Stefano is an Italian qualified lawyer, with extensive experience in research and teaching in the field of intellectual property law and policy. Before joining Swansea University, he taught intellectual property and related subject at the University of South Wales, where he also led the postgraduate courses in intellectual property and the LLM in Intellectual Property for staff of the UK Intellectual Property Office. Stefano is an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Oxford University Press) and has been selected as a future Research Leader of Wales by the Welsh Crucible programme in 2017.
His primary field of research focuses on patent law (including related historical and theoretical aspects) and on the interactions between intellectual property and competition law (e.g. standard essential patents, FRAN/D licensing, pay-for-delay or reverse payment settlements, technology transfer).
He has a particular interest in understanding the way new technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, robotics) shape our perception and approach to intellectual property rights, as well as in enquiring the suitability of the existing legal framework to deal with new technologies.
Some strands of his research have a cross-disciplinary nature and explore connections between intellectual property law and literature, economics, medicine and history. He also studies the impact of intellectual property rights on the development of cultures of innovation, in the domains of science and culture, and their effects on competition, market transparency and consumer welfare.