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LLB, UAM, Madrid (1999);  LLM, Queen Mary, University of London (2002) [Herchel Smith Award and Sir Roy Goode Prize]; PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London (2009)


Major interests: Intellectual property law; legal theory; Evidence and legal history.

Jose is particularly interested in the history of intellectual property law. He is the Spanish national editor to the digital archive (together with Professor Xalabarder from the Universidad Oberta Catalunya (UOC) and Professor Casas Valles from the Universitat de Barcelona). This is a major reference work of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c.1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond, which can be accessed at Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer.

He is also involved in the following funded projects:

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Bellido, J. and Pottage, A. (2018). Lexical properties: Trademarks, dictionaries, and the sense of the generic. History of Science (Special Issue: Technologies of the law / law as technology) [Online]. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2017). The Constitution of Intellectual Property as an Academic Subject. Legal Studies [Online] 37:369-390. Available at:
Bellido, J. and Bowrey, K. (2017). Disney in Spain (1930–1935). Business History [Online]:1-31. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2016). Forensic Technologies in Music Copyright. Social and Legal Studies [Online] 25:441-459. Available at:
Bellido, J. and Kang, H. (2016). In Search of a Trade Mark: Search Practices and Bureaucratic Poetics. Griffith Law Review [Online]. Available at:
Bellido, J. and Macmillan, F. (2016). Music Copyright after Collectivisation. Intellectual Property Quarterly [Online] 2016:231-246. Available at:​.
Bellido, J. (2015). Toward a history of trade mark watching. Intellectual Property Quarterly 2015:130-152.
Bellido, J. (2015). Toward a History of Trademark Watching. Intellectual Property Quarterly 2015:130-152.
Bellido, J. (2014). Looking Right - the art of visual literacy in English copyright litigation. Law, Culture, and the Humanities [Online] 10:66-87. Available at:
Bellido, J. and Bowrey, K. (2014). From the Author to the Proprietor: Newspaper Copyright and The Times (1842-1956). Journal of Media Law [Online] 6:206-233. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2014). The Editorial Quest for International Copyright - 1886-1896. Book History [Online] 17:380-405. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2013). Popular Music and Copyright Law in the Sixties. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 40:570-595. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2013). The failure of a copyright action: Confidences in the papers of Nora Beloff. Media & Arts Law Review 18.
Book section
Bellido, J. (2017). King Features Syndicate v Kleeman. in: Bellido, J. ed. Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property Law. Hart Publishing. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2016). El Salvador and the Internationalisation of Copyright. in: Alexander, I. and Gomez Arostegui, T. eds. Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law. Edward Elgar, pp. 313-334.
Bellido, J. (2016). Sobre la crítica del derecho en el Reino Unido [On the critique of law in the United Kingdom]. in: Martyniuk, C. and Seccia, O. eds. La pasión de la cabeza: Crítica y nostalgia. Buenos Aires: Prometeo.
Bellido, J. (2016). Codified Anxieties: Literary Copyright in Mid-Nineteenth Century Spain. in: Alexander, I. and Gomez Arostegui, T. eds. Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law. Edward Elgar, pp. 423-443.
Bellido, J. (2014). Flamenco Music in Copyright Historiography. in: Bowrey, K. and Handler, M. eds. Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise. Cambridge University Press. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2014). Las huellas de Pierre Legendre en Enrique Mari. in: Seccia, O. and Martinyuk, C. eds. Critica y Estilos de Insumisión. Buenos Aires: Prometeo.
Edited book
Bellido, J. ed. (2017). Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property. [Online]. Oxford: Hart Publishing. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2017). Book Review. Legal Studies [Online] 37:186-189. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2016). Teilmann-Lock's The Object of Copyright: A Conceptual History of Originals and Copies in Literature, Art and Design. European Intellectual Property Review 38:126-127.
Bellido, J. (2016). 'Sam Ricketson's The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. A Commentary(OUP, 2015)'. IP Law Book Review [Online] 7:10-26. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2016). Book Review: What's Wrong with Copying? Intellectual Property Journal:289-294.
Bellido, J. (2015). Sean Bottomley's The British Patent System during the Industrial Revolution 1700-1852. King's Law Journal:.-.
Bellido, J. (2015). Publication review, Popular Music Matters. Essays in Honour of Simon Frith. Entertainment Law Review 26:69-70.
Bellido, J. (2014). Suthersanen and Gendreau's A Shifting Empire: 100 Years of the Copyright Act 1911. Queen Mary Intellectual Property Review 4:100-104.
Bellido, J. (2014). Foxton's The Life of Thomas E. Scrutton. Law Quarterly Review:.
Bellido, J. (2014). Howe and Griffiths' Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property. Birkbeck Law Review 2:.
Bellido, J. (2013). Birnhack's Colonial Copyright: Intellectual Property in Mandate Palestine. Law and History Review 31:.
Conference or workshop item
Bellido, J. and Bowrey, K. (2014). Mickey in Europe: Merchandising opportunities and trade mark struggles. in: Spanish Economic History Association and UAM University.
Bellido, J. (2014). The history of copyright ownership at The Times.
Bellido, J. (2014). Authorising Copies: Copyright at the Tate Gallery.
Bellido, J. (2014). Flamenco in Copyright Historiography. in: pp. 170-194. Available at:
Bellido, J. (2013). Music and Digitisation: Intellectual Property, Cultural Commons and Ontological Politics.
Bellido, J., Pottage, A. and Weizman, I. (2013). Architectural Copyright and Forensic Expertise.
Bellido, J. (2013). La diplomatie de la propriété intellectuelle.
Bellido, J. et al. (2013). Organiser of the panel "Scientific and legal knowledges: contexts, motifs, terrains". in: The Association of Law, Culture, Humanities Annual Conference.
Bellido, J. (2013). Contributors' cheques and Copyright Assignments: Freelancing at The Times (1950s).
Bellido, J. (2012). Learning Spaces- the Courtroom.
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Teaching and Supervision


