 2012)
  • E Rosati, ECJ Interprets InfoSoc Exception for Ephemeral Recordings (2012) 7(8) JIPLP 557-559 (DR and TV2 Danmark v NCB, C-510/10, EU:C:2012:244)
  • E Rosati, On Netlog, ACTA and the Scope of IPR Injunctions in the EU (2012) 2(3) QMJIP 297-304 (SABAM v Netlog, C-360/10, EU:C:2012:85
  • E Rosati, US Supreme Court Says Public Domain Works May Return to Copyright (2012) 7(4) JIPLP 238-239 (Golan v Holder, 565 US __ (2012))
  • E Rosati, Yahoo! Liable for Contributory Infringement by Display of Links to Infringing Websites (2011) 6(8) JIPLP 521-523 (Tribunale di Roma, PFA Films Srl v Google Italy, Microsoft Srl and Yahoo! Italia Srl, ordinanza 20 March 2011)
  • E Rosati, Relighting a Lamp: The CJEU on Revived Protection for Expired Design Rights (2011) 384 ITMA Review 14-16 (Flos v Semeraro Casa e Famiglia, C-168/09, EU:C:2011:29)


Work Accepted or in Press

Journal articles

Policy papers


Click here for my up-to-date list of publications.

  • Intellectual Property Law (LLB)
  • Global Copyright and Trade Mark Law and Policy (LLM)
  • Online Intellectual Property Enforcement (LLM)

Here are some of the study materials I have created for my students:

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
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