Shontavia Johnson, professor of law and the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, took over as director of Drake Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Center on July 1.
The Drake Intellectual Property Law Center was launched in fall 2007 to promote global, interdisciplinary understanding of intellectual property law and policy. It has been ranked among the top 25 intellectual property law programs by U.S. News & World Report.
“I am grateful to be part of Drake Law School’s longstanding commitment to this dynamic area of law,” said Johnson. “I plan to continue our tradition of practical legal training and couple that with a renewed focus on agriculture, biotechnology, and entrepreneurship.”
Johnson received her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas. Her areas of expertise are in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, property, and entertainment law.
Johnson’s article, “Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks,” was awarded the International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award in 2014. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is the founder and managing attorney of Jackson Johnson LLC.
Among her many accolades, Johnson was named one of 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. She is also a Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate and a 2016 American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow.
About Drake Intellectual Property Law Center
In fall 2007, the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School was launched to promote global, interdisciplinary understanding of intellectual property law and policy. The Center was established with the generous support of a $1.5 million gift from Wayne, LW’72, and Donna Kern, which endowed the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and a $750,000 leadership commitment from DuPont Pioneer. For seven years in a row, peer surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report have ranked the Center among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States.
This dynamic Center offers an innovative curriculum, providing students with a solid foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of intellectual property law. It also serves as an international research hub, fostering partnerships with leading research institutions from around the world. Every year, the Center sponsors groundbreaking symposia and distinguished lectures; hosts eminent speakers and internationally recognized experts; publishes books and an occasional paper series; and develops international research and outreach programs. Most recently, the Center launched the LL.M./M.J. Program in Intellectual Property Law, a unique graduate law program that aims to train transnational intellectual property lawyers and professionals.