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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Spyros Maniatis, LLB (Athens), LLM (London), PhD (London)


Honorary Professor


Professor Spyros Maniatis is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and was Head of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies until 2018. During that time he encouraged the growth of the Centre in terms of size, portfolio of activities, and international reputation. The Centre now has more than 1200 postgraduate taught and research students from around 100 jurisdictions.

Professor Maniatis led the internationalisation strategy for CCLS and developed a number of programmes away from London, including: a CCLS LLM in Paris; a double LLM programme in Paris with the Sorbonne; a double LLM programme with Singapore Management University, and an executive LLM in shipping in Piraeus.

Under his leadership CCLS has added new areas to its teaching and research specialisms with shipping, energy, insurance, art, regulation, and language and the law now amongst its offerings. A new MBA/LLMA with ESCP Europe, a Masters in Compliance and Regulation, and a distance learning MBA with the University of London has also been developed.

Prior to his appointment as Head of CCLS Professor Maniatis oversaw, as LLM Director, the successful transition of our offerings from the University of London intercollegiate LLM to a QMUL LLM.

The third edition of his work on the development of trade mark law in Europe came out in 2016.

He has worked closely with the IP professions contributing to the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.


Research Interests:

His research interests cover international trade, the history of jurisprudence of trade mark and unfair competition law, intellectual property in China, and the interface between competition and trade mark law.

Works in progress include a book on competition and trade marks and an edited volume on intellectual property and competition in China (OUP).



  • Trade Marks in Europe (3rd ed.) with D. Botis, A. von Mühlendahl, and I. Wiseman.
    Oxford University Press, 2016. Reviewed in:
    107(3) The Trademark Reporter 2017, 797:
    “An excellent desk reference, this treatise would be a valuable addition to any intellectual property library.”
    Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 2016, 11(11), 867.
  • Trade Marks in Europe: A Practical Jurisprudence, (2nd ed.) with D. Botis.
    Sweet and Maxwell, 2010. Reviewed in:
    European Intellectual Property Law Review 2010, 32(7), 368:
    “It is this combination of comprehensive coverage and in depth analysis that makes this book such a valuable research tool. This is European Union trade mark law in all its diversity presented at its best.”
  • Trade Marks in Europe: A Practical Jurisprudence.
    Sweet and Maxwell, 2006. Reviewed in:
    European Intellectual Property Review 2007, 29(6), 256; Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Journal 2007, 36(7), 409
    97(5) The Trademark Reporter 2007, 1215
    The book examines how the European Court of Justice interprets and applies European trade mark law. It considers its development from basic principles, through unfair competition and free movement of goods cases, to the creation of the Community Trade Mark and makes a comparison with the jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the first book that tackles the topic from historical, jurisprudential, and comparative angles.
  • Domain Names: Global Policy and Procedure, with J.R. Olsen, N. Wood, and D. Zografos
    West & Sweet & Maxwell, 2000. Reviewed in:
    European Intellectual Property Review 2003, 25(6), 287;
    Business Law Review, 2001, 22(11), 255.
    A multi-jurisdictional work, in two volumes, that reviews how domain names are assigned and regulated. It covers generic top level domains and country code domains. Updates are published twice yearly. It has been the first of its kind and is now the standard work for practitioners; widely cited worldwide including the two established works on trade mark law in the USA (McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition and Callmann on Monopolies, Trademarks and Unfair Competition).
  • Perspectives on Intellectual Property (Vol. 4): Intellectual Property and Ethics, with L. Bently (eds).
    Sweet & Maxwell, 1998. Reviewed in:
    European Intellectual Property Review (2000), 22(4), 189.
    Chapters in this edited volume – in particular A. Barron’s “Author-ity, Property and Aboriginal Art”, K.Bowry’s “Ethical Boundaries and Internet Cultures”, and R. Burrel’s “A Case Study in Cultural Imperialism: The Imposition of Copyright on China” – have contributed to the development of legal theory in the field of intellectual property.
  • Trade Marks, Trade Names, and Unfair Competition World Law and Practice, with J.R. Olsen and C. Garrigues.
    Sweet & Maxwell (FT Law & Tax), 1996. Reviewed in:
    European Intellectual Property Review 1997, 19(7), 390;
    87 Trademark Reporter 342 (1997);
    Trademark World November/December 1997, 22.
    A comprehensive multi-jurisdictional work in three volumes; it provides information and commentary on unfair competition and trade mark law and practice of one hundred and eighty jurisdictions. It also covers current case law developments. Updates are published three times yearly. The project took three years to develop from initial idea to publication. Its key advantages are the use of a common format and the equal coverage provided for all the jurisdictions. It is one of the two major works in this field globally; cited by McCarthy and Callmann.

