Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor
A.B., 1991, Stanford University
M.A., 1993, University of Virginia
J.D., 1996, University of Virginia
Viva Moffat began her academic career at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as an assistant professor after seven years in private practice and one year as a visiting professor. While in law school at the University of Virginia, Moffat was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Robert R. Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Seattle. Following the clerkship, Moffat was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where she had a general commercial litigation practice. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Moffat’s practice on intellectual property litigation and transactions, sparking her interest in teaching and writing in the field of intellectual property. Moffat teaches courses on intellectual property and contracts. Her scholarship concerns intellectual property and the interaction among the various legal regimes for the protection of intellectual property.
- Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents, and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry, co-authored with Sam Kamin, (2015).
- The Copyright/Patent Boundary, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 611 (2014).
- Borrowed Fiction and the Rightful Copyright Position, 32 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 389 (2014).
- Making Non-Competes Unenforceable , 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 939 (2012).
- The Wrong Tool for the Job: The IP Problem with Noncompetition Agreements, 52 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 873 (2010).