University of Pittsburgh

The Expansion of Antidilution Law Beyond Trademark Law

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 · 7:00 pm

This program is free and open to the public.

A reception for all attendees will follow the program.

Intellectual property law has traditionally focused on preventing unauthorized substitutive copying—copies that substitute for the sale of authorized copies of an intellectual work. In recent years, various fields of intellectual property law have shifted their focus to the prevention of unauthorized dilutive copying—copies that dilute the distinctiveness and uniqueness of that work. This lecture will show how and will help to explain why we are expanding the trademark concept of dilution to areas of intellectual property law beyond trademark law. It further seeks to assess the economic and cultural implications of this expansion.

About the Speaker

Barton Beebe
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Barton Beebe is a professor of law at the New York University School of Law, where he specializes in the doctrinal, empirical, and cultural analysis of intellectual property law. He received his JD from Yale Law School, his PhD in English literature from Princeton University, and his BA from the University of Chicago. In 2007, Beebe was a special master for Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Dooney & Bourke, Inc., a significant trademark infringement case in the Southern District of New York. In 2002, Beebe clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York. Beebe’s recent published works include “Intellectual Property Law and the Sumptuary Code,” 123 Harvard Law Review 809 (2010); “An Empirical Study of U.S. Fair Use Opinions, 1978–2005,” 156 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 549 (2008); “An Empirical Study of the Multifactor Tests for Trademark Infringement,” 95 California Law Review 1581 (2006); and “Search and Persuasion in Trademark Law,” 103 Michigan Law Review 2020 (2005).

For more information, or call 412-648-1490. Preregistration is requested.



CLE Information

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one and one-half (1.5) hours of substantive credit. Pay at the door with a check for $25 made payable to University of Pittsburgh School of Law. For further information, please call 412-648-1305 or e-mail

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