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Chicago-Kent Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie honored by International Trademark Association for legal scholarship and teaching excellence

CHICAGO–June 6 , 2008--Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie, an associate dean and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at Chicago-Kent, has been honored by the International Trademark Association (INTA) for his work as an educator and for his legal scholarship.

Read Professor Dinwoodie's prize-winning article, Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law, on:

Professor Dinwoodie was named the recipient of the 2008 Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence. In addition, he and Professor Mark D. Janis of the University of Iowa College of Law received the 2008 Ladas Memorial Award for their law review article, Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law, published last year in the Iowa Law Review. The awards were presented May 17 at a black-tie gala held during INTA’s 130th Annual Meeting in Berlin.

The Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence was established by the law firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP and the INTA Foundation, in tribute to Chicago attorney Beverly W. Pattishall, to recognize educators in the business and legal fields for outstanding instruction in the trademark and trade identity field. The award is presented every four years to the university or graduate school professor “who best exemplifies the qualities of excellence and innovation in teaching subjects broadly related to trademarks and trade identity.”

The annual Ladas Memorial Award, established by the law firm of Ladas & Parry LLP and the INTA Foundation, is presented to the paper judged best on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affect trademarks. The award honors distinguished attorney and author Stephen P. Ladas’ outstanding contributions to intellectual property law. Ladas is the author of two major books on the subject of intellectual property, The International Protection of Literary and Artistic Property (1938) and Patents, Trademarks and Related Rights -- National and International Protection (1975). He also participated in the 1958 revision of the Paris Convention as a member of the United States delegation.

The award-winning law review article by professors Dinwoodie and Janis examined trademark use theory “which many scholars regard as fundamental to future policy debates over the scope of trademark protection.”

Professor Dinwoodie holds a First Class Honors LL.B. degree in Private Law 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.

A member of the Chicago-Kent faculty since 2000, Professor Dinwoodie teaches courses in Copyright Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Conflict of Laws and Civil Procedure. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent, he taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a three-time recipient of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 2001, Professor Dinwoodie was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar, and he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2003. He also holds a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of London, Queen Mary College. He is presently the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Dinwoodie is the co-author of four casebooks in the field, and his articles on various aspects of intellectual property law have appeared in several leading law reviews. He has served as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization on matters of private international law, to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on traditional knowledge questions, and as an advisor to the American Law Institute project on Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments in Intellectual Property Matters.

The International Trademark Association is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce. To learn more about the importance of trademarks, please visit

The Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Program is consistently ranked as one of the country’s top intellectual property programs, and has for the last few years been ranked as the top intellectual property law program in the Midwest. Chicago-Kent College of Law is the only American law school offering an LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law.



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