Susan Barbieri MontgomeryExecutive Professor of Law and Business
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1971
Rhode Island School of Design, MAE 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1986
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-7071
Fax: (617) 373-5056
As a member of the faculties of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Law, Professor Montgomery focuses on interdisciplinary business and law programs, including development and operation of the IP CO-LAB clinic and IP/Innovation Connection conference, and teaches Legal Environment for Entrepreneurs and Innovators, Early Stage IP Decisions, IP Transactions Practice, and Branding Law and Practice. She previously taught Trademark Law and an International IP Law Seminar at Suffolk University Law School.
Professor Montgomery is also Of Counsel and previously a partner in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP, where she has practiced since 1986. Her practice focuses on connecting IP and innovation, strategic planning for global development, and the exploitation and protection of IP assets. She has experience representing parties to domestic and international business transactions, including acquisitions, alliances, licenses and professional services contracts; advising on the purchase, sale, collateralization and license of IP assets; managing the prosecution and enforcement of international trademark portfolios; and advising companies on trademark selection and clearance, online content, packaging, franchising and trade practices compliance.
Her clients include a range of US, foreign and multinational companies, including new technology start-ups, NGOs, professional service firms, software companies and mature manufacturing operations. She served for many years as outside general counsel to several technology companies.
Professor Montgomery is an elected Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and past chair and current council officer of the 24,000-member Intellectual Property Law Section of the ABA. She has testified before Congressional committees on behalf of the ABA, co-chaired the ABA Joint Task Force on Security Interests in Intellectual Property and served on the ABA Working Group on the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA).
Professor Montgomery serves on the board of trustees of American Intellectual Property Law Educational Foundation (AIPLEF) and the university’s Mosaic Council and Venture Mentoring Network (VMN) Steering Committee, and as an advisor to the American Law Institute on Principles of Software Contract Law. She previously served on the board of trustees of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the boards of directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Fields of Expertise
- Business Law
- Branding Law and Practice
- Commercial Law
- Computer and Internet Law
- Copyright Law
- Intellectual Property & Innovation
- Intellectual Property Transactions
- International Law
- Trademark Law
- Apple v. Samsung: Intellectual Property and the Smartphone Patent Wars (Ivey Publishing, April 2013) (co-author).
- Worldwide Trademark Transfers Law & Practice (Clark Boardman Callaghan/INTA, 1992-2007) (co-editor).
- “Representing Clients in the Arts: Five Things Lawyers Should Know,” LANDSLIDE Magazine (January/February 2013).
- “IP Bad Guys and Good Guys,” “The Voice of the ABA,” “The Certainty Imperative for Patent Law Reform,” and “Doing What is Right: Solving the Problem of Counterfeiting and Piracy,” IPL Newsletter (2006-2007).
- “Benefits of Timely Copyright Registration,” International Bar Association Committee L News (April 2003) (co-author).
- “Trademarks and Hyperlinks: Implied Rights and Express Agreements,” World e-Commerce & IP Report, BNA International (September 2002).
- “Security Interests in Intellectual Property,” ALI-ABA Business Law Journal (2001).
- “IP Collateral: An Emerging Financing Tool,” Managing Intellecutal Property (September 1999) (co-author).
- “Off the Mark: Talking Tax in a Trademark World,” Trademark World (May/June 1998) (co-author).
- “UCC 2B Could Result in Ambiguous Intellectual Property Rights,” The National Law Journal (May 1998) (co-author).
- “Intellectual Property Transfers,” Holding Companies, Intellectual Property Assets in Mergers and Acquisitions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (2002) (co-author).
- “Law Clinic Helps Students Protect their IP,” news@Northeastern (August 24, 2015).
- J. Davis, “ABA Will Back Myriad's Gene Patents In Supreme Court,” Law360 (February 11, 2013) (quotation).
- “Representing Clients in the Arts: Five Things Lawyers Should Know,” 5(3) Landslide Magazine (Jan.-Feb. 2013) (co-author).
- “3Qs: What the Apple-Samsung ruling means for design patents,” news@Northeastern (Sept. 6, 2012).
- “3Qs: The 'arms race' for patents,” news@Northeastern (Sept. 15, 2011).
- “3Qs: Trademarks in the World Wide Web era,” news@Northeastern (April 20, 2011).