McDermott, John T.

John T. McDermott

Distinguished Retired Faculty

John T. McDermott, Distinguished Retired Faculty

Courses Taught

  • Copyright Law
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Japanese Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law



  • AB, Middlebury College
  • JD, University of Denver 


John McDermott served as staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 1966-68. He then served as executive attorney for the Judicial Panel in Multidistrict Litigation in Washington, DC, from 1968-71. McDermott was a member of the faculty of the University of Montana School of Law, where he held the position of assistant professor and director of the Indian Law Program. He subsequently spent one year as visiting professor at Vermont Law School. McDermott, who joined the Loyola faculty in 1975, served as visiting professor with the Faculty of Law at Dokkyo University, Tokyo, Japan in 1990-91. He has lectured extensively throughout Asia on international dispute resolution and intellectual property. McDermott is the advisor and coach of the Loyola Vis International Arbitration Moot Team.

Selected Scholarship

  • "Intellectual Property:  Who Owns It?", in Selected Essays on Current Legal Issues (Athens Institute for Education and Research, David A. Frenkel & Carsten Gerner-Beuerle eds. 2008)
  • "Hilton Davis and the Doctrine of Equivalents: A Little Change, A Little Mischief," 37 IDEA [The Journal Of Law And Technology] 755 (1997)
  • "The Rule of Law in Hong Kong After 1997," 19 Loyola ICLJ 263 (July 1997)

Representative Academic Presentations

  • State Bar Intellectual Property Conference Presenter, "Protecting Designs as Trade Dress under the Lanham Act," LAWASIA Biannual Conference, Manila, Philippines (8/30/97)