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Florida State University



Jake Linford

Jake Linford

Assistant Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 322
Phone: 850.644.3449
Fax: 850.644.0576


J.D., University of Chicago, 2008
B.A., University of Utah, 1996

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Professor Linford focuses his scholarship on Intellectual Property and Contract Law. He teaches Contracts, Copyright Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and Current Topics in Intellectual Property.

Professor Linford received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review, graduated with high honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the Florida State law faculty, Professor Linford litigated copyright and trademark matters with the law firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLP, in Chicago and clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Select Recent Publications

Are Trademarks Ever Fanciful?, 105 Geo. L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

The False Dichotomy between Suggestive and Descriptive Trademarks, 76 Ohio St. L.J. 1367 (2015)

A Linguistic Justification for the Protection of ‘Generic’ Trademarks, 17 Yale J.L. & Tech. 110 (2015)

The Institutional Progress Clause, 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 533 (2014)

Unilateral Reordering in the Reel World, 88 Wash. L. Rev. 1395 (2013)

Trademark Owner as Adverse Possessor: Productive Use and Property Acquisition, 63 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 703 (2013)