Loletta Darden

Associate Clinical Professor of Law and IPEC Director

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Bar Admittance

  • Mass.
  • Illinois

Biography

Professor Darden is a registered Patent Attorney, an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, and Director of the Law School's Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic ("IPEC"), a multi-disciplinary clinic for new and emerging businesses. As part of the Clinic, Professor Darden teaches a seminar on the practical applications of IP law and related skills, including trademark clearance and prosecution; patent counseling, including searching and application drafting; TTAB practice; copyright counseling; licensing; negotiation; transactional skills drafting; advocacy; and client counseling. Professor Darden also teaches in the area of intellectual property (IP), specifically patent, trademark, and copyright law.

Prior to joining Suffolk, Professor Darden was a partner at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. (Chicago) and manager of the patent prosecution group. She counseled emerging technology businesses on all aspects of IP protection, including rights in patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Professor Darden also served as in-house Chief IP Counsel for Duracraft Corporation where she worked closely with marketing and product development teams and managed all IP litigation and IP protection programs. During her career, Professor Darden has had the opportunity to participate in several precedent setting patent and trademark cases, including Atlantic Thermoplastics v. Faytex Corp., Micron Separations, Inc. v. Pall Corporation -- the companion case to Markman v. Westview Instruments, and Curtin v. United Trademark Holdings (trademark opposition finding consumer standing to oppose registration).

Professor Darden earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School with honors, she was a member of the law review, and voted by faculty as the most outstanding student of her class. After graduating from Suffolk Law School, Professor Darden served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Boyle, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. 

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

Publications

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.

Education

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

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