Lisa P. Ramsey
Professor of Law
- JD, 1996, University of California, Los Angeles
- BA, 1993, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas of Expertise
Professor Ramsey teaches and writes in the areas of trademark law, intellectual property and international intellectual property. Her current scholarship and research focuses on the potential conflict between trademark and free speech rights in national and international laws.
Ramsey was an intellectual property litigation associate for four years at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) in San Diego and was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. She joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2004.
Honors and Affiliations
Ramsey’s article, “Descriptive Trademarks and the First Amendment” in 70 Tennessee Law Review 1095 (2003), was judged by the editor of the Intellectual Property Law Review (Tripp, ed.) (West, 2004) to be one of the best intellectual property law review articles of 2003. She is a member of the Order of the Coif, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, and the International Trademark Association.
Ramsey's publications include “Reconciling Trademark Rights and Free Expression Locally and Globally” in International Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Gervais, ed.) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015); “Mechanisms for Limiting Trade Mark Rights to Further Competition and Free Speech” in 44 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 671 (with Schovsbo) (2013); “Brandjacking on Social Networks: Trademark Infringement by Impersonation of Markholders” in 58 Buffalo Law Review 851 (2010); “Free Speech and International Obligations to Protect Trademarks” in 35 Yale Journal of International Law 405 (2010); “Increasing First Amendment Scrutiny of Trademark Law” in 61 Southern Methodist University Law Review 381 (2008); “First Amendment Limitations on Trademark Rights” in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Yu, ed.) (Praeger, 2006); “Intellectual Property Rights in Advertising” in 12 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 189 (2006); and “Descriptive Trademarks and the First Amendment” in 70 Tennessee Law Review 1095 (2003).