I am an Italian qualified lawyer, with extensive experience in research and teaching in the field of intellectual property law and policy. Before joining Swansea University, I taught intellectual property and related subject at the University of South Wales, where I also led the postgraduate courses in intellectual property and the LLM in Intellectual Property for staff of the UK Intellectual Property Office. I am an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Oxford University Press) and have been selected as a future Research Leader of Wales by the Welsh Crucible programme in 2017.

My 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).

I have 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 my research have a cross-disciplinary nature and explore connections between intellectual property law and literature, economics, medicine and history. I also study 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • European Union Law


  1. Barazza, S. ‘Let me talk to you’: open standards and the technologies of the future Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 13 3 167 168
  2. Barazza, S. Risk taking, global innovation and the role of IP Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 12 6 449 450
  3. Barazza, S. Pay-for-Delay Agreements in the EU Pharmaceutical Industry European Pharmaceutical Law Review 1 1 3 21
  4. Barazza, S. The future of IP in higher education Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 11 10 719 720
  5. Rosati, E., Barazza, S., Schneider, M. JIPLP at 10: what's next? Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 11 1 1 1

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  • LAA391 Intellectual Property Law

    Intellectual property law aims to protect ingenuity and creativity to foster cultural, technological and commercial innovation. Through specific rights, which include patents (for inventions), copyright (for, inter alia, literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works) and trade marks, intellectual property provides the tools needed to ascertain the protectability of incorporeal assets, determine their appropriability and address acts of infringement. This module provides an overview of the key areas of intellectual property law (patents, copyright and trade marks), exploring their effects on innovation and competition through real-life scenarios that analyse cutting-edge issues in the field (from IP for artificial intelligence to fan fiction, food copyright, BitTorrent and streaming platforms, use of photographs on social media, etc.).

  • LAAM24 Digital Intellectual Property and LegalTech

    Technological innovation is radically transforming legal practice, prompting lawyers to develop new ways of thinking about, researching and applying law. Through this module, students will acquire a critical understanding of the intellectual property issues that surround Legal Tech (including artificial intelligence, big data, software development and licensing, and databases), engaging with their practical dimension and reflecting upon the significance of such issues for legal practice.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 2018 Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law University of South Wales

External Responsibilities

  • Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University Press

    2015 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Philip Vaughan: Welsh patenting activity in world technology 2017

    This project aims to restore Carmarthenshire iron founder Philip Vaughan, who received the first patent for ball bearings in 1794, in the intellectual history of Wales., Funding from the Welsh Crucible