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 World Intellectual Property Organization (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 Intellectual Property Law at DePaul University College of Law. She is currently on academic leave and 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, student edited law reviews, and peer reviewed journals, including the Illinois Law Review, Florida Law Review, American University Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Northwestern Intellectual Property Journal, the International Review for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, etc. She has authored a book on the regulation of misleading advertising in Italian and edited two books in English: Trademark Protection and Territoriality Challenges in a Global Economy (Edward Elgar, 2014, with E. Lee) and Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Intersections (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015, with S. Ragavan). She is currently working on a monograph on intellectual property exhaustion (Cambridge University Press, with S. Ghosh), a textbook on Global Issues in Trademark Law (West, with C.H. Farley), and co-editing two volumes, one on Trademark Transactions (Edward Elgar, with J. de Werra) and one on Parallel Imports (Edward Elgar, with E.Lee). Her works in progress address hot topics such as the blurring boundaries of intellectual property rights, trademark proliferation and non-traditional trademarks, 3D printing, and the protection of geographical indications of origin in the context of global trade.

Dr. Calboli is the Inagural Director of the Marquette Intellectual Property & Technology Program, a Faculty Advisor to the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, and the Faculty Liaison to the Intellectual Property Section of the Wisconsin State Bar. She has also served as the Chair of the Academic Program Committee, the Chair of the Diversity Committee, and as a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Appointments Committee, the Student Publications Committee, and the Speakers from Practice Committee. In addition to her service to the Law School, Dr. Calboli is member of several professional organizations, in which she serves in different executive capacities. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Professor Membership Team of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a member of the INTA Professors Task-Force, a member of the Executive Committee of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a Delegate to the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the Association Litteraire and Artistique Internationale USA (ALAI-USA), and the International Law Association (American Branch).

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.