Marshall  Leaffer

Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law and University Fellow

Maurer School of Law

Indiana University, Bloomington

Law Building 327
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 856-4489

Website: Indiana University faculty page

Issues: Copyright and Trademark and Intellectual Property

About Marshall Leaffer

Marshall Leaffer is the Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law and University Fellow at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and is an internationally known intellectual property law scholar. He teaches copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property survey, and international intellectual property. His current research focuses on the interplay of intellectual property law in a global marketplace.

Professor Leaffer is the author of three books and numerous articles, including the best-selling treatise, Understanding Copyright Law (2010), now in its fifth edition. He is also the author of Copyright Law: Cases and Materials (8th ed. 2010) and International Treaties on Intellectual Property (2nd ed. 1997). 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. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).

Professor Leaffer was formerly the Anderson-Fornoff Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. 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.


M.S.ES., New York University, 1977
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1971
M.A., University of Illinois, 1968
B.A., University of Texas, 1964

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