|Maria Isabella Leone is Assist. Prof. in Innovation at the Dep. of Business and Management of LUISS. She is a member of the Experts Group in Intellectual Property (IP) Evaluation, appointed by the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office (UIBM). She also acts as the Co-Director of the Executive Master in Open Innovation and IP, sponsored by UIBM. She has been lecturer on innovation and IP on behalf of several institutions, such as LUISS Business School and the University of Bologna, within executive, MBA, and specialized programs. She obtained her PhD in Management from the University of Bologna in 2008 with a doctoral thesis on "Technology Acquisition through Patent Licensing: Implications for Firm's Strategy". She earned a master degree cum laude in Economics and Business from LUISS in 2004. Her research specializes on licensing as a catalyst for technological learning and invention activity. On these topics she has published in top journals and international books. She was awarded a number of prizes in the field of innovation management.