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Amandine Leonard


University of Edinburgh


Dr. Amandine Leonard is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches patent law.

She conducts research on issues of patent litigation and enforcement strategies, the rationales and objectives of patent law, the approach adopted by the United States and European countries regarding limitations and exceptions, the interface between competition law and patent law, as well as issues of liability for patent infringement in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

After obtaining her Master of Laws with a specialization in business law (cum laude) in 2012 from the University of Liège, she completed the LLM program of the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) in European Competition law and Intellectual Property (magna cum laude) in 2013. She then joined the KU Leuven (Center for IT&IP Law) as a legal resercher.

In January 2015, she obtained a doctoral scholarship for strategic basic research from the Flemish governmental agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. During her PhD she investigated patent litigation strategies adopted by patent holders both in the currently spread patent litigation system of Europe, and in the future Unitary Patent Package system. In May 2019 she successfully defended her PhD on ‘Abuse of rights in European patent law: Reconsidering the principle of the prohibition of abuse of rights as an internal correction mechanism against over-enforcement practices by right holders’.

From January to April 2018 Amandine was a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she was an Emile Noel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center of NYU School of Law where she started a research project on ‘Joint liability for patent infringement in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) – A legal comparative study with a tort law approach’. She is also a member of the Patent Scholars Network for UK and Ireland, a guest lecturer in the LLM in IP and Information Technology Law of the University of Gottingen, and an IP correspondent for GRUR International.

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