Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Betsy Rosenblatt

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law

  • B.A., Williams College
  • J.D., Harvard Law School

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 222
Fax. 714.444.1854
Building Two, Room 222

Areas of Expertise

Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademarks, Videogame Law

Professor Rosenblatt joined the Whittier faculty in 2009. Following law school, she practiced intellectual property litigation with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where she specialized in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Following practice, she was a Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at UCLA School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law at USC Gould School of Law. She was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California “Rising Stars” in 2007 and 2008.

Professor Rosenblatt’s research interests include intellectual property law (including copyright, patent, and trademark), entertainment law, and gender/sexuality law.

Articles

Book Chapters

Stained Vows: “The Second Stain” and English Matrimonial Law, IRREGULAR STAIN (R. Katz & A. Solberg, Eds.) (2013)

  • “Comic Book Law School 303: New Revelations,” San Diego Comic Con, July 23, 2016.
  • “Fair Use as Resistance,” 2016 International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) workshop, University of Glasgow Law School in Glasgow, Scotland, July 7, 2016.
  • “How It Works: Understanding Copyright Law in the New Creative Economy,” Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2016.
  • “Misadventures of Ownership,” The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 18, 2016.
  • Commentary on “Uber Inequality: Towards a Feminist Critique of the Sharing Economy” by Arianne Renan Barzilay, Law & Society Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 4, 2016.
  • “Belonging as Intellectual Creation,” Law & Society Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 3, 2016
  • “Progressive Teaching: Infusing Difficult Conversations in Intellectual Property Classes,” MOSAIC IP Conference, Marquette Law School, March 19, 2016.
  • “Copyright and Creators: 2026” (On the Future of Copyright Law), South by Southwest Interactive Festival, Austin, TX, March 11, 2016.
  • “2015 Copyright Year in Review: New Cases and Future Predictions in an Ever-Changing Legal Landscape,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, February 26, 2016.
  • “Belonging as Intellectual Creation,” Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Law conference, University of Washington Law School, February 20, 2016.
  • “Belonging as Intellectual Creation,” UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium Workshop, UCLA Law School, November 8, 2015.
  • “Legal Uncertainty and Eternal Life,” How Long?: Copyright Duration in the 21st Century, University of Tulsa Law School, Oct. 30, 2015.
  • “Belonging as Intellectual Creation,” Intellectual Property Scholars’ Conference, DePaul University Law School, August 7, 2015.
  • “Fandom is My Fandom: or, We All Live in a Coffeshop AU,” San Diego Comic Con, July 9, 2015.
  • “Intellectual Property, Creativity, and a Sense of Belonging,” Law & Society Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, May 29, 2015
  • “Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use,” at Fair Use in the Digital Age: The Ongoing Influence of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose’s “Transformative Use Test” (aka Campbell at 21), University of Washington School of Law, April 17-18, 2015.
  • “Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use,” IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, American University Washington College of Law, February 27, 2015.
  • “2014 Copyright Law Year in Review: New Trends and Predictions for the Future,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, February 19, 2015
  • “Intellectual Property, Creativity, and a Sense of Belonging,” WIPIP (Works in Progress in Intellectual Property) Conference, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2015.
  • “Creativity Without Law: Parallels and Future Research,” Creativity Without Law, Case Western Reserve Law School, November 7, 2014
  • “Intellectual Property, Creativity, and a Sense of Belonging,” David & Ann Brennan IP Scholars Forum, Akron, Ohio, September 19, 2014.
  • “Intellectual Property, Creativity, and a Sense of Belonging,” IP Scholars’ Conference, Berkeley, California, August 8, 2014.
  • “Fans, Love, and the Law,” San Diego Comic Con, July 26, 2014.
  • “2013 Copyright Law Year in Review: New Trends and Predictions for the Future,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, March 28, 2014.
  • “The Adventure of the Shrinking Public Domain,” Whittier Law School Distinguished Speaker and Colloquium Series, March 18, 2014.
  • “The Adventure of the Shrinking Public Domain,” WIPIP (Works in Progress in Intellectual Property) Conference, Santa Clara Law School, February 7, 2014.
  • “Digital Media in the Age of the Cloud,” UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, December 3, 2013.
  • “The Adventure of the Shrinking Public Domain,” Intellectual Property Scholars’ Conference, Cardozo Law School, August 8, 2013
  • “Gamer or Game Developer? The Law of Video Game Transformation,” California State Bar 2013 IP in Entertainment & Media Conference, June 27, 2013.
  • “Complex Litigation Involving Multiple Parties,” moderator, 2013 Federal Circuit Bar Association/Federal Bar Association Advanced Complex Litigation Series, Whittier Law School, April 30, 2013.
  • “Fear and Loathing: Shame, Shaming, and Intellectual Property,” Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, Chicago-Kent Law School, April 9, 2013.
  • “2012 Copyright Year in Review: New Trends and Predictions for the Future,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, February 26, 2013
  • “Fear and Loathing: Shame, Shaming, and Intellectual Property,” WIPIP (Works in Progress in Intellectual Property) Conference, Seton Hall Law School, February 23, 2013
  • “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Year in Review,” Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association’s Washington in the West 2013, January 29, 2013
  • Response to “Confusion Isn’t Everything: Limiting Doctrines in Trademark Law” by Mark McKenna and Bill McGeveran, Southern California IP Professors’ and UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium Workshop, November 4, 2012
  • “Sherlock Holmes Adaptation and Intellectual Property Law,” Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen, UCLA School of Film and Television, September 1, 2012
  • “Fear and Loathing: Shame, Shaming, and Intellectual Property,” Intellectual Property Scholars’ Conference, Stanford Law School, August 9, 2012
  • “Copyright Law Year in Review,” Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar, June 12, 2012
  • “Patent Ethics: A Retrospective of Recent Patent Cases,” Patent Litigation Briefing, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, Irvine, CA, January 25, 2012
  • “Past is Prologue: How Copyright Developments in 2011 Will Shape the Issues We Face in 2012,” March 26, 2012
  • “Copyright and Media Law Year in Review,” Los Angeles Copyright Society, December 14, 2011
  • “IP’s Negative Space: Beyond the Utilitarian,” Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, October 22, 2011
  • “IP’s Negative Space: Beyond the Utilitarian,” Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul University Law School, August 11, 2011
  • “A Theory of IP’s Negative Space,” Whittier Law School Intellectual Property Colloquium, November 4, 2011
  • “Toward a Unified Theory of IP’s Negative Space”, Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, October 16, 2010
  • “Trademark Law for Engineers: The Two-Hour Crash Course”, University of Southern California, April 29, 2010
  • Response to “Intellectual Property as a Law of Organization” by Jonathan Barnett, Southern California IP Professors’ and UCLA Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Colloquium Workshop, November 8, 2009
  • “Intersections between science and law regarding ethical standards of behavior,” Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University Seminar guest lecturer, December 4, 2007
  • Organization for Transformative Works, member, Legal Committee (2010-present; Legal Chair, 2012-present)
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Advisory Chair for Outreach and Education (2010-present)
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society, member (Board of Trustees, 2006-2008)
  • Lambda Legal Los Angeles Leadership Committee, member (2005-present)

Bar Admissions

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Curriculum vitae

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