Rita S. Heimes

Rita Heimes has more than 20 years experience counseling clients, teaching, and writing articles in the fields of intellectual property and information privacy law. She is counsel at Verrill Dana and Senior Fellow at the University of Maine School of Law.

Professor Heimes served previously as the Director of the Center for Law + Innovation at Maine Law, and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Center for Law + Innovation connects students to courses and career opportunities in intellectual property and information privacy law. Professor Heimes spearheaded Maine Law’s relationship with the world’s largest privacy organization, the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In 2012, Maine Law and the IAPP launched the annual Information Privacy Institute, the nation’s first for-credit summer program in information privacy.

Professor Heimes has taught courses in intellectual property law, copyright and trademark law. She was a lead instructor in Maine Law’s Intellectual Property Clinic.

She received her BA in Journalism with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa in 1990, and a JD with honors from Drake University Law School in 1993. Following law school, she clerked with the Honorable Robert Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law with firms in Seattle, Boulder and Portland.

Selected Publications


Trademarks, Identity, and Justice, 11 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 133 (2011). [SSRN]

Technology Use Agreements, State Laws and the Pre-Emption Doctrine, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT (Peter K. Yu ed., Edward Elgar Publ’g 2011).

Ocean Management & Planning in the United States: From Competition to Cooperation, ANNUAIRE DE DROIT MARITIME ET OCÉANIQUE (Universite de Nantes 2011). [SSRN]

Post-Sale Restrictions on Patented Seeds: Which Law Governs?, 10 WAKE FOREST INTELL. PROP. L.J. 98 (2010). [SSRN]

Ocean Planning and the Gulf of Maine: Exploring Bi-National Policy Options, 15 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 293 (2010) (co-authored with Lucia Fanning). [SSRN]

Additional Publications

Creating a Mouse Academic Research Commons, 27 NATURE BIOTECH. 890 (2009) (co-authored with David Einhorn). [Nature.com]

Managing a Fishery Through Contract: Legal Issues Raised by Sector Operating Agreements in the New England Multispecies Fishery, 14 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 17 (2008). [SSRN]

Patent Trolls Prey on SMEs, in PATENT TROLLS: LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 122 (C Sri Krishna ed., Amicus Books, Icfai U. Press 2008).

Climate Change in the Northwest Atlantic, Ctr. for L. & Innovation, U. of Me. Sch. of L. (2007) (editor).

Legal Guide for Maine Harbormasters, Marine L. Inst., U. of Me. Sch. of L. (2006) (editor).

From Laboratory to Marketplace: The Capacity of Maine’s Research Institutions for Innovation and Technology Transfer, U. of Me. Sch. of L. (2004).

Panel Discussion, Symposium, Internet Privacy Law, Policy and Practice: State, Federal and International Perspectives, 54 ME L. REV. 95 (2002).

Reaching into Cyberspace with Maine’s Long-Arm Statute, 14 ME. B.J. 306 (1999). [Harvard]

Liability for Passive Disposal of Hazardous Waste under CERCLA, 42 DRAKE L. REV. 255 (1993). [HeinOnline]