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Marshall Leaffer

Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law and University Fellow
Contact Information
mleaffer[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 856-4489
Baier Hall 327
B.A. at University of Texas, 1964
M.A. at University of Illinois, 1968
J.D. at University of Texas, 1971
M.S.ES. at New York University, 1977
Copyright Law (B662)
Patent Law (B743)
Survey of Intellectual Property (B751)
Trademark @amp; Unfair Competition (B758)
Seminar in Intellectual Property (L730)
International Intellectual Property (B549)
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  • Associate, Haseltine Lake & Waters, New York 1976
  • Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1972-74
  • Attorney, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C., 1977-78
  • International Executive Committee, Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)

Professor Leaffer, formerly the Anderson-Fornoff Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, is an internationally known intellectual property law scholar. He received his JD at the University of Texas and his LLM in Trade Regulation at New York University Law School.

At Indiana since 1997, Leaffer teaches Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Survey, and International Intellectual Property. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, including the best-selling treatise, Understanding Copyright Law, now in its fifth edition. Leaffer is also the author of Copyright Law: Cases and Materials, 8th edition and International Treaties on Intellectual Property, 2d edition. His current research focuses on the interplay of intellectual property law in a global marketplace.

Before becoming a full-time teacher, he practiced trademark law with American Home Products Corp. and the firm of Haseltine Lake & Waters in New York. He also has served as attorney-advisor to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office.

Leaffer is a popular speaker in both the United States and Europe on all areas of intellectual property law, and has been honored as both a scholar and lecturer. He currently serves on the international executive committee of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, a non-governmental institution based in Paris, that promotes the rights of authors worldwide.

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