Willajeanne F. McLean

Distinguished Professor of Law
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Office: Hosmer 230


  • Trademark Law
  • European Law

Willajeanne F. McLean, an internationally recognized expert on the interface of intellectual property and European law, served as interim dean for the Law School for the 2012-2013 academic year. She has been a member of the faculty since 1991 and has taught Trademark Law, Torts, Law and Institutions of the European Union, and a seminar on intellectual property law in the EU.

The holder of a B.A. in French literature and European history from Wellesley and a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Professor McLean worked in a research lab at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute before earning her J.D. from Fordham Law School. She also holds an LL.M. in European community law from the Free University of Brussels.

Before pursuing a career in the academy, Professor McLean, a patent attorney, practiced at Darby and Darby, an intellectual property boutique, where she worked primarily in the field of trademark law. As a member of Law School faculty, she has guest-lectured at the Free University of Berlin, University of Mannheim, University of Tilburg, and the Université  Paul Cézanne d'Aix-Marseille. In addition, Professor McLean, who directed the Law School’s international exchange programs for more than a decade, has held visiting professorships at Exeter University, Fordham University School of Law, and the University of Iowa College of Law. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, where she taught Comparative EU and U.S. Intellectual Property Law, and lectured at the Intellectual Property Law Institute of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

Willajeanne F. McLean, The Protection of Traveling Trademarks: A Cross-Border Dilemma in Problems of Polish and European Private Law (Wolters Kluwer, 2012)
Willajeanne F. McLean, The Methodenlehre of Patent Claim Construction in Rechtsgeschäft, Methodenlehre und darüber hinaus Liber Amicorum für Detlef Leenen (De Gruyter, 2012)
Willajeanne F. McLean, Protecting Unconventional Trademarks in the European Union and the United States in The Global Challenge of Intellectual Property Rights (Edward Elgar, 2009)
Willajeanne F. McLean, Opening Another Can of Worms: Protecting Product Configuration as Trade Dress, 66 U. Cin. L. Rev. 119 (1997)
Willajeanne F. McLean, Book Review, Miles To Go and Promises To Keep: A Look at Europe Poised Between Two Treaties, 15 Mich. J. Int'l L. 831 (1994) (reviewing E. Kirchner, Decision-Making in the European Community: The Council Presidency and European Integration (1992))
Recent Faculty Notes
Willajeanne McLean to Speak at AALS Event
Dec 30, 2020 -

Willajeanne McLean will be a speaker for the Intellectual Property and Culture panel at the virtual AALS annual meeting. The program will examine ways in which intellectual property responds to, and is shaped by, cultural practices as well as how intellectual property's role in these practices implicates larger social values. Register here

Willajeanne McLean Moderates Intellectual Property Session
Nov 2, 2020 -

Professor Willajeanne McLean moderated a roundtable session of paper presentations with Professor Keith Robinson of Southern Methodist University on October 30, 2020 at the sixth annual IP Mosaic Law and Policy Conference. The conference, hosted by Marquette University Law School, was conducted online.

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