Viva R. Moffat

Professor; Co-Director, Intellectual Property Law

  • Faculty


Contracts, Intellectual Property

Professional Biography

Viva Moffat began her academic career at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as an assistant professor after seven years in private practice and one year as a visiting professor. While in law school at the University of Virginia, Moffat was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Robert R. Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Seattle. Following the clerkship, Moffat was an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where she had a general commercial litigation practice. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Moffat's practice focused on intellectual property litigation and transactions, sparking her interest in teaching and writing in the field of intellectual property. Moffat teaches courses on intellectual property and contracts. Her scholarship concerns intellectual property policy and the interaction among the various legal regimes for the protection of intellectual property.


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
  • MA, American History, University of Virginia, 1993
  • AB, History, Political Science, Stanford University, 1991

Featured Publications

Human Capital as Intellectual Property? Non-Competes and the Limits of IP Protection, 50 Akron Law Review 28 (2017).
Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents, and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry, co-authored with Sam Kamin, Washington & Lee Law Review 40 (2016).
Borrowed Fiction and the Rightful Copyright Position, 32 Cardozo Art & Entertainment Law Journal 62 pages (2014).