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About Lisa P. Ramsey

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 major publications include "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.