Robert Bone will be giving a talk today titled “Trademark Functionality Reexamined” as part of Professor Mark D. Janis’ IP Colloquium. The event is scheduled to take place in Baier Hall, Room 216. Two hours of Indiana CLE credit pending.
Robert Bone is Professor of Law and holds the G. Rollie White Excellence in Teaching Chair at The University of Texas School of Law. He joined the UT faculty in January 2010. Previously, he was Professor of Law and Robert Kent Chair in Civil Procedure at Boston University School of Law. Professor Bone received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1973 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. Following law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. and served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, before joining the University of Southern California law faculty in 1983. Professor Bone became a member of the BU Law School faculty in 1987, where he served before moving to UT Law School in 2010. He was also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School for the fall term 1998 and at Harvard Law School for the fall term 2001. Professor Bone is a leading scholar in the fields of intellectual property, civil procedure, and complex litigation. He has published numerous articles in leading law journals, a book entitled The Economics of Civil Procedure, a co-authored casebook on class actions and aggregation, and several essays in other books, and he has given many lectures and talks. His writing spans a wide range of topics. In intellectual property, his work focuses mainly on trademark law and trade secret law. Over the past few years, for example, he has published articles addressing notice problems and defenses in trademark law, the trademark functionality doctrine, and trademark law’s likelihood-of-confusion test. On the civil procedure side, his published work deals with issues in the economic analysis of procedure, class actions, pleading, innovative case aggregation techniques, preclusion law, rulemaking, the nature of procedural rules, and procedure history. Professor Bone was selected to give the 2000-2001 Boston University Lecture in honor of his scholarly achievements, and he received Boston University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1991. Professor Bone is a member of the American Law Institute.