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About The McCarthy Institute

Connecting the world’s best IP professionals and brands

The McCarthy Institute is named after J. Thomas McCarthy, its Founding Director and world-renowned author of the multi-volume treatise, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, which has been cited in over 5,000 judicial opinions. Over the past decade, the McCarthy Institute has grown into a community of IP and branding professionals focused on the latest developments in trademark law, the technologies powering brand development, and the consumer behaviors that make up brand perception. The McCarthy Institute strives to develop a better understanding of the way that culturally transformative business trends shape the law and vice-versa.

The McCarthy Institute pursues original research, publishes peer-reviewed scholarship, sponsors industry events, and hosts an annual symposium that draws hundreds of the world’s top legal and branding professionals.

In 2018, the McCarthy Institute was relocated jointly in both the law and business schools at Golden Gate University in downtown San Francisco.

Directors

Prof. J. Thomas McCarthy

Prof. J. Thomas McCarthy

Founding Director
of The McCarthy Institute

Prof. David Franklyn

Prof. David Franklyn

Director, The McCarthy Institute, Professor of Law and Professor of Business at Golden Gate University

Board of Directors and Affiliated Scholars

Russell Pangborn

Russell Pangborn

Partner, Seed IP Law Group LLP

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Mechthild Esser Nemmers Professor of Marketing, Northwestern University

Elena Grimme

Elena Grimme

Associate General Counsel, Microsoft

David Bernstein

David Bernstein

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Laura Chapman

Laura Chapman

Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Gordon Humphreys

Gordon Humphreys

Chairperson of the Fifth Board of Appeal, EUIPO

Shari Diamond

Shari Diamond

Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University

David Hyman

David Hyman

Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

Isabella Cunningham

Isabella Cunningham

Professor of Marketing, The University of Texas at Austin

Johanna Dennis

Johanna Dennis

Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University

Marc Greenberg

Marc Greenberg

Professor of Law and Founding Director of the IP Law Center, Golden Gate University

William Gallagher

William Gallagher

Professor of Law, Faculty Chair, and Director of the IP Law Center, Golden Gate University

Samuel Ernst

Samuel Ernst

Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University

Sponsors

Top tier enterprises, law firms, and trademark organizations sponsor the McCarthy Institute.

Google
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd
Bereskin & Parr
Cooley
Debevoise & Plimpton
Drinker Biddle
Morrison Foerster
Fox Entertainment
Amazon
Sheppard Mullin
Covington & Burling LLP
Warner Bros
Keystone Strategy
Time Warner
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Hogan Lovells
INTA
Perkins Coie
Seed IP
EUIPO
Unitalen
Microsoft
Wanhuida Peksung
Golden Gate University
Fish & Richardson
MarkMonitor
Thomson West
Shapiro Cohen
Venable LLP
Analysis Group

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