Irene Calboli

Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Program

    • Phone: (414) 288-3971
  • Areas Of Law: Intellectual Property, International Business Law, International Intellectual Property
  • Other Courses Taught:
    Intellectual Property Law, International Business Transactions


Dr. Calboli specializes in Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, and European Union Law. At Marquette she teaches a variety of courses, including Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Theory, European Union Law, International Law, and International Business Transactions. She is frequently invited as guest lecturer, and has taught modules for the WIPO LL.M. Program in Torino, the CEIPI/WIPO Program in Strasburg, the University of Nijmegen, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Essex, the Chinese University of Hong-Kong, the European Institute of Macau, and the University of Queensland. In 2011, she was the CIPLIT Visiting Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. Since 2012, she is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Calboli has extensively published in the area of Intellectual Property Law both in English and in Italian.  Her articles and chapters have apperead in leading volumes, peer reviewed journals, and student edited law reviews, including the International Review for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Illinois Law Review, Florida Law Review, American Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Northwestern Intellectual Property Journal, etc. She has authored a book on the regulation of misleading advertising in Italian, edited a book on "Trademark Protection and Territoriality Challenges in a Global Economy" (Edward Elgar, 2014, with E. Lee), and is currently editing two volumes: "Reconciling Diverse Identities and Intellectual Property" (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014, with S. Ragavan) and "The Law and Practice of Trademark Transactions" (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015, with J. de Werra).  Her current research interests focus on trademark law and policy, overlapping intellectual property rights, the intersection between intellectual property enforcement and international trade, and the protection of geographical indications of origin.

Dr. Calboli was the inaugural Director of the Marquette Intellectual Property & Technology Program , and she has served as the Faculty Advisor of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review and the Faculty Liaison to the Intellectual Property Section of the Wisconsin State until 2012.  At Marquette Law School, she has been the Chair of the Academic Program Committee, the Chair of the Diversity Committee, a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Student Publication Committee, and the Speakers from Practice Committee. Dr. Calboli is also  a dedicated member of several professional organizations, including the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the Association Litteraire and Artistique Internationale USA(ALAI-USA), and Association of American Law Schools.

Dr. Calboli came to the United States from Europe where she was educated and practiced Intellectual Property Law with the Societa' Italiana Brevetti (SIB) before joining academia full time. She holds an LL.B., summa cum laude, and a Doctorate of Research degree in Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law from the University of Bologna, an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Diploma degree in Trademarks Law from the Queen Mary & Westfield College London. After graduating from Bologna University, she was an intern in the Cabinet of Chief Justice Mancini at the European Court of Justice and held visiting research positions at the King's College London, the University of California at Berkeley, the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich, and the University Complutense in Madrid. Prior to moving to the United States, she was a Research Fellow and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna.