Home | USD Class Information | IP Survey | Trademark Law | IP Info

Professor Lisa P. Ramsey

Ramsey/Lisa_Ramsey_2009_Web_02.jpg

  Lisa Pondrom Ramsey

  Professor of Law

  University of San Diego School of Law
  5998 Alcala Park
  San Diego, CA 92110-2492
  619-260-7977
  lramsey@sandiego.edu

      
Lisa Ramsey is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of trademark law, intellectual property, and international intellectual property.  Before joining the faculty in 2004, she was an intellectual property litigation associate for four years at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) in San Diego.  She graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law and was a judicial law clerk for Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.  In spring 2011, Professor Ramsey was a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne where she did research on Australian trademark and media law.
    
Professor Ramsey’s current scholarship and research focuses on the potential conflict between trademark and free speech rights in national and international laws.  Her article "Free Speech and International Obligations to Protect Trademarks" was published in the Yale Journal of International Law in 2010.  Professor Ramsey has also recently written about the unauthorized use of trademarks on sites such as Facebook or Twitter in "Brandjacking on Social Networks: Trademark Infringement by Impersonation of Markholders", which was published in the Buffalo Law Review as part of a symposium on Advertising and the Law.  In 2013, the prestigious European peer-reviewed journal International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law published her article "Mechanisms for Limiting Trade Mark Rights to Further Competition and Free Speech" (coauthored with University of Copenhagen Professor Jens Schovsbo), which compares how Europe and the United States balance trademark rights against other public interests, and proposes certain legislative reforms of domestic trademark laws.
  
Professor Ramsey's other recent publications include the law review articles "Increasing First Amendment Scrutiny of Trademark Law", 61 Southern Methodist University Law Review 381 (2008); "Intellectual Property Rights in Advertising", 12 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 189 (2006), and the book chapter "First Amendment Limitations on Trademark Rights" in volume three of Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age 147 (Peter Yu ed. 2007).  Her article "Descriptive Trademarks and the First Amendment", 70 Tennessee Law Review 1095 (2003), was judged by the editor of the Intellectual Property Law Review (Karen B. Tripp ed. 2004) to be one of the best intellectual property law review articles of 2003.  An abbreviated version of her CV is below.
      
EXPERIENCE

University of San Diego School of Law
Professor of Law, 2009 to present 
Associate Professor of Law, 2006 to 2009
Assistant Professor of Law, 2004 to 2006
Courses: Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Survey, International Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Seminar
 
 
Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne
Visiting Scholar
Feb. & Mar. 2011
    
Law Offices of Lisa P. Ramsey
San Diego, CA
2003 to 2004
 
Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now
DLA Piper
)
Associate in Intellectual Property Litigation Group
San Diego, CA
1997 to 2002
 
United States District Court
Eastern District of Virginia
Judicial Law Clerk for the
Hon. Rebecca Beach Smith
Norfolk, VA
1996 to 1997
 
EDUCATION

UCLA School of Law
J.D. 1996
Order of the Coif, UCLA Law Review
 
UCLA
B.A. 1993
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, UCLA Advertising Club
    
PUBLICATIONS
  
Reconciling Trademark Rights and Free Expression Locally and Globally, in Handbook of International Intellectual Property (Daniel Gervais ed., forthcoming 2014)  
 
   
Book Review: Australian Trade Mark Law by Robert Burrell and Michael Handler, 16 Media & Arts Law Review 218 (2011)     
      
       
     
    
     
Descriptive Trademarks and the First Amendment, 70 Tenn. L. Rev. 1095 (2003), reprinted in 36 Intellectual Property Law Review 271 (Karen B. Tripp ed., 2004) (judging this article to be one of the best intellectual property law articles of 2003)
  
Predicting the Unpredictable under Rule 11(b)(3): When are Allegations “Likely” to Have Evidentiary Support? 43 UCLA L. Rev. 1393 (1996)
         
PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS    
      
Commentator, UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium Workshop, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 10, 2013) (invited commentator on paper Flexible Copyright: Can EU Author’s Right Accommodate Fair Use? by Bernt Hugenholtz and Martin Senftleben)
   
Reconciling Trademark Rights and Free Speech Locally and Globally
  • Junior Faculty Workshop, University of San Diego School of Law (Feb. 3, 2014)
  • Presentation, Thirteenth Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University (Aug. 9, 2013)
  • Presentation, 32nd Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), University of Oxford, U.K. (June 25, 2013)
  • Presentation, Second International Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, University of San Diego School of Law (April 19, 2013)
Presentation, Trademark Defenses in the Internet Domain Name Space, Conference on International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law, Arizona State University (Nov. 30, 2012) 
   
An Impersonation Theory of Trademark Law  
  • Presentation, Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable on Intellectual Property and the Constitution, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Sept. 29, 2012) 
  • Presentation, Twelfth Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School (Aug. 9, 2012)
  • Presentation, Second Internet Law Works-in-Progress Symposium, New York Law School (March 23, 2012)
  • Presentation, 2012 Works-In-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, University of Houston School of Law (Feb. 20, 2012)
Mechanisms for Limiting Trade Mark Rights to Further Competition and Free Speech  (with coauthor Jens Schovsbo) 
  • Presentation, Trademark Works-in-Progress Colloquium, American University Washington College of Law (Sept. 7, 2012) 
  • Presentation, First International Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Marquette University Law School (April 27, 2012)

