The research area on intellectual property promotes the study and critical analysis of the fields of copyright law and industrial property (e.g., patents, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications), with particular regards to the processes of legal harmonization at EU level and regulatory adaptation to the digital revolution and technological innovation. The research activities carried out by the team range from contributions to the theoretical and doctrinal discussions, to consultancy and expert opinions for public institutions and policymakers, to the proactive participation to the debate on national and EU reforms, up to activities of public engagement aimed at raising the awareness and promoting the involvement and training of the main stakeholders (i.e., consumers/end-users, vulnerable groups thereof, creative industries, authors and performers, cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, innovation hubs, SMEs, intermediaries and digital platforms).
Moreover, the research team carries out comparative studies on the processes of legal innovation occurring in different legal cultures and traditions across Europe and beyond. Distinctive features of such research endeavors are the marked multi-disciplinarity of the research questions and methodological approaches embraced, and the close attention being paid to explore fruitful collaborations between different areas of expertise. The main objective is to suggest policies, thus supporting regulatory key players, as well as identify and promote best practices for the benefit of national and supranational actors and stakeholders, at this moment in history when the social, economic, and cultural relevance of the analyzed aspects and issues is, more than ever, pivotal in the evolution of the democratic society.