Silvia F. Faerman
Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Summer Law Program in Argentina
Abogada (Law Degree), 1984, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Member, Argentine Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6603
Silvia Faerman practiced law for 17 years in Argentina as a senior attorney with Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal and as chair of the legal department of Kearney & MacCulloch in Buenos Aires. She has extensive experience in the field of intellectual property law as a practitioner and scholar, and is a veteran litigator who has handled major intellectual property law cases. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States, South America and Europe on enforcement of intellectual property rights, trademark protection, non-competitive use and illegitimate use of third party trademarks and pharmaceutical patents.
"I try to convey to my students that lawyers in international practice should be open minded and understand that social and legal systems around the world are based on different histories, cultures and traditions. For this reason, what works perfectly in the U.S. may not work in other countries."
Professor Faerman began her affiliation with Southwestern as a visiting scholar from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996. She was appointed as assistant director of the law school's summer program in Buenos Aires two years later, and in 1999 became the program's co-director and an adjunct associate professor of law. Since 2000, she has been a member of the full-time faculty teaching Comparative Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative IP Law, Latin American Laws and Institutions, Introduction to American Law, and Law Journal Seminar, in addition to serving as director of the Buenos Aires summer program.
When she first moved to Los Angeles, Professor Faerman remembers, "I had to modify many of my legal assumptions, and some cultural assumptions as well." She applies that personal experience in her classes where she reminds her students, "Lawyers in international practice should be open minded and understand that social and legal systems around the world are based on different histories, cultures and traditions. For this reason, what works perfectly in the U.S. may not work in other countries. It is not possible to grasp another country’s legal system without learning about its culture, and it is difficult to successfully represent one’s client in her transactions with foreign businesses when one overlooks such important point. This has been my personal experience as a practicing lawyer in Argentina and a teacher in the U.S. that I try to convey to my students in all of the courses I teach on both domestic and international law."
Professor Faerman is a member of the influential intellectual and industrial property law associations in South America, and serves on the Fundacion Universitaria del Rio de la Plata where she is responsible for the selection of scholarship recipients for subsidized study in the United States. She is the author of scholarly articles on international trademark and patent protection with a focus on Argentine law.
Books and Chapters
Argentine Chapter in INTA COUNTRY GUIDES (International Trademark Association, 1996; 2002; 2004; 2006; online 2007; 2008)
Argentine Chapter in E-MARK ON TRADEMARK PROTECTION (Intellectual Property Network, S.A., 1996)
Argentine Chapter in INTERNATIONAL PATENT LITIGATION BOOK: A COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY ANALYSIS (1988)
Argentina: The New Patent Law and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), 8 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 157 (2001-2002)
Trademark Protection in Argentina: A Practitioner Primer, 4 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 183 (1997)
Payment of Damages for Trademark Infringement, 4 DERECHOS INTELECTUALES (1989)