Professor of Law, Texas A&M University

Irene Calboli is currently a Lee Kong Chian Fellow, the Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University. She is also a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, and a Transatlantic Technology Law Fellow at Stanford University. She started her academic career at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, where she graduated with first-class honours, and held visiting positions, inter alia, at the King’s College London, the University of California Berkeley, the University Complutense, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition. She is also a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Queen Mary College London.

Irene specializes in Intellectual Property and International Trade Law. She has extensively written in these areas, and her scholarship has appeared in leading volumes, peer reviewed journals, and student edited law reviews. Her recent publications include the books, TRADEMARK PROTECTION AND TERRITORIALITY CHALLENGES IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY (Edward Elgar, 2014, edited with E. Lee), DIVERSITY IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: IDENTITIES, INTERESTS, AND INTERSECTIONS (Cambridge University Press, 2015, edited with S. Ragavan), and THE LAW AND PRACTICE OF TRADEMARK TRANSACTIONS (Edward Elgar, 2016, edited with J. de Werra). Irene's current research addresses the blurring boundaries of intellectual property rights, trademark proliferation and non-traditional trademarks, the principle of exhaustion of intellectual property rights, and the protection of geographical indications of origin in the context of global trade. Her works in progress include a monograph on INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXHAUSTION: A CRITICAL AND COMPARATIVE APPROACH (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016, with S. Ghosh), a text book on GLOBAL ISSUES IN TRADEMARK LAW (West, forthcoming 2016, with C.H. Farley), and the edited RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXHAUSTION AND PARALLEL IMPORTS (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2016, with E. Lee).

Irene is dedicated member of several professional organizations, in which she serves in various executive capacities. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Executive Board of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association (EPIP). She is also a Delegate to the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the International Law Association (American and Singapore Branches), the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), and the Association Litteraire and Artistique Internationale USA (ALAI-USA), and an academic member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she served as the Co-Chair of the Professor Membership Team until the end of 2015. In 2011-13 and 2014-15 she served a member of the Executive Committee of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.


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    Professor of Law, Texas A&M University