Our next look at this year’s Digest authors explores the work and background of Massimiliano Granieri.  Doctor Granieri is a professor of Comparative Private Law as well as Economic Analysis of Law at the University of Foggia Law School.  He also leads the law school’s program of on-campus technology transfer activities and university-industry relationships, and is the vice president of MI.TO. Technology.

Granieri graduated summa cum laude from the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where he earned a law degree.   He later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Law from the University of Florence.  In 2002, he was awarded a Jemolo Fellowship from the Nuffield College of the University of Oxford.

Granieri has worked for the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of California in Oakland.  He also helped start Torino Wireless, the first Italian technological district, and has been Head of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Department since 2003.  He is currently a board member of the Network for the Valorization of Research (Netval), as well as ARTI Puglia.  Granieri was a consultant for the European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office, and is now a member of the European IP Expert Group of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission.

As an accomplished author, Granieri has published multiple works dealing with intellectual property, technology transfer, antitrust, and economic analysis of law.  Recently he co-authored “Innovation Law and Policy in the European Union:  Towards Horizon 2020” with Andrea Renda.  This book gives an overview of innovation policy in Europe today, predictions about what it will look like in the future, and proposals for how to improve the European Union’s framework of innovation policy.