Lars S. Smith

Professor and Samuel J. Stallings Professor of Law

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Professor Lars S. Smith holds the Samuel J. Stallings Chair in Law at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Smith teaches in the areas of intellectual property, business and commercial law. His courses include Intellectual Property Survey, Trademark Law, Business Planning, Law and Economics, Property, and Secured Transactions. Professor Smith is particularly interested in helping students build practice skills, and so incorporates various practice based exercises in his Trademark Law and Business Planning courses.

In 2012 Professor Smith received the University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching. In 2011, Professor Smith received a Fulbright Scholarship Award to teach at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, where he taught Chinese Masters of Law students about U.S. intellectual property law. Professor Smith is the faculty advisor to the Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic, and was the initial Interim Director to the law school's first law clinic.

Professor Smith's scholarship focuses on issues related to intellectual property, commercial law and technology. Smith's article Trade Distinctiveness: Solving Scalia's Tertium Quid Trade Dress Conundrum, was selected as one of the leading intellectual property articles by the Intellectual Property Law Review in 2006. His other work has focused on the challenge of applying existing intellectual property legal structures on new technologies. Professor Smith is currently working on issues of intellectual property and cloud computing, as well as Commerce Clause limitations on intellectual property legislation. In his article RFID and Other Embedded Technologies: Who Owns the Data, Smith looked at the emerging tracking technology of radio frequency identification, and what property rights exist in automatically generated data contained on RFID chips. In a follow up article, RFID in the Supply Chain: Panacea or Pandora's Box?, co-authored with Dr. Brian L. Dos Santos, the Frazier Family Professor of Computer Information Systems, Smith and Dos Santos explored the effect of these current legal rules on the use of radio frequency identification in the product supply chain. Professor Smith's book, Mastering Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, co-written with Professor Llewellyn Gibbons from the University of Toledo, is forthcoming from Carolina Academic Press in 2013.

Prior to joining the Faculty at University of Louisville, Professor Smith worked as a corporate and intellectual property lawyer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Courses Taught

Business Planning
Business Torts
Creativity and Innovation Clinic
Federal Trademark Registration Practice
Intellectual Property Negotiation
Law and Economics
Property I
Property II
Right of Publicity
Secured Transactions
Trademark Law

Publications

Recent publications

Mastering Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (Carolina Academic Press 2013) (co-authored with Prof. Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons).  

 

"Trademark Law," in Franchising: Cases, Materials, and Problems 27-88 (American Bar Association, forthcoming 2013) 

 

"Trade Secret Law," in Franchising: Cases, Materials, and Problems 147-183 (American Bar Association, forthcoming 2013) 

 

"Trademark Law", in 3 The Handbook of Technology Management 823-41 (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010) (Hosein Bidgoli, ed.).


RFID in the Supply Chain: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? 51 Communications of the ACM 127-131 (2008) (co-authored with Dr. Brian L. Dos Santos).

 

"Distinctive Designs and Functional Products: Limitations on the Protection of Trade Dress under Trademark Law," in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth 323-44 (Praeger, December 2007) 

 

RFID and Embedded Technology: Who Owns the Data? 22 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L. J.695-757 (2006).

Presentations

IP, Commerce Clause and The Affordable Care Act Case
Fifth Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law 

Glen Arbor, Michigan, May 2013


SOPA and PIPA: What's All the Fuss?
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
Wuhan, China, December 2012

 

Intellectual Property and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
Wuhan, China, December 2012

 

Boundaries of Patent Liability and Cloud Computing
Searching for the Boundaries of Intellectual Property Law Conference
Hong Kong University
Hong Kong, December 2012

 

SOPA and PIPA: What's All the Fuss?
Northwest University of Politics and Law
Xi'an, China, December 2012

 

Intellectual Property and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Northwest University of Politics and Law
Xi'an, China, December 2012

 

Patents and Cloud Computing
4th Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law
University of Turku, Turku, Finland, May 2012

Patents and Cloud Computing
2012 IPR Nanhu Forum: International Conference on "Intellectual Property Rights: System Improvement and Industrial Development"
Shenzhen, P.R. China, May 2012

Patents and Cloud Computing
2012 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable
Drake University Law School
Des Moines, IA, March 2012

Patents and Cloud Computing
UNH Law School
Concord, NH, September 2011

IP and Cloud Computing
Louisville Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
Louisville, KY, September 2011

Intellectual Property and US/China Relations
University of Science and Technology of China
Hefei, P.R. China, June 2011

Intellectual Property and US Foreign Policy
Wuhan University
Wuhan, P.R. China, April 2011

Intellectual Property and US/China Relations
United International College
Zhuhai, P.R. China, April 2011

Updating the Remedies Sections of the Lanham Act
The University of Louisville Law Review Symposium on Intellectual Property Law
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, November 2010

The Role of Exclusive IP Rights in Research
Climate Change And Intellectual Property Rights Conference
Sønderborg, Denmark, May 2010

The Role of Exclusive IP Rights in Research
2010 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable,
Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA, March 2010

Basic Property Law Issues
Legal Aid Society of Louisville
Louisville, KY, March 2010

University and Community Service

Professional

Association of American Law Schools, Privacy and Defamation Section Chair 2005

 

University

University Faculty Grievance Committee 2012-13

Provost's Budget Advisory Committee 2008-2013

New Ideas Sub-committee of Provost's Budget Advisory Committee 2009

 

Law School

Chair, Law School Student Grievance Committee 2012-13

Fellow, The Brandeis Partners for Justice Fellowship, Legal Aid Society of Louisville 2010

Chair, Clinic Director Hiring Committee 2008

Co-Chair, Law School Strategic Planning Committee 2006-2007