Susan Barbieri Montgomery
Executive Professor of Law and Business
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1971
Rhode Island School of Design, MAE 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1986
As a member of the faculties of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the School of Law at Northeastern, Professor Montgomery teaches a variety of business and intellectual property (IP) courses. She previously taught 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 the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the American Intellectual Property Law Educational Foundation (AIPLEF), and as an advisor to the American Law Institute on Principles of Software Contract Law. She previously served on the boards of directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA).