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Christopher C. Larkin

Christopher C. Larkin

Lecturer in Law

Telephone: (310) 277-7200
Fax: (310) 201-5219
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: December 19, 2017

Christopher C. Larkin was appointed an Administrative Trademark Judge on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2016 after 36 years in private practice in New York and Los Angeles, in which he focused on trademark litigation before federal courts and the TTAB, domestic and foreign trademark prosecution, and intellectual property licensing, counseling, and transactional matters.

While in private practice, he was recognized by his peers and in-house counsel worldwide for inclusion in multiple editions of the Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners and the World Trademark Review 1000, and was designated as a “Trademark Experts’ Expert” in surveys of leading US practitioners reported in World Trademark Review. He held several leadership positions with the International Trademark Association, including service as an editor of The Trademark Reporter and on INTA’s Amicus Brief Committee, for which he authored INTA’s amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Products Co., 514 U.S. 159 (1995), in which the Court agreed with INTA’s position that single colors are eligible for trademark protection.

Larkin received his BA from Stanford University in 1977 and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1980. He has taught Internet Law, Trademark Law, and Trademark Law in Practice at USC Gould School of Law. 


The Hill
May 17, 2019
Re: Edward Kleinbard

Edward Kleinbard and Sam Erman's op-ed, which suggested that Congress use its power to but the burden of subpoena enforcement on the courts rather than on Congress itself, was quoted. "Congress should not be required to go cap in hand to go to the judicial system,” explained Kleinbard.


Gregory Keating
March, 2019

"Sovereign and Subordinate Conceptions of Corrective Justice," The Landscape of Private Law Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. 

Daniel Klerman
March, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Keynote Speaker, QuantLaw Conference, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ.

Ariela Gross
March, 2019

"The Law of Race and Freedom: An Interview with Ariela Gross and Alejandro de la Fuente" was published, based on their plenary lecture at the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, in Law and History Review Online.