LW801 Intellectual Property (Postgraduate)
LW556 Intellectual Property (Undergraduate) 
LW316 Foundations of Property (Undergraduate)


Jose is happy to supervise research students in the areas of intellectual property law, breach of confidence and defamation.

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Other Academic Activities

Appointments and other Activities

2017-2021. Member of the Governing Board, ISHTIP- International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.
2017. The Strong Museum of Play (Rochester, New York). Visiting Fellow.
2016. Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
2016-  Reviewer for SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation)
2014-  Member of the Newton Fund - Social Sciences Panel (British Council)
2014-  Assessor for ANEP (agencia nacional de evaluación y prospectiva), Spain ? Ramón y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva grants-  (declined)
2013-  “Virtual Museum- Intellectual Property”- Cambridge University (2013) at CIPL [curator with Lionel Bently and Gaenor Moore]
2012-   Assessor for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) fund applications in Law (Spain, Ministry of Science)

External Funding and Awards

2017-2022. European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (‘Patents as Scientific Information 1895-2020’); project leader Prof. Hemmungs-Wirten from Linkoeping University.
2016-2017. AHRC- Create- University of Glasgow, Research Grant (‘Oral History of Intellectual Property’) [with Prof Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge).
2013-2015  AHRC- Evolution in music publishing: economic strategies, business models and copyrights [co-investigator] [with Professor Towse (Bournemouth), Professor Macmillan (Birkbeck) and Professor Borghi (Bournemouth)
2014-  Swiss National Science Foundation and Birkbeck School of Law- Conference funding: Evaluations: Cases, Experiments and Models as tools of appropriations and Valuation (University of Lucerne, June 2014) [co-organiser with Hyo Kang]
2014- Birkbeck Institute of Humanities, Conference Funding- críticas: Argentinean Legal Theory in the Twenty First Century [co-organiser with Hannah Franzki]
2010-2012- ALAI-ALADDA, UOC (Barcelona, Spain)- Research funding: Primary Sources of Copyright (Spain)
2010- 1st Prize- Fundacion Arte y Derecho- Best publication on Art & Law- Madrid- Artistic Evidence & Copyright [with Gomez and Arroyo]
2004- Stipendiat, Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum, Munich (Germany)
2003-2006- Ronnie Warrington Scholarship, Birkbeck College, University of London
2003-T he Arts & Humanities Research Board, Award, United Kingdom
2002- Sir Roy Goode Prize for outstanding academic achievement, QM, University of London
2001-2002- Herchel Smith Scholarship, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
1999- Socrates Scholarship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain (Fellowship)

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