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IP Colloquium: Irene Calboli (Texas A&M)

September 5 @ 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

On Thursday, September 5 we will host the first speaker of our 2019 IP Colloquium, Irene Calboli (Texas A&M). Professor Calboli’s talk is titled “The Protection on Non-Traditional Trademarks: Comparative and Critical Perspectives”.

In recent years, the domain of trademark law and the scope of trademark protection has grown exponentially. Today, a wide variety of non-traditional marks, including colour, sound, smell, and shape marks, can be registered in many jurisdictions. However, this expansion of trademark protection has led to heated discussions and controversies about the impact of the protection of non-traditional marks on freedom of competition and, more generally, on socially valuable use of these or similar signs in unrelated non-commercial contexts. These tensions have also led to increasing litigation in this area across several jurisdictions.  In this presentation, professor Irene Calboli provides an overview of the debate and state of the law surrounding non-traditional marks at the

international, regional, and national level. In particular, she will refer to her recently published book on the topic. This book, available in open access ( addresses many aspects of the discussion, including the relevant international treaties as well as several regional and national legislations and leading judicial decisions. In her presentation, Professor Calboli will refer to these laws and decision and provide critical reflections on the topic.

Irene Calboli’s Bio:
Irene Calboli is Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, Academic Fellow at the School of Law, University of Geneva, Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Transatlantic Technology Law Fellow at Stanford University, and Distinguished Fellow at the Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia). Irene‚Äôs resercah currently focus on trademarks, geographical indications and the intersection between intellectual property and international trade. Her recent books include: Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2017, with Ng-Loy W.L.); Exausting Intellectual Property Right: A Comparative Law and Policy Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with S. Ghosh); and The Protection of Non Traditional Trdemarks: Critical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2018, with M. Senftleben). Irene is a member of the Editorial Board of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an associate member of the Singapore Academy of Law. She additionally serves in a variety of leadership roles in professional organization. In particular, she is the immediate past Chair of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and a member of: the Council of the International Law Association (Singapore Branch); the Board of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Legislation and Regulation Committee of the International Trademark Association. Irene has held visiting positions in several universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She regularly acts as Expert for national governments and international organizations. In the past years, she has conducted missions for the World Intellectual Property Organization, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Office of Ethiopia, and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.  Irene is currently a Fulbright Specialist Scholar (2017-2020).

The 2019 IP Colloquium is hosted by Professor Marshall Leaffer. This year’s theme is entitled Issues in International Intellectual Property Law. Two hours of Indiana CLE credit has been approved.


September 5
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm




Indiana University Maurer School of Law Room 216
211 S. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405 United States
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