Levin College of Law

Elizabeth A. Rowe

Irving Cypen Professor of Law
Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Professor of Law
Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0927


Intellectual Property  • Patents  • Trade Secrets  • Trademarks  • 


Professor Elizabeth Rowe is an internationally recognized expert on Trade Secret Law. She is a prolific scholar who has co-authored or contributed to several books on intellectual property and has authored numerous law review articles in leading journals. Much of her research addresses the intersection of trade secrets with employment law and/or technology, as well as the interplay between intellectual property, government policy, and innovation. She has co-authored several books on trade secrets, including the first and the leading casebook in the United States devoted exclusively to Trade Secret Law, as well as a Nutshell treatise on trade secrets. Professor Rowe’s most recent co-authored book addresses trade secrecy in international transactions. The book has been praised for its “remarkable contribution to the understanding of the legal foundations and main features of trade secret law” of eight countries.

As a leading national scholar on trade secrecy, Professor Rowe has been recognized by the University of Florida Research Foundation for her “outstanding research and scholarly achievements.”  Most recently she was the first member of the law faculty inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars for her exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments. She has also received the Jack Wessel Research Excellence Award from the University of Florida, Office of the Provost. Professor Rowe serves as the Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, and teaches Trademark Law, Patent Law, Trade Secret Law, and Corporate Espionage. She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences on intellectual property and also serves as an expert consultant in litigation.

Professor Rowe is a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, LLP in Boston (now WilmerHale), where she practiced complex commercial litigation including intellectual property and employment litigation. While in practice, she was selected as one of the top five up-and-coming attorneys in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.



J.D., Harvard Law School (cum laude)
B.A., M.A., University of Florida (highest honors)

Teaching and Scholarship

Trademark Law, Patent Law, Trade Secret Law, Corporate Espionage

Professional Background

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2005 as Assistant Professor of Law; Promoted to Associate Professor of Law in 2008; Named as Director of Program in Intellectual Property Law in 2010; Tenured and promoted to Professor of Law in 2011; Awarded UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2012; Awarded Feldman Gale Term Professorship in Intellectual Property Law in 2012; Inducted into Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and awarded lifetime title, Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2016.
  • Private Practice: Partner, Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale), Boston (1997-2003); Associate, Sherburne, Powers & Needham, P.C. (now Holland & Knight LLP), Boston (1996-1997).


Patent Law - LAW 6573
  • Topics to be covered may include structure of the U.S. Patent Act, conditions of patentability, claims drafting, amendment and correction of patents, acts constituting infringement, property and contract interests in patents, and litigation procedures including remedies and defenses.
Trademark Law - LAW 6576
  • Covers trademark law, with some coverage of broader unfair competition and false advertising issues. It is a combination common law/statutory class, and will provide experience in interpreting statutory language against a common law background.
Trade Secret Law - LAW 6930
  • This course addresses the law and theory applicable to the protection of confidential and proprietary business information ranging from formulas to customer lists. It includes coverage of trade secret protection and misappropriation in the employment context, such as issues regarding confidentiality and non-competition agreements, and the inevitable disclosure doctrine. Litigation strategies in trade secret misappropriation cases, as well as procedures and requirements for preserving trade secret protection are also covered. Finally, the course touches on relevant comparisons between trade secret law and other forms of intellectual property protection, such as patent law.



  • Trade Secret Law In A Nutshell, 2nd Edition (West Publishing, forthcoming 2017) (with S. Sandeen)
  • Cases and Materials on Trade Secret Law, 2nd Edition (West Publishing, 2016) (with S. Sandeen)
  • Trade Secrecy in International Transactions (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015) (with S. Sandeen)
  • Trade Secrets and Undisclosed Information (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) (co-edited with S. Sandeen)
  • Trade Secret Law In A Nutshell (West Publishing, 2013) (with S. Sandeen)
  • Cases and Materials on Trade Secret Law (West Publishing, 2012) (with S. Sandeen)

Law Review Articles

  • RATs, TRAPs, and Trade Secrets, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 381(2016) [SSRN]
  • Trade Secrets, Trade, and Extraterritoriality, 66 Ala. L. Rev. 63 (2014) (with Daniel Mahfood) [SSRN]
  • Intellectual Property and Employee Selection, 48 Wake Forest L. Rev. 25 (2013) [SSRN]
  • Striking a Balance: When Should Trade Secret Law Shield Disclosures to the Government?, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 791 (Lead Article) (2011) [SSRN]
  • Patents, Genetically Modified Food, and IP Overreaching, 64 SMU L. Rev. 859 (2011) [SSRN]
  • Trade Secret Litigation and Free Speech: Is it Time to Restrain the Plaintiffs?, 50 B.C. L. Rev. 1425 (2009) [SSRN]
  • Contributory Negligence, Technology, and Trade Secrets, 17 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1 (2009) (Lead Article) [SSRN]
  • A Sociological Approach to Misappropriation, 58 U. Kan. L. Rev. 1 (2009) (Lead Article) [SSRN]
  • Introducing A Take-Down for Trade Secrets on the Internet, 2007 Wis. L. Rev. 1041 (2007) [SSRN]
  • Saving Trade Secret Disclosures on the Internet Through Sequential Preservation, 42 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1 (2007) (Lead Article) [SSRN]
  • The Experimental Use Exception to Patent Infringement: Do Universities Deserve Special Treatment?, 57 Hastings L.J. 921 (2006) (Lead Article) [SSRN]
  • When Trade Secrets Become Shackles: Fairness and the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, 7 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 167 (2005) [SSRN]
See vita for complete list of publications.