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Professor Dev Gangjee

BA Bangalore, BCL MPhil DPhil Oxf


Dev Gangjee is a graduate of the National Law School of India and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dev's research focuses on Intellectual Property (IP), with a special emphasis on Branding and Trade Marks, Geographical Indications and Copyright law. Thematic research interests include the history and political economy of IP, collective and open innovation, the significance of registration for intangibles and rights in data. He has acted in an advisory capacity for national governments, law firms, international organisations and the European Commission on IP issues.

Besides IP, Dev has teaching interests across private law, including contract, land and tort law. He has won teaching prizes (LSE) and a student welfare award (Oxford). He is a visiting professor at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre, having taught on their LLM programme since 2010. He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo (2005), the IP Research Institute of Australia at UNSW (2010) and Hong Kong University (2018). Dev is presently Director of the Oxford IP Research Centre (OIPRC). He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Modern Law Review, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the open access journal Laws.


Research Handbook on Intellectual Edited Property and Geographical Indications', (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2016)

Introduction: Timeless Signs or Signs of the Times? (2016)

Relocating the Law of Geographical Indications (CUP, Cambridge 2012)


'GIs Beyond Wine: Time to Rethink the Link?' (2017) 48 IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 129

'The Image of the Consumer in European Trade Mark Law' (2016) 21 Images of The Consumer In EU Law, Legislation, Free Movement And Competition Law 339 (With G Dinwoodie)

'Proving Provenance? Geographical Indications Certification and Its Ambiguities' (2015) 98 World Development 12

'Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and New Perspectives' (2014) 4 QUEEN MARY JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 244

'Intellectual Property Overlaps: A European Perspective' (2012) 75 MODERN LAW REVIEW 943

‘Cultural Heritage and Geographical Indications’ (2012) 4 WIPO Journal 92-102

‘Demerara Sugar: A Bitter Pill to Swallow?’ (2011) 24 Intellectual Property Journal 1-14

‘Trade Marks and Freedom of Expression: A Call for Caution’ (2010) 41(5) International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 544-569 (With R Burrell)

‘Non-Conventional Trade Marks in India’ (2010) 22 National Law School of India Review 67-96

‘“Trick or Treat?”   The Misrepresentation of American Beef Exports  to  Britain in the Late Nineteenth Century’ (2010) 11 Enterprise and Society 203-241 (With D Higgins)

‘Because You’re Worth It: L’Oreal and the Prohibition on Free Riding’ (2010) 71 Modern Law Review 282-295 (With R Burrell)

‘The Polymorphism of Trade Mark Dilution in India’ (2008) 17 Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 611-630

'Quibbling Siblings: Conflicts between Trade Marks and GIs’ (2007) 82 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1253-1291.

‘Say Cheese: A Sharper Image of Generic Use through the Lens of Feta’ [2007] European Intellectual Property Review 172-179.

‘Melton Mowbray and the GI Pie in the Sky: Exploring Cartographies of Protection’ [2006] Intellectual Property Quarterly 291-309.


'Making a Place for Place-Based IP: WIPO and Geographical Indications', Research Handbook on the World Intellectual Property Organization: the First 50 Years and beyond (2020)

'Champagne', A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (2019)

'Paying the Price for Admission: Non-Traditional Marks across Registration and Enforcement', The Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks: Critical Perspectives (2019)

'From Geography to History: Geographical Indications and the Reputational Link', Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge University Press 2017)

'Geographical Indications and Cultural Rights: The Intangible Cultural Heritage Connection?', Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property (2015)

‘Spanish Champagne: An Unfair Competition Approach to GI Protection’ in R.C. Dreyfuss & J. C. Ginsburg (eds), Intellectual Property at the Edge: The Contested Contours of IP  (CUP, Cambridge 2014)

‘Property in Brands: The Commodification of Conversation’ in H. Howe and J. Griffiths (eds) Property Concepts in Intellectual Property Law (CUP, Cambridge 2013)

‘Trade Mark Dilution in India’ in D. Bereskin (ed) Trademark Dilution and Free-Riding: An Analysis of International Law (Thomson Reuters, 2013) 269-289

‘Copyright: India’ in P E Geller (ed) International Copyright Law and Practice (Lexis: Matthew Bender 2012-) (65 pgs) (Formerly by S. Ramiah) [Annual contribution]

‘Overlaps between Trade Marks and Geographical Indications’ in in N. Wilkoff and S. Basheer Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (OUP, Oxford 2012) 277-296.

‘The Business End of Collective and Certification Marks’ in I Simon (ed) Trade Mark Law and Sharing Names: Exploring Use of the Same Mark by Multiple Undertakings (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2009) 79-100

‘Geographical Indications and Human Rights’ in Paul Torremans (ed) Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Kluwer, The Hague 2008) 383-395

‘(Re)Locating Geographical Indications: A Response to Bronwyn Parry’ in L. Bently, J. Davis and J. Ginsburg Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique (CUP, Cambridge 2008) 381-397

'Genericide: The Death of a Geographical Indication?”', Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Geographical Indications (Edward Elgar)


  • Tutorial Fellow in Law
  • Tutor for Graduates
  • Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law


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