J. Thomas McCarthy

Founding Director, McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Senior Professor

School of Law

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

(415) 422-6517


Website: University of San Francisco faculty profile

Issues: Copyright and Trademark, Intellectual Property and Privacy and Security

About J. Thomas McCarthy

Professor J. Thomas McCarthy is an internationally renowned authority on trademarks and unfair competition and on the rights of publicity. He is the founding director of USF's McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, which is named in his honor. He is the recipient of many distinguished awards; the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association named McCarthy the most influential trademark expert of the 20th century.

Professor McCarthy taught at the University of San Francisco for over 35 years. He is known for his many treatises and scholarly works, including the seven-volume treatise, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, which was published in its fourth edition in 1996, and which has been relied upon as an authority in over 1,300 judicial opinions. Professor McCarthy is also the author of the two-volume treatise, The Rights of Publicity and Privacy, and the reference book, McCarthy's Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property.

Professor McCarthy began his legal career in the Offices of Julian Caplan in San Francisco in 1963, joining the faculty at USF Law three years later. He was a member of the American Law Institute's advisory committee that drafted the 1995 Restatement of the law of Unfair Competition, and was a member of the Trademark Law Review Commission, which drafted the 1989 revisions to the Lanham Act. In addition, Professor McCarthy has lectured on a variety of legal issues in intellectual property and is a frequent speaker at scholarly symposia and conferences.


J.D., University of Michigan, 1963
B.S., University of Detroit,1960