Elizabeth A. Rowe

Feldman Gale Term Professor in IP Law
UF Research Foundation Professor
Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0927

(352) 392-3005

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.”  She has also received the Jack Wessel Research Excellence Award from the University of Florida, Office of the Provost. She 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.

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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.
  • 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 (Credits: 3) - LAW 6573

  • This course covers such topics as patent eligibility, utility, anticipation, nonobviousness, claim interpretation, inventorship, infringement, inequitable conduct, and litigation procedures including remedies and defenses. Patent drafting and prosecution are not covered.

Trademark Law (Credits: 3) - LAW 6576

  • This course covers trademark law, with some coverage of broader unfair competition issues. It is a combination common law/statutory class. Specific trademark issues include nature of trademark rights, violations of trademark rights, defenses, remedies and selected procedural issues that arise in trademark cases. The prosecution of trademark applications is not covered in any detail, but the statutory requirements and benefits of registration are covered.

Trade Secret Law (Credits: 3) - 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.

Corporate Espionage (Credits: 2) - LAW 6936

  • This seminar explores the law and theory applicable to the gathering of competitive intelligence among companies. It will address the laws, policies, and technologies associated with corporate espionage. It includes coverage of such practices as spying, committing computer crimes, engaging in surveillance, and stealing trade secrets of one’s competitors. The intellectual property and unfair competition doctrines and policies that regulate and protect against these practices will be the focus of the course. Data security and technological challenges to protecting proprietary information will also be covered. Prior course work in trade secret law is recommended but not required.


  • Cases and Materials on Trade Secret Law (West Publishing, 2012) (with Sharon Sandeen)
  • Trade Secret Law In A Nutshell (West Publishing, 2013) (with Sharon Sandeen)
  • Trade Secrets and Undisclosed Information (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) (co-edited with Sharon Sandeen)
  • Trade Secrecy in International Transactions (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015) (with Sharon Sandeen)

Law Review Articles

See vita for complete list of publications.
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