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McCarthy Honored For Contributions to Trademark Law

May 19, 2011

Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy was honored May 17 with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to trademark law at a gala reception during the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Dean Jeffrey Brand (left), Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy (middle), and Professor David Franklyn at a gala reception honoring McCarthy.

The reception, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was sponsored by the USF School of Law McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law along with INTA, Drinker Biddle, and Mark Monitor.

McCarthy Institute Director David Franklyn presented the award, which included a bronzed replica of the seminal trademark law treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks.

“It is the preeminent trademark treatise in the United States if not the world,” Franklyn said. “It’s been cited more than 3,000 times in court opinions. He gave something useful to lawyers and judges and that’s about the highest things you can say about a professor who studies the law and tries to make a contribution. I’m very proud to have him as my colleague and my mentor.”

Dean Jeff Brand praised McCarthy for not only transforming trademark law but also being an outstanding teacher who inspired countless students at the law school.

“Besides being a great scholar, Tom was a phenomenal teacher, inspiring so many of us in this room tonight,” Brand said during the award ceremony. “I think what Tom really has done for us, is to set a standard where we know that if we want true excellence all we have to do is look at Tom’s scholarship, his care, and the way he treats his colleagues to know the kind of lawyers that we want to be. Tom, you continue to inspire us with the standards that you have set. Congratulations yet again, Tom, nobody is more deserving.”