Presentation, Trademark Year in Review, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar, Torrey Pines, CA (June 10, 2012)

   
Commentator, UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium Workshop, UCLA School of Law (Nov. 6, 2011) (invited commentator on paper Looking at the Lanham Act: Images in Trademark and Advertising Law by Rebecca Tushnet)
    
Presentation, Hot Topics in Trademark Law for Non-IP Attorneys, California State Bar Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA (Sept. 17, 2011)
   
Presentation, What the United States Can Learn From Australian Trade Mark Law,  Eleventh Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul University College of Law (Aug. 12, 2011)
     
Panelist, Technology, Social Media, and Liminal IP, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (June 5, 2011)
   
How Trademark Law Harms Free Speech and What To Do About It  
  • Presentation, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Australia (March 22, 2011)
  • Presentation, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (March 11, 2011)
Brandjacking on Social Networks: Trademark Infringement by Impersonation of Markholders(formerly titled Brandjacking on Social Networks: Confusion About the Source of Information or Advertising)  
  • Presentation, Baker & McKenzie, Sydney, Australia (March 17, 2011)
  • Presentation, Baker & McKenzie, Melbourne, Australia (March 15, 2011) 
  • Presentation, Boston Intellectual Property Colloquium, Boston College Law School (April 26, 2010)
  • Presentation, Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Drake University Law School (March 27, 2010)  
  • Guest Speaker, IP Innovations in Science and Technology Seminar, University of Washington School of Law (Nov. 16, 2009)
  • Presentation, Advertising and the Law Conference, co-sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the University of Buffalo Law School (Nov. 13, 2009) 
  • Presentation, Ninth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University (Aug. 6, 2009)
  • Presentation, 2009 International Workshop on Copyright Industries and Intellectual Property, South China University of Technology School of Law, Guangzhou, China (June 15, 2009)
  • Presentation, The Age of Digital Convergence: An East-West Dialogue on Law, Media and Technology, The University of Hong Kong (June 13, 2009)  
Presentation, Free Speech and Trademarks, Conference on Fundamental Rights and Private Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (May 31, 2010)
    
Free Speech and International Obligations to Protect Trademarks
  • Faculty Colloquium, University of San Diego School of Law (April 17, 2009)
  • Presentation, Seventh Annual Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law (April 7, 2009)
  • Presentation, 2008 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Tulane Law School (Oct. 4, 2008) 
  • Presentation, Eighth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School (Aug. 8, 2008)  
Commentator, User-Generated Content, Social Networking, and Virtual Worlds, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN (Nov. 14-15, 2008) (invited commentator on two papers)
   
Panelist, Intellectual Property vs. the First Amendment, Annual Intellectual Property Institute, State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section, Palm Desert, CA (Nov. 8, 2008)
     
Increasing First Amendment Scrutiny of Trademark Law
  • Faculty Colloquium, Hofstra Law School (April 14, 2008)
  • Faculty Colloquium, University of San Diego School of Law (Feb. 8, 2008)
  • Presentation, Trademark Dilution: Theoretical and Empirical Inquiries Symposium, Santa Clara University School of Law (Oct. 5, 2007)
  • Presentation, 2007 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Washington College of Law at American University (Sept. 28, 2007)
Presentation, What If There Were No First Amendment Distinction Between Commercial and Noncommercial Speech: Would Trademark Law Be Constitutional?, Fourth Annual Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program Symposium "What Ifs and Other Alternative Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Stories," Michigan State University College of Law (Mar. 31, 2007)
  
Intellectual Property Rights in Advertising
  • Presentation, 2005 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, co-sponsored by Washington University School of Law and St. Louis University School of Law (Oct. 7, 2005)
  • Faculty Colloquium, University of San Diego School of Law (Sept. 23, 2005)
  • Presentation, Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University (Aug. 12, 2005)
  • Presentation, Second Annual Intellectual Property and Communications Law and Policy Scholars Roundtable, Michigan State University College of Law (Feb. 18, 2005)

MEDIA APPEARANCES

  

Lydia DePillis, The color purple: Not just for Cadbury anymore, Washington Post Wonkblog (Oct. 4, 2013)

   

Jeff John Roberts, Rupert Murdoch's Wife Won't Get Twitter Handle Back Any Time Soon, paidContent: The Economics of Digital Content (Jan. 4, 2012) 

    

Social Work: How Can Brands Get The Most Out of Twitter, World Intellectual Property Review 12 (Sept/Oct 2011)

   

Jeff Roberts, Insurer sues Twitter imposter who cheers death, mayhem, Reuters (June 9, 2011)

 

Radio Interview by Damien Carrick, Brandjacking on Social Networks, The Law Report, ABC Radio National, Melbourne, Australia (March 29, 2011)