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Ashley R. Dobbs

Director of Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic

Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice

  • Profile
    Ashley Dobbs is an Associate Professor of Law, Clinical Practice, and Director of the Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic. Through the Clinic, she and participating law students provide IP and business transactional legal services to entrepreneurs, non-profits, artists, and small businesses. Professor Dobbs brings 10 years of experience in private practice, including at Hogan Lovells, P.C., one of the world’s largest law firms, and at Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., where she was a shareholder. In practice, she advised clients on the acquisition, protection and commercialization of intellectual property. While in private practice, Professor Dobbs was named a “Rising Star in Intellectual Property” by Virginia Super Lawyers D.C. Super Lawyers. Prior to receiving her law degree, Professor Dobbs was an entrepreneur and founded her own consulting firm, offering strategic recommendations and business and marketing plans to Fortune 500 companies in the advertising, banking, cellular, and automotive industries.
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    • Presentations

      Presenter, "IP and Business Law for Entrepreneurs," Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, RVA Works (October 2021)


      Presenter, "Does Art Want to Be Free? Exploration of Copyright Law and Burning Man," Annual September Meeting, Atlanta IP Inn of Court (September 2021)


      Presenter, "IP and Asset Protection for Small Businesses," Mastermind Conference, ShopFixAcademy (July 2021)


      Moderator, "'Reckoning with our Past and Building for the Future' - Transactional Law Clinics ," 2021 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education , AALS (April 2021)


      Presenter, "IP and Business Law for Entrepreneurs," Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, RVA Works (April 2021)


      Presenter, "Advanced Design and Word Search Techniques for Trademarks," LES Webinar, Licensing Executives Society of USA an Canada (March 2021)


      Presenter, "Start-ups, Artists, & IP Protection," SIPLA Presents, Student IP Law Association (March 2021)


      Presenter, "Advanced Trademark Clearance Searching Techniques," Intellectual Property Section CLE, State Bar of Georgia (February 2021)


      Panelist, "Legal Concerns for Richmond's Start-up Community and Entrepreneurs," Inaugural Conference, Richmond Law & Business Forum (February 2021)


      Panelist, "Women in Technology Law," University of Richmond’s Journal of Law & Technology Spring Symposium, University of Richmond’s Journal of Law & Technology (February 2021)


      Presenter, "IP and Business Law for Entrepreneurs," Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, RVA Works (October 2020)


      Panelist, "'Superman Returns' - Entertainment and IP Joint Licensing Case Study," Lunch Presentation, Richmond Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society (April 2020)


      "Understanding Animal Law in Transactions," Animal Law course, University of Richmond School of Law ( 2019)


      "Does Art Want to Be Free? Copyright Law and Burning Man Principles," Plaisance (August 2019)


      "Law and Ethics in Business," WIBO: Assuring Lasting Success - Ethics and the Law, RVA Works (August 2019)


      Presenter, "Reclaiming Your Time: the Zen of Time and Productivity Management," 2019 Paralegal Seminar, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and Lunch & Learn, Hancock Daniel (August 2019)


      Presentations Prior to 2019

    • Memberships

      Member, Board of Directors, PetSmart Charities (2012 - present)

    • Bar Admissions

      Virginia


      District of Columbia


      United States Supreme Court

    • Professional Experience

      Associate Clinical Professor of Law (2019 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Director of the Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic (2015 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Principal (2015 - present)
      Dobbs Law PLLC


      Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (2015 - 2019)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Shareholder (2013 - 2015)
      Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., Arlington, VA


      Associate (2011 - 2013)
      Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., Arlington, VA


      Associate (2011 - 2011)
      Protorae Law PLLC, Tysons Corner, VA


      Attorney (2009 - 2010)
      Law Office of Ashley R. Dobbs, Alexandria, VA


      Associate (2005 - 2009)
      Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC


      Principal Business and Marketing Consultant (1997 - 2002)
      The Dobbs Group Inc., Long Beach, CA


      Account Operations Manager (1988 - 1997)
      Maritz, Inc.

  • Publications
    Magazines/Trade Publications

    Common Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make, BKK Business Law Newsletter (January 2014).

    Copyright Law 101: Your Guide to Copyright Law, Webcents Magazine (November 2012).

    Copyright Law: What Intellectual Property is Protected?, Small Business Trends (September 2012).

    Alert for Trademark Owners: Trademark Monitoring and Registration Scams, IP Frontline (June 2012).

    U.S. Copyright Termination - A Window is Opening, Intellectual Property Today (May 2012).

    Additional Publications

    Redskins Trademark Cancelled- Q&A with Bean, Kinney & Korman (June 2014).

    The USPTO Supplemental Trademark Register: Advantages and Disadvantages to Amending the Supplemental Register (July 2013).

    The Use of Youth as an Aggravating Factor in Death Penalty Cases Involving Minors Juvenile Justice Update 1 (2004) (Article cited in Roper v. Simmons, Respondent’s Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.).

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