• Mary LaFrance
    Mary LaFrance, IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law, joined the faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law in 1999. She received her J.D. with High Honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1986, where she served as Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy from the Duke University School of Graduate Studies in 1986. After clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Professor LaFrance practiced for three years with the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 1990, Professor LaFrance joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Law, where she taught intellectual property, taxation, and entertainment law, and also served on the faculty of the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. Professor LaFrance has authored numerous book chapters as well as six books: Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 4th ed. 2012) (with David Lange, Gary Myers, and Lee Ann Lockridge), Understanding Trademark Law (Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. Forthcoming 2016), Copyright Law in a Nutshell (West 2d ed. 2011), Global Issues in Copyright Law (West 2009), Understanding Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 3d ed. 2015) (with Donald S. Chisum, Tyler T. Ochoa, and Shubha Ghosh), and Entertainment Law on a Global Stage (West 2015) (with Geoffrey Scott and Lionel Sobel). Her articles have been published in numerous law reviews, including the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, and the Virginia Tax Review. From 2001-2004, she served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, entertainment law, and the taxation of intellectual property.


  • Marketa Trimble
    Marketa Trimble, Samuel Lionel Intellectual Property Professor of Law, joined the faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2010 from Stanford Law School, where she received her second master’s and second doctoral degrees. She received her first law degrees in Europe (Mgr., JUDr., and Ph.D.) from the Law School of Charles University in Prague. In her research she focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws. Using her extensive research experience from law schools in the United States and Europe, her expertise from the European Union and European governments, and her foreign language abilities, Professor Trimble conducts comparative, doctrinal, and empirical work in her areas of interest. She is the author of Global Patents: Limits of Transnational Enforcement (Oxford 2012) and several book chapters, and is the co-author (with Paul Goldstein of Stanford Law School) of International Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 3rd ed. 2012, 4th ed. 2016). Her articles have been published in law reviews including the Maryland Law Review, the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Review, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. Professor Trimble frequently presents at conferences abroad and teaches law students both at Boyd and abroad.