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.
Valuing Residual Goodwill After Trademark Abandonment, 93 Notre Dame L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017)
Are Trademarks Ever Fanciful?,105 Geo. L.J. 731 (2017)
(Recipient of the 2017 Ladas Memorial Award for top professional trademark paper.)
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)
Trademark Owner as Adverse Possessor: Productive Use and Property Acquisition, 63 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 703 (2013)