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Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oxford intellectual property scholar to deliver Smith lecture at IU Maurer School of Law

March 24, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An internationally renowned intellectual property scholar has been named the George P. Smith, II Distinguished Visiting Professor - Chair at the IU Maurer School of Law and will deliver a lecture here on April 6, 2010. Graeme Dinwoodie, Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, will speak at noon in the Law School's Moot Court Room. The title of his lecture is "Global Marks in Local Markets: Territoriality in EU and US Trademark Law." Dinwoodie's visit is part of a new initiative of the Center for Intellectual Property Research to bring distinguished international IP scholars to campus on a regular basis.

Graeme Dinwoodie

Graeme Dinwoodie

"The Smith Lecture draws on a distinction I have previously made between trademark law's intrinsic territoriality, and its political territoriality," Dinwoodie explained. "Markets are expanding beyond political boundaries, placing pressure on traditional territorial limitations on trademark rights. Yet local cultures and institutions persist, suggesting that those traditional limitations will remain important. The Lecture asks how these conflicting pressures may be reconciled, and looks to current EU and US trademark law for some potential, alternative, answers."

In addition to holding the IP Chair at Oxford, Dinwoodie is Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and a Professorial Fellow of St. Peter's College. Before joining the Oxford faculty, he was a Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has also previously taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and from 2005-2009 held a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Dinwoodie teaches and writes in all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on the international and comparative aspects of the discipline. He is the author of numerous books and articles, among them the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy, now in its Third Edition, which he co-authored with Mark D. Janis, JD'89, the Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law at Indiana Law. Professor Dinwoodie is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence in Trademark Law.

Dinwoodie holds a First Class Honors LL.B. degree from the University of Glasgow, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. He was the Burton Fellow in residence at Columbia Law School for 1988-89, working in the field of intellectual property law, and a John F. Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School for 1987-88.

The George P. Smith, II Distinguished Visiting Professor - Chair was established to enable the Law School to invite exceptional scholars to Bloomington year after year. Its benefactor, George P. Smith, II, JD'64, is Professor of Law at Catholic University of America Law School in Washington, DC. The lecture is free and open to the public.