Marcella Favale

Dr Marcella Favale

  • Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Intellectual Property Law
  • Weymouth House W409, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a qualified lawyer in Italy and France, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) of the University of Bournemouth, and at the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).

My research interests are focussed on Intellectual Property and New Technologies. I have published the findings of my research for example on the European Law Review, on the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, on the European Intellectual Property Review, and on the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.

I have also carried out studies commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the UK Special Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP), and the European Commission.

My core research is on digital right management, copyright exceptions, digital copyright, Orphan Works, and European copyright policies and governance (from a legal angle). I dream of approaching these issues both from a legal and technological perspective, because I am convinced that this is the only effective way to build rigorous evidence on this peculiar topic.


My background is in Intellectual Property Law and New Technologies. After a PhD on Digital Rights Managements (DRM) and Copyright Exceptions, I have carried out some extremely interesting research on patents and biotechnologies (ethics and patentability of human biologic material). At the same time I have built an extensive publication record (four papers, one case comment) on DRM and copyright in the digital environment. Meanwhile, I have carried out several works on European and international policy on Intellectual Property, on commission of a number of public institutions (SABIP, IPO, the European Commission).

My research plans involve merging legal and technological techniques to find a balanced solution for the much-debated issue of DRM, with a view of applying this interdisciplinary methodology to all different platforms on which DRM is implemented (CDs, DVDs, videogames, the internet, the cloud, biometrics and technologies yet to be devised).

Current works in progress:

‘Is there a EU Copyright jurisprudence?: an empirical analysis of the ECJ case-law’

Forthcoming as CREATe Working Paper (

This paper uses content analysis techniques to explore whether a clear pattern can be identified in the creation of copyright jurisprudence by the European Court of Justice.

‘A Wii too stretched? The ECJ extends to game consoles the protection of DRM- on tough conditions’

Forthcoming, Eipr

This paper comments the case C-355/12 – Nintendo v. PC Box. It questions the extension of the protection of TPMs implemented on gaming consoles;...


Journal Articles



  • Favale, M., kretschmer, M. and torremans, P., 2017. Governments at the EU Court: Will there be a BREXIT effect? In: EPIP 3-5 September 2017 Bordeaux, France.
  • Favale, M., McDonald, N., Faily, S. and Gatzidis, C., 2015. Human Aspects in Digital Rights Management: The Perspective of Content Developers​. In: Fourth International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and IP Law 9 December-9 November 2015 Braga, Portugal.
  • McDonald, N., Faily, S., Favale, M. and Gatzidis, C., 2015. Digital rights management: The four perspectives of developers, distributors, users, and lawyers. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance, HAISA 2015, 276-285.
  • Favale, M., Kretschmer, M.K., Homberg, F.H., Mendis, D.M. and Secchi, D.S., 2013. Copyright, and the Regulation of Orphan Works. In: Orphans & Images 2 July 2013 London.
  • Favale, M., Kretschmer, M.K., Homberg, F.H., Mendis, D.M. and Secchi, D.S., 2013. The Regulation of Orphan Works. In: EPIP 2013, The frontiers of IP (European Policy on Intellectual Property ) 5-6 September 2013 Paris, France.
  • Favale, M. and Borghi, M.B., 2013. Approximation of IP Rights within and beyond Europe. In: SEARCH PROJECT (VII FP, EU) – Final Academic Meeting 10-11 February 2014 Barcelona, Spain.
  • Favale, M. and Plomer, A.P., 2009. Ethical Controls on Patents & Biotechnological Research in Europe. In: workshop 13 April 2008 Manchester.
  • Favale, M., 2009. Fundamental Disjunctions in the European Normative Order on Human Tissue and Cells (presented by A Plomer). In: Biotechnology, European Law and Citizens workshop 13 April 2008 Belfast, Ireland.
  • Favale, M., 2008. The Role of Technology in the Balance of Fundamental Rights in Copyright’, Manchester Metropolitan University. In: Second Workshop on Law and Economics of Intellectual Property 27-28 July 2006 Manchester.
  • Favale, M., 2008. Fair DRM: the Right of Access of Copyright Users. In: First EPIP Conference on Policy, Law and Economics of Intellectual Property 7-8 September 2006 Munich, Germany.
  • Favale, M., 2008. Technological Protection Measures and Copyright Exceptions in Europe. In: Intellectual Property Scholars Conference 9-10 August 2007 Chicago.



  • EnDOW ("Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works Clearance" (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 02 Jul 2015). Completed
  • Making sense of DRM in game development (Madrigal) (Bournemouth University - Fusion Investment Fund, 01 Feb 2015). Completed
  • Projects to Inform Hargreaves Review Implementation – Orphan Works (Intellectual Property Office, 01 Apr 2012). Completed


  • PhD in Law (2007)
  • Master of Arts in Law (University of Parma (Italy), 2003)


  • Italian Lawyers Bar, Member (2007-),