Loletta  Darden

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and IPEC Director

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  • Mass.
  • Illinois


Loletta (Lolita) Darden is a registered Patent Attorney and Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. During her career, Loletta participated in several precedent setting patent litigation matters, including Atlantic Thermoplastics Co., Inc. v. Faytex Corp., Pall Corporation v. Micron Separations Inc. (companion case to Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc.) and Kodak v. Sun Microsystems.

Loletta teaches in the area of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret). She is also the Director of Suffolk's Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic serving new and emerging businesses. In the Clinic, Loletta teaches a seminar on practical applications of intellectual property law and related skills, including trademark clearance, prosecution and registration; design/utility patent searching and clearance; advertising, branding and marketing law; litigation and TTAB practice; copyright, patent and trademark counseling; licensing; transactional drafting, advocacy; client counseling and interviewing; and negotiation. Loletta also teaches a trademark class entitled USPTO Trademark Practice, which teaches the skills necessary to practice before the U.S. Trademark Office.

Prior to joining Suffolk, Loletta was Chief IP Counsel for Duracraft Corp. She was also a partner with the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd (Chicago) where she advised emerging technology businesses, Fortune 100 companies, and individuals on protecting, exploiting and creating rights in patents, trademarks, and copyrights. After graduating from Suffolk Law School, Loletta served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Franci


Professional Activities

AIPLA; Boston Patent Lawyers Association; ABA; John Marshall Law School (Adjunct); Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow, 2019 -- Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School 



Lights, Lights, Lights! – Finding Light in the Darkness of the Public/Private Patent Debate, 9 AM. U. INTELL. PROP. BRIEF 106 (2018).

Ruling Accelerates Time for Filing Patent Applications: Implications of Pfaff v. Wells Elecs., Inc., 409 LACHES (Oakland County Bar Ass'n) 11 (February 2000). 

Strategic Use of Intellectual Property: The Making of a Market Leader, DESIGN NEWS (1999)

s J. Boyle, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.


  • BS, Purdue University
  • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • JD, Suffolk University
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and IPEC Director

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