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Rebecca Curtin

Visiting Professor


Professor Curtin is a professor at Suffolk University School of Law and currently a visiting professor at BC Law. She is a nationally recognized intellectual property scholar with a specialty in the early history of copyright. She has taught courses in Copyright, Trademark, IP Transactions, Property, and Trusts and Estates. Her scholarly interests include the transactional origins of copyright, the evolution of IP regimes in relation to the public domain, innovative transactions, and the protection of the public interest in innovation policy. 

With the Suffolk IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic, she fought to keep fairy tale characters like Rapunzel in the public domain by opposing registration of the Rapunzel name as a trademark for a dollmaking company. She is the author of several articles, which have appeared in the Tennessee Law Review, the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, and the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Her most recent article is Locke’s (Literary) Property, a contribution to Forgotten Intellectual Property Lore, edited by Shubha Ghosh. She is also the author of Reformations: Three Medieval Authors in Manuscript and Movable Type.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Suffolk University School of Law, she practiced in the IP Transactions group of a large law firm in Boston.  Prof. Curtin holds a PhD in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and received her B.A. from Princeton University.