Refereed articles

  • Red soles, gas bottles and ethereal market places: competition, context and trade mark law”, with V. Liakatou, in: European Intellectual Property Law Review 2012, 34(1), 1-3.
  • “The Max Planck Study on the European Trade Mark System: a Critical Summary”, in: Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 2011, 1(2), 163–183
  • “Lego - Building a European Concept of Functionality”, with V. Liakatou, in: European Intellectual Property Law Review 2010, 32(12), 653-656
  • “Whither European Trade Mark Law? Arsenal and Davidoff: The Creative Disorder Stage”, in 7 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review 99-147 (2003)
  • “Trade Mark Law and Domain Names – Back to Basics?”, in European Intellectual Property Law Review 2002, 24(8), 397-408
  • “Trade Mark Rights – A Justification Based on Property”, in Intellectual Property Quarterly 2002, 2, 123-171
  • “Shapes as Trade Marks: Public Policy, Functional Considerations and Consumer Perception”,  with A. Firth and E. Gredley, in European Intellectual Property Law Review 2001, 23(2), 86-99
  • “Parody, A Fatal Attraction? Part I - The Nature of Parody and its Treatment in Copyright”, with E. Gredley, in European Intellectual Property Review 1997, 19(7), 339-344. Cited with approval by the Constitutional Court of South Africa in: Laugh It Off Promotions v. South African Breweries Int. (27 May 2005), available at:
  • “Parody, A Fatal Attraction? Part II – Trademark Parodies”, with E. Gredley, in European Intellectual Property Review 1997, 19(8), 412-420
  • “A Quixotic Raid against the Tobacco Mill of Advertising”, with A. Kamperman-Sanders, in European Intellectual Property Review 1997, 19(5), 237-242.

Chapters in books

  • “Property Rights in Brand Image: The Contribution of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal to the Free-Riding Theory of Trade Mark Protection”, in EUIPO (ed), 20 years of the Boards of Appeal at EUIPO, Anniversary Book, Celebrating the Past, Looking Forward to the Future, Alicante, 2017 (co-authored with A.G. Chronopoulos)
  • “Trade Mark Exhaustion and its Interface with EU Competition Law”, in I. Calboli, E. Lee (eds), Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Exhaustion and Parallel Imports, Elgar, 2016, 343-367
  • “Personality Endorsement and Character Merchandising: A Sparkle of Unfair Competition in English Law”, in N. Lee, G. Westkamp, A. Kur, A. Ohly (eds), Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and Publicity – Convergences and Development, Elgar, 2014, 97-117
  • “Trade Marks, Brands, and Competition”, with J. Davis, in T. da Silva Lopes, P. Duguid (eds), Trade Marks, Brands, and Competitiveness, Routledge, 2010, 119-138
  • “Co-Branding”, with S. Schwarzkopf, in I. Simon, Sharing Names, I. Simon (ed), Elgar, 2009, 155-171
  • “Post Sale Effects of a Trade Mark: Conceptual Necessity or a Gift to Trade Mark Proprietors?”, in G. Westkamp (ed.), Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property; Trade, Technology and Market Freedom Essays in Honour of Herschel Smith, Elgar, 2007, 176-188
  • “Trade Mark Use on the Internet”, in J. Philips and I. Simon (eds), Trade Mark Use, Oxford University Press, 2005, 263-279
  • “Competition and the Economics of Trade Marks”, in A. Sterling (ed.), Perspectives on Intellectual Property (Vol. 2): Intellectual Property & Market Freedom, Sweet & Maxwell, 1997, 63-131
  • “Distinctive Signs and Early Markets: Europe, Africa and Islam” with I.M. Azmi and B. Sodipo, in A. Firth (ed.), Perspectives on Intellectual Property (Vol. 1) The Prehistory and Development of Intellectual Property Systems, Sweet & Maxwell, 1997, 123-159
  • “Scents as Trade Marks: Propertisation of Scents and Olfactory Poverty”, in L. Bently and L. Flynn (eds), Law and the Senses: Sensational Jurisprudence, Pluto Press, 1996, 217- 236. Cited with approval in: C-273/00, Ralf Sieckmann v. Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt [2001] ECR I-117370, ECJ.


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