Tom Ward

Tom Ward has been a member of the Maine Law faculty since 1976 and assumed professor emeritus status in 2014. His teaching and research is centered on the intersection of intellectual property law and commercial law. At Maine Law, he has offered courses in Contracts, Sale of Goods, Payment Systems, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions and Intellectual Property. He has also led seminars in the Commercial Law of Intellectual Property and in Law and Literature.

Professor Ward came to Maine after private practice in Burlington, Vermont and four years of law teaching at the University of South Carolina. While remaining firmly attached to Maine Law, he has been very active in the legal academy outside the state, having served as a Visiting Professor at Illinois, Notre Dame, Seattle University, and the National University of Ireland at Galway. His summer school assignments have included visits to UNH, Illinois, Boston College, Northeastern, Seattle, South Carolina and Lewis & Clark.

Professor Ward was co-chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Financing from 2001 until 2008 and currently serves as a research fellow for the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada). Professor Ward’s published works and presentations cover a range of topics in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy and intellectual property.

Selected Publications

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN COMMERCE (Thomson Reuters rev. ed. 2013). [Thomson Reuters]

Final Report – A Proposal For a Centralized and Integrated Registry For Security Interests in Intellectual Property, UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE STUDY TO ASSESS REQUIREMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH A CENTRALIZED REGISTRY FOR THE RECORDING OF SECURITY INTERESTS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (May 1, 2001) (co-reported with William J. Murphy; report published in William J. Murphy, Proposal for A Centralized and Integrated Registry for Security Interests in Intellectual Property, 41 IDEA 297 (2002)).

Additional Publications

Chapter 13: Security Interests in Intellectual Property under U.S. Law: The Existing Dissonance and Proposed Solutions, in LEVERAGING KNOWLEDGE ASSETS B (Howard Knapp ed., Thomson Carswell 2002) (with William J. Murphy).

Chapter 7E: Article Nine and the Lien Creditor, in BENDER’S UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE SERVICE REPORTER (LexisNexis 1992).

Dealing With the Expanded “Proceeds” Concept in Revised Article Nine When the Collateral is Intellectual Property, in IP AND COMMERCIAL LAW: QUICKSAND, MIRAGES AND OASES (A.B.A. Sec. Bus. L., Comm. Bus. Bankr. 2003).

Perfection and Priority Rules for Security Interests in Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks: The Current Structural Dissonance and Proposed Legislative Cures, 53 ME. L. REV. 391 (2001). [PDF]

Security Interests in Patents and Trademarks, in SURFING THE LAW: REAL-TIME BUSINESS APPLICATIONS OF NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS 109 (A.B.A, Sec. Bus. L. 2000).

Creating and Perfecting Security Interests in Intellectual Property, 9 ME. B.J. 154 (1994).

The Supreme Court Diminishes the “Redeeming” Qualities of the Bankruptcy Code in Dewsnup v. Timm, 1993-94 ANN. SURV. BANKR. L. 147 (1993).

Defining the Article Nine Security Interest: The Old Problems and a New Solution, 3 ME. B. J. 206 (1988).

Bankruptcy Reform: Ireland and America, 8 U.C.G. REC. 1 (1985) (Jefferson Smurfit Lecture).

In Defense of the Bankruptcy Code’s Radical Integration of the Preference Rules Affecting Commercial Financing, 61 WASH. U. L.Q. 1 (1983) (with J. Shulman).

Ordering the Judicial Process Lien and the Security Interest Under Article Nine: Meshing Two Different Worlds, 31 ME. L. REV. 223 (1981), reprinted in COOGAN, HOGAN & VAGTS, SECURED TRANSACTIONS UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (LexisNexis 1981) (chapter 7E). [PDF]

Psychotherapeutic Injury: Reshaping the Implied Contract as an Alternative to Malpractice, 58 N.C.L. REV. 63 (1979) (with S. Feldman).

Interstate Perfection of the Motor Vehicle Security Interest: A Bottleneck in Section 9-103, 34 ALB. L. REV. 251 (1971).