Lars S. Smith is the Samuel J. Stallings Professor of Law at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He will act as director of the University of Louisville's first law clinic during the 2008-09 school year.
Smith teaches in the areas of intellectual property, particularly trademark law, as well as in property and commercial law. His scholarship focuses on issues related to trademarks and trade dress, as well as the intersection of commercial and intellectual property law. Smith's article Trade Distinctiveness: Solving Scalia's Tertium Quid Trade Dress Conundrum, was selected as one of the leading intellectual property articles by the Intellectual Property Law Review.
His recent work has focused on the challenge of applying existing intellectual property legal structures on new technologies. In his article RFID and Other Embedded Technologies: Who Owns the Data Smith looks at the emerging tracking technology of radio frequency identification, and what property rights exist in automatically generated data contained on RFID chips.
In a follow up article, RFID in the Supply Chain: Panacea or Pandora's Box?, co-authored with Dr. Brian L. Dos Santos, the Frazier Family Professor of Computer Information Systems, Smith and Dos Santos explore the effect of these current legal rules on the use of radio frequency identification in the product supply chain.