Texas Tech University

Barbara Lauriat

Associate Professor of Law & Dean’s Scholar in Intellectual Property

Email: blauriat@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-5814

Barbara Lauriat has taught and conducted research in most areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, patents, and trademarks; her work often takes a comparative approach, using examples from different national legal systems and drawing on legal history. Educated in the United States and the United Kingdom, she began her legal academic career in England, teaching intellectual property law to undergraduate, L.L.M., and Ph.D. students at King's College London from 2011-2022, after serving as the Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law and a Fellow of St. Catherine's College at the University of Oxford from 2008-2010. She has previously held visiting positions as the Frank H. Marks Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School, a Faculty Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Faculty Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford, a Scholar-in-Residence in the International Arbitration Department at WilmerHale London, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the New Zealand Centre for International Economic Law, a Hauser Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia. She was appointed an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2013-2016) and thereafter an Associate Academic Fellow. Lauriat won first prize in the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Essay Competition in 2013 and was the winner of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.'s Seton Award in 2015.

As a law student, Lauriat served as an editor on the BU Law Review and was later elected General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2007/2008). She currently serves on the editorial board of Arbitration International.

Lauriat is a member of the Bars of Massachusetts and New Hampshire (inactive) and was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018.

View her CV here.

Barbara Lauriat


  • A.A. Mount Wachusett Community College
  • B.A. Boston University
  • J.D. Boston University School of Law
  • D.Phil. University of Oxford


  • Torts
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Selected Publications


Intellectual Property and Victorian Inquiry: The Royal Commissions on Patent (1864) and Copyright (1878)(Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2024).  

With Frederick Mostert, Famous and Well-Known Marks: An International And Comparative Analysis of Paris Convention 6bis(3rd Ed.) (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2024).   

Edited Collection 

Improving Intellectual Property: A Global Project (Susy Frankel, Margaret Chon, Graeme Dinwoodie, Barbara Lauriat & Jens Schovsbo, eds. 2023). 


Frand Arbitration Will Destroy FRAND, 30 Mich. Tech. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023)  

“Pay No Attention to the Comparable Behind the Curtain!” -- The Harms of Opacity in Standard Essential Patent Licensing, Berk. Tech. L. J. (forthcoming 2023). 

Literary and Dramatic Disputes in Shakespeare's Time, 9 J. Int'l Disp. Settlement 45 (2018)  

Free Trade in Books: The 1878 Royal Commission on Copyright, 61 J. Copyr. Soc. U.S.A. 635 (2014) 

Revisiting the Royal Commission on Copyright, 17 J. World Intellect. Prop.47 (2014). 

Semi-Formal Copyright? The Past and Future of Orphan Works, 17 Art, Antiq. & L. 293 (2012).   

“The Examination of Everything”: Royal Commissions in British Legal History, 31 Statut. L. Rev.2446 (2010). 

Charles Reade's Roles in the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright, 33 Colum. J. L. & Arts 1 (2009).