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Dev Gangjee joined Oxford in 2013 as an Associate Professor in Intellectual Property within the Law Faculty as well as a Tutorial Fellow at St Hilda's College. Prior to this, he was a senior lecturer at the London School of Economics. Dev is a graduate of the National Law School of India and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has acted in an advisory capacity for national governments, law firms, international organisations and the European Commission on IP issues.

Dev's research focuses on Intellectual Property (IP), with a special emphasis on Branding and Trade Marks, Geographical Indications and Copyright law. Additional research interests include the history and political economy of IP, collective and open innovation, and the interface between IP and theories of development. He is an Academic Member of the Oxford IP Research Centre and a Research Affiliate with IP Osgoode, Canada. He is also an Editorial Board member of the Modern Law Review.


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  • D S Gangjee, 'Proving Provenance? Geographical Indications Certification and its Ambiguities' (2016) World Development (forthcoming)
    With their historic links to a specific region, GIs are increasingly valued for their endogenous development potential. But precisely what does legal recognition as a GI guarantee? Drawing on the EU's registration system as a model, this paper investigates the certification of provenance and authenticity by public authorities. Recent empirical findings reveal that considerable flexibility exists within the certification process, which permits the loosening of linkages to a region and dilutes the certification guarantee. The present over-reliance on the system’s ability to certify could be usefully remedied if greater attention is paid to the individual product specification design.
  • D S Gangjee, 'Geographical Indications and Cultural Rights: The Intangible Cultural Heritage Connection?' in Christophe Geiger (ed), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar 2015)
    Can the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) – signs which indicate the regional provenance of products such as Prosciutto di Parma, Darjeeling and Cognac – be integrated within a cultural rights framework? Since there has been recent interest in GIs as a potential vector for achieving cultural heritage goals, this suggests an affinity with cultural rights. To develop this line of enquiry, this chapter focuses on two threshold issues: (1) To what extent can the notion of cultural heritage act as a bridge or link between GI and cultural rights protection paradigms? (2) Alternatively, moving beyond a conventional human rights framework, are there parallels between GIs and the notion of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) – as recognised in international legal instruments by UNESCO in particular – which could be more fruitfully developed?
  • G B Dinwoodie and D S Gangjee, 'The Image of the Consumer in European Trade Mark Law' in Dorota Leczykiewicz and Steve Weatherill (eds), The Image(s) of the Consumer in EU Law (Hart 2015)
    This chapter contributes to a book on the image of the consumer in EU law by exploring the role of the average consumer in European trade mark law. There is in fact a variable concept of the consumer within European trade mark law and the chapter first sets itself the task of mapping these variations. We suggest that for structural reasons European trade mark law may be compelled to work with a differentiated concept of the consumer. However these variations should be approached relationally, with an awareness of the points of difference and their basis. In particular, we suggest that most efforts by courts to identify or construct consumers and the marketplace they inhabit are blended exercises that are part-empirical and part-normative. Explicitly recognising this blend will, we believe, enable a richer debate about the role played by the consumer in European trade mark law and the evidence or considerations to which courts might have regard. It also allows us to explore whether trade mark law in Europe ought — either to achieve its own objectives or to contribute to the broader European project — to adopt an approach to the consumer that is more empirically or normatively grounded as required by the legal context and whether different national courts are (despite different methodological traditions that survive European harmonisation) converging on a common approach to the ‘trade mark consumer’.
  • D S Gangjee, 'Trade Mark Dilution in India' in Daniel Bereskin (ed), International Trademark Dilution (Thomson Reuters 2015)
  • D S Gangjee, 'Spanish Champagne: An Unfair Competition Approach to GI Protection' in R.C. Dreyfuss & J. C. Ginsburg (ed), Intellectual Property at the Edge: The Contested Contours of IP (CUP, Cambridge 2014)
  • D S Gangjee, 'Property in Brands: The Commodification of Conversation' in H. Howe and J. Griffiths (eds), Property Concepts in Intellectual Property Law (CUP, Cambridge 2013)
  • D S Gangjee, 'Copyright: India' in P E Geller (ed), International Copyright Law and Practice (Lexis: Matthew Bender- 2012)
    [Annual contribution] Formerly by S. Ramiah
  • D S Gangjee, 'Cultural Heritage and Geographical Indications ' (2012) 4 WIPO Journal 92
  • D S Gangjee, 'Overlaps between Trade Marks and Geographical Indications' in N. Wilkoff and S. Basheer (eds), Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (OUP, Oxford 2012)
  • D S Gangjee, Relocating the Law of Geographical Indications (CUP, Cambridge 2012)
  • D S Gangjee, 'Demerara Sugar: A Bitter Pill to Swallow? ' (2011) 24 Intellectual Property Journal 1
  • D S Gangjee and Robert Burrell, 'Because Youre Worth It: LOreal and the Prohibition on Free Riding ' (2010) 71 Modern Law Review 282
  • D S Gangjee, 'Non-Conventional Trade Marks in India' (2010) 22 National Law School of India Review 67
  • D S Gangjee and Robert Burrell, 'Trade Marks and Freedom of Expression: A Call for Caution ' (2010) 41 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 544
  • D S Gangjee and David Higgins, 'Trick or Treat? The Misrepresentation of American Beef Exports to Britain in the Late Nineteenth Century ' (2010) 11 Enterprise and Society 203
  • D S Gangjee, '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)
  • D S Gangjee, '(Re)Locating Geographical Indications: A Response to Bronwyn Parry' in L. Bently, J. Davis and J. Ginsburg (eds), Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique (CUP, Cambridge 2008)
  • D S Gangjee, 'Geographical Indications and Human Rights' in Paul Torremans (ed), Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Kluwer, The Hague 2008)
  • D S Gangjee, 'The Polymorphism of Trade Mark Dilution in India ' (2008) 17 Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 611
  • D S Gangjee, 'Quibbling Siblings: Conflicts between Trade Marks and GIs ' (2007) 82 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1253
  • D S Gangjee, 'Say Cheese: A Sharper Image of Generic Use through the Lens of Feta' (2007) European Intellectual Property Review 172
  • D S Gangjee, 'Melton Mowbray and the GI Pie in the Sky: Exploring Cartographies of Protection' (2006) Intellectual Property Quarterly 291


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