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Author of McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Celebrates 40 Years with Thomson Reuters

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Professor J. Thomas McCarthy’s treatise has been cited in more than 4,000 judicial decisions, including 10 U.S. Supreme Court opinions

The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced that Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, nationally renowned author, attorney and a 2012 IP Hall of Fame inductee, marks 40 years as a Thomson Reuters author. Professor McCarthy’s treatise “McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition” provides authoritative information and analysis needed to successfully represent clients in formulating, registering, licensing, protecting and litigating trademarks and related rights.

Originally published in 1973 as two volumes, “McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition” now spans seven volumes and has been cited and relied upon as authority in more than 4,000 judicial opinions, including 10 from the U.S. Supreme Court. The publication explains trademark law with clear, concise analysis of cases and statutes, and offers how-to guidance for registering trademarks, examination of defenses and analysis of international aspects of trademark law. Topics covered by the more than 30 chapters include secondary meaning, likelihood of confusion and territorial extent of trademark rights, as well as literary, artistic and entertainment rights.

“Trademark law has become a very important field, so I am lucky and blessed that I picked a specialty that thrived and grew over the years,” said Professor McCarthy. “Now that I am retired from teaching, I spend all of my time reading new materials on trademark law and writing updates and changes to my book. I am always delighted to see my book cited by judges, which means that it’s useful and that judges, as well as lawyers and practitioners, find it helpful. ”

Professor McCarthy is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including most recently being inducted into the IP Hall of Fame, established and run by IAM magazine. Professor McCarthy is also the founding director of the University of San Francisco’s (USF) McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The institute is named in his honor and he taught at USF for 36 years. In addition, Professor McCarthy is the author of a two-volume treatise, “The Rights of Publicity and Privacy,” a Thomson Reuters publication on personality rights.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Professor McCarthy’s 40 years with Thomson Reuters,” said Cynthia Murphy, senior vice president for the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters. “His book is one of the top-selling Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions titles in print and online, and we are proud to have him as one of our authors. He has made significant contributions to the practice and study of trademark law, and we commend his work.”

To learn more about “McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition” or to purchase the book, visit

To view an interview featuring Professor McCarthy, visit Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, Up Close and Personal.

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