Amandine Léonard (1989 – Liège) obtained her Master of Laws with a specialization in business law (cum laude) in 2012 from the University of Liège. In 2013 she completed the LLM program of the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) in European Competition law and Intellectual Property (magna cum laude).
Her particular fields of interests are: the fundamental rationale and objective of intellectual property laws (patent, copyright and trademark), the approach adopted by the United States and Europe regarding intellectual property laws and their limitations and exceptions, the convergences and divergences in terms of systems of enforcement, as well as the interface between competition/antitrust law and intellectual property law.
Since October 2013, Amandine is a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law. In January 2015, she obtained a PhD Scholarship from “Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship” (VLAIO) to work on the topic of “Abusive patent litigation in Europe – The prohibition of abuse of rights and Patent Assertion Entities”. 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.
From January to April 2018 Amandine was a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School (US) for which she received an FWO travel grant.
On 3rd May 2019, Amandine 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”.