Viva R. Moffat
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Program
Contracts, Intellectual Property
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, Professor 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, Professor Moffat was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Professor Moffat’s practice focused on intellectual property litigation and transactions, sparking her interest in teaching and writing in the field of intellectual property and contracts.
- JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
- MA, American History, University of Virginia, 1993
- AB, History, Political Science, Stanford University, 1991
- The Free Exercise of Copyright Behind Bars, 80 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2023).
- Cannabis, Consumers, and the Trademark Laundering Trap, 63 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1939 (with Sam Kamin and Tim Maffett) (forthcoming 2022).
- Human Capital as Intellectual Property? Non-Competes and the Limits of IP Protection, 50 Akron L. Rev. 903 (2017).
- Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents, and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry (with Sam Kamin), 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 217 (2016).
- The Copyright/Patent Boundary, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 611 (2014).
- Borrowed Fiction and the Rightful Copyright Position, 32 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 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).
- Regulating Search, 22 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 475 (Spring 2009).
- Super-Copyright: Contracts, Preemption, and the Structure of Copyright Policymaking, 41 U.C. Davis Law Review (2007).
- Mutant Copyrights And Backdoor Patents: The Problem Of Overlapping Intellectual Property Protection, 19 Berk. Tech. L.J. 1473 (2004).