Rita S. Heimes
Senior Fellow

Rita Heimes joined Maine Law in 2001 as director of the Center for Law + Innovation. Under her leadership, the Center became a statewide resource for intellectual property education and counseling, home to the law school’s Intellectual Property Clinic, and a national leader in data protection and information privacy law.

At Maine Law, Professor Heimes teaches courses in intellectual property law, copyright and trademark law. She also works with students in the IP Clinic, one of only a few in the nation to achieve certification from the US Patent and Trademark Office in both trademark and patent law. Through the USPTO certification, Maine Law students may prepare and file patent and trademark applications on behalf of Maine inventors and small businesses.

Prof. Heimes has also helped Maine Law grow one of the leading information privacy and data protection programs in the country. Partnering with the world’s largest privacy organization, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Center for Law + Innovation developed a summer institute in information privacy that is now a feature in the law school’s curriculum. She also helped create the school’s privacy track, which includes an externship and free access to the IAPP’s privacy professional certification.

In 2012, Prof. Heimes served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

She received her BA in Journalism with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa in 1990, and a JD with honors from Drake University Law School in 1993. Following law school, she clerked with the Honorable Robert Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law with firms in Seattle, Boulder and Portland.

Selected Publications

Lawyers and Innovation, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (Lateef Mtima ed., Edward Elgar Publ'g) (forthcoming 2014). [SSRN]

Trademarks, Identity, and Justice
, 11 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 133 (2011). [SSRN]

Technology Use Agreements, State Laws and the Pre-Emption Doctrine, in

Ocean Management & Planning in the United States: From Competition to Cooperation

Post-Sale Restrictions on Patented Seeds: Which Law Governs?
, 10 WAKE FOREST INTELL. PROP. L.J. 98 (2010). [SSRN]

Ocean Planning and the Gulf of Maine: Exploring Bi-National Policy Options
, 15 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 293 (2010) (co-authored with Lucia Fanning). [PDF] [SSRN]
Additional Publications

Creating a Mouse Academic Research Commons, 27 NATURE BIOTECH. 890 (2009) (co-authored with David Einhorn). [Nature.com]

Managing a Fishery Through Contract: Legal Issues Raised by Sector Operating Agreements in the New England Multispecies Fishery
, 14 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 17 (2008). [SSRN]

Patent Trolls Prey on SMEs
, in PATENT TROLLS: LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 122 (C Sri Krishna ed., Amicus Books, Icfai U. Press 2008).

Climate Change in the Northwest Atlantic, Ctr. for L. & Innovation
, U. of Me. Sch. of L. (2007) (editor).

Legal Guide for Maine Harbormasters, Marine L. Inst., U. of Me. Sch. of L.
(2006) (editor).

From Laboratory to Marketplace: The Capacity of Maine’s Research Institutions for Innovation and Technology Transfer, U. of Me. Sch. of L. (2004).

Panel Discussion, Symposium, Internet Privacy Law, Policy and Practice: State, Federal and International Perspectives
, 54 ME L. REV. 95 (2002).

Reaching into Cyberspace with Maine’s Long-Arm Statute
, 14 ME. B.J. 306 (1999). [Harvard]

Liability for Passive Disposal of Hazardous Waste under CERCLA
, 42 DRAKE L. REV. 255 (1993). [HeinOnline]
Rita Heimes

B.A., University of Iowa
J.D., Drake University Law School

Office Phone: (207)780-4355

Research Interests:

Intellectual Property & Social Justice
Innovation & Economic Development
Information Privacy & Cybersecurity Law