Brief Bio

Sam Ricketson is a Professor in the Law School who has written widely and taught in all areas of IP law. He also practised part-time at the Victorian Bar until mid-2015, principally in intellectual property.

Sam Ricketson holds degrees from the Universities of Melbourne and London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.

Prior to his appointment to the University of Melbourne in November 2000, Sam was the Sir Keith Aickin Professor of Commercial Law at Monash University. Before this, he had held positions at the University of Melbourne (1977 to 1991) and in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London(1984-1986).

Sam has written, taught and advised widely in all areas of intellectual property law (copyright and designs, patents, trade marks and unfair competition, and breach of confidence), conflicts of law, trade practices and corporate law. He has also held various professional as well as governmental appointments in the intellectual property area, including membership of the Commonwealth Copyright Tribunal.

He is currently a panel member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s dispute resolution body in relation to domain names and is a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Brands and Commercial Reputation (Spring 2012)
  • Intellectual Property Law: A General Introduction (Spring 2012)