Graeme B. Dinwoodie

Co-Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, University Distinguished Professor, Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law

Professor Dinwoodie is a prolific intellectual property scholar of international renown. From 2009 to 2018, he was Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, where he was also Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and a Professorial Fellow of St. Peter’s College. Immediately prior to taking up the IP Chair at Oxford, Professor Dinwoodie was for several years a Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. During that time, Professor Dinwoodie led Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law, helping to build the program’s international reputation. From 2005 to 2009, he also held a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Professor Dinwoodie rejoined the law school faculty in 2016 as a University Professor, an appointment reserved for "highly distinguished faculty who may be appointed by the President [of Illinois Institute of Technology] in recognition of their national reputations." And in 2018, he returned full-time to Chicago-Kent upon his appointment as Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law. He remains a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oxford.

Professor Dinwoodie is the author of many books and casebooks, including A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: The Resilience of the International Intellectual Property Regime (Oxford University Press 2012) (with R. Dreyfuss), Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (6th ed. 2022) (with M. Janis), Trade Dress and Design Law (2010) (with M. Janis), and International Intellectual Property Law and Policy (2d ed. 2008) (with W. Hennessey, S. Perlmutter & G. Austin); dozens of articles, book chapters and other substantial works; and numerous essays and shorter works. His scholarship is widely cited by scholars in the United States and abroad. He received the 2008 Ladas Memorial Award from the International Trademark Association for his article Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law (with M. Janis). He is considered a leading international authority in trademark law, design law, and international intellectual property law, and is regularly invited to speak at numerous conferences and institutions around the world.

Professor Dinwoodie has held a number of visiting or honorary positions, including as the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Singapore, a Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Strasbourg, the George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Chair at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and a visiting professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Professor Dinwoodie first joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a three-time recipient of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2001, he was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar, and he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2003. In 2008, Professor Dinwoodie received the Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence in the field of trademarks and trade identity law—awarded only once every four years—from the International Trademark Association.

Professor Dinwoodie has served as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization on matters of private international law, as an adviser to the American Law Institute Project on Principles on Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments in Intellectual Property Matters, and as a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge. He currently serves as an adviser on the ALI's project on the Restatement of Copyright Law. He is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools and was president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) from 2011 to 2013.

Prior to teaching, Professor Dinwoodie had been an associate with Sullivan and Cromwell in New York, concentrating in the practice of intellectual property law and in commercial, corporate, and international litigation. Professor Dinwoodie holds an LL.B. degree in Private Law (First Class Honors) from the University of Glasgow, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. He was the Burton Fellow in residence at Columbia Law School for 1988-89, working in the field of intellectual property law, and a John F. Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School for 1987–88.


J.S.D., Columbia Law School
LL.M., Harvard Law School
LL.B., University of Glasgow



Ensuring Consumers “Get What They Want” and The Role of Trademark Law, 82 Camb. L.J. 1- 26 (2024)

International Copyright: The Introduction in International Copyright Law and Practice 1- 170 (Bently, Geller & Nimmer eds. Lexis Nexis 2023)

Trademark Law as a Normative Project, 2023 Sing. J. Leg. S. 305-341 (2023)

Reading Trademark Tea-Leaves at the Supreme Court, 23 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 99-115 (2023)

Universalism in International Copyright Law as Seen Through the Lens of Marrakesh, in Intellectual Property Ordering Beyond Borders (Khan and Metzger eds, Cambridge Univ. Press 2022)

Injunctive Relief in Patent Law Under TRIPS, in Injunctions and Patent Law (Husovec and Contreras eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2022) (with Dreyfuss)

The Function of Trademarks in The United States in The Cambridge Handbook on International and Comparative Trademark Law 178-192 (Ginsburg & Calboli eds. Cambridge Univ. Press 2021)

Who Are Internet Intermediaries? in The Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability 37-56 (Frosio ed. Oxford Univ. Press 2021)

Non-Conventional Marks and the Obstacle of Functionality: WIPO’s Role in Fleshing Out the Telle Quelle Rule, in Research Handbook on the World Intellectual Property Organization (Ricketson ed. Edward Elgar Press 2020) (with Kur)

Pluralism and Universalism in International Copyright Law: The Role of an International Acquis in Universalism or Pluralism in International Copyright Law (Synodinou ed., Kluwer Law International 2019)

Brexit and IP: The Great Unraveling?, 39 Cardozo Law Review 967 (2018) (with R. Dreyfuss).

Territorial Overlaps in Trademark Law: The Evolving European Model, 92 Notre Dame Law Review 1669 (2017).

Secondary Liability for Online Trademark Infringement: The International Landscape, 36 Columbia J. L. & Arts 463(2014).

Developing a Private International Intellectual Property Law: The Demise of Territoriality?, 51 William and Mary Law Review 711 (2009).

Lewis & Clark College of Law Ninth Distinguished IP Lecture: Developing Defenses in Trademark Law, 13 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 99 (2009).

Confusion Over Use: Contextualism in Trademark Law, 92 Iowa Law Review 1597 (2007) (with Janis).

Trademarks and Territory: Detaching Trademark Law From the Nation-State, 41 Houston Law Review 885 (2004).

Designing Non-National Systems: The Case of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, 43 William & Mary Law Review 141 (2001) (with Helfer).

A New Copyright Order: Why National Courts Should Create Global Norms,149 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 469 (2000).

The Death of Ontology: A Teleological Approach to Trademark Law, 84 Iowa Law Review 611 (1999).

Reconceptualizing the Inherent Distinctiveness of Product Design Trade Dress, 75 North Carolina Law Review 471 (1997).

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Trade Dress and Design Law (2d ed.) (with Janis and DuMont) (Aspen Law Publishing) (2024)

International Trademark Protection: Territoriality in a Post-National Age (Oxford University Press, 2023).

Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (Aspen Publishers Inc. 6th ed. 2022) (with M. Janis).

Secondary Liability of Internet Service Providers (G. Dinwoodie ed., Springer, 2017).

A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: The Resilience of The International Intellectual Property Regime (Oxford University Press) (2012) (with R. Dreyfuss).

International Intellectual Property Law and Policy (with Perlmutter, Hennessey and Austin) (LexisNexis Publishing) (2d ed. 2008).


Program in Intellectual Property Law; Center for Design, Law & Technology


Copyright; Intellectual Property Law; International Intellectual Property Law; Trademark Law