Lisa Pondrom Ramsey
niversity of San Diego 
School of Law
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Twitter: @LPRamsey

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. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and Victoria University of Wellington in 2017. Before joining the USD faculty in 2004, Professor Ramsey 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 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Professor Ramsey’s scholarship focuses on the potential conflict between trademark and free speech rights, and explains how trademark protection of inherently valuable words, symbols, and product features can harm fair competition and freedom of expressionHer publications include "Protectable Trademark Subject Matter in Common Law Countries and the Problem with Flexibility" in The Cambridge Handbook of International and Comparative Trademark Law (Irene Calboli & Jane Ginsburg eds., Cambridge University Press 2020); "Using Failure to Function Doctrine to Protect Free Speech and Competition in Trademark Law" in the Iowa Law Review Online (2020); "Non-Traditional Trademarks and Inherently Valuable Expression" in The Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks (Irene Calboli & Martin Senftleben eds., Oxford University Press 2018); "Free Speech Challenges to Trademark Law After Matal v. Tam" in the Houston Law Review (2018); "A Free Speech Right to Trademark Protection?" in The Trademark Reporter (2016); "Reconciling Trademark Rights and Free Expression Locally and Globally" in International Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Daniel J. Gervais ed. 2015); "Mechanisms for Limiting Trade Mark Rights to Further Competition and Free Speech" in the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (2013) (coauthored with University of Copenhagen Professor Jens Schovsbo); "Free Speech and International Obligations to Protect Trademarks" in the Yale Journal of International Law (2010); "Brandjacking on Social Networks: Trademark Infringement by Impersonation of Markholders" in the Buffalo Law Review (2010); "Increasing First Amendment Scrutiny of Trademark Law" in the Southern Methodist University Law Review (2008); "First Amendment Limitations on Trademark Rights" in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Peter K. Yu ed. 2007); and "Intellectual Property Rights in Advertising" in the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (2006). Her article "Descriptive Trademarks and the First Amendment" in the Tennessee Law Review (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.