Professor Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1998. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (JD), and Temple University School of Law (LLM).
Professor Gibbons teaches Antitrust, Copyright, Cyberlaw, Ecommerce, Intellectual Property Licensing & Management, Intellectual Property Survey, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), Secured Transactions, Torts, and Trademark law. His primary areas of research include both international and domestic intellectual property law, online dispute resolution, intellectual property licensing and management, technology transfer, ecommerce, and cyber-law.
Professor Gibbons is responsible for coordinating the College of Law’s certificate program in Intellectual Property Law, the joint Juris Doctor/Masters in Engineering, and other joint degree programs involving the sciences.
Professor Gibbons was appointed to the rank of a Distinguished University Professor effective July 1, 2017. A Distinguished University Professor is the highest permanent honor the University of Toledo can bestow on a faculty member. Those named Distinguished University Professor by The University of Toledo Board of Trustees have earned national or international recognition and distinction for their educational, artistic or scholarly contributions that have been transformative in their field.
Nationally, Professor Gibbons is actively involved with legal education and law reform. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; in 2010, he was the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups; and he has served on the AALS Minority Groups Section’s Executive Committee since 2006. He has also served as a secretary or executive board member for several AALS sections, and is a past-president of the Central States Association of Law Schools. Professor Gibbons publishes widely and is frequently in the top 10% for Social Science Research Network (SSRN) downloads. Several of his articles have been cited by federal or state courts.
Internationally, Professor Gibbons is a recognized scholar. In 2017, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) (Wuhan, China) named Professor Gibbons a Wenlan Scholar Chair of Law. The Wenlan Scholar Chair is a three-year chaired professorship. ZUEL awards this honor to internationally recognized scholars with a high level of achievement in their fields who are also full-time faculty at internationally recognized institutions outside China or Chinese faculty at National Key Universities, and it is one of the highest levels of recognition of scholarly and professional achievement granted by ZUEL. ZUEL is a National Key University, and it is one of the top 10 specialist finance, economic and juristic universities in China. He has spoken at conferences or presented papers in countries such as Argentina, China, Hong Kong (SAR, China), Italy, Finland, Lithuania, and Switzerland. In spring 2006 and again in spring 2007, Professor Gibbons was honored to be selected as a Fulbright Scholar. He was assigned to Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) in Wuhan China. Zhongnan University of Economics and Law is the home of the “national center” for study of intellectual property rights. He is currently a fellow of the Center for the Study of Intellectual Property Rights (ZUEL). He is also a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, and a former Abraham L. Freedman Fellow, Temple University School of Law, and a former Junior Fellow, University of Toledo Humanities Center.
Professor Gibbons has been a visiting professor at Michigan State College of Law, Zhongnan University of Law and Economics (ZUEL), Beijing Foreign Studies University, and China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Gibbons has also taught in the U.S. Law program at the University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary) and the University of Silesia (Katowice, Poland).
Professor Gibbons was a panelist for e-Resolution; one of the original four ICANN then recognized Internet domain name dispute resolution services. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Gibbons was an Adjunct Professor at Franklin Pierce, an Assistant Professor at the University of Orlando, and a Lecturer-in-Law at Temple University School of Law. Professor Gibbons also was a Court Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Teachers Association.