Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.

University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development



“Our current standard of living comes from technological progress, and technological progress comes from two things. First, humans can innovate. We can come up with new and better ways of accomplishing any given task. Second, we can copy. What good would the discovery of fire or the wheel have done but for others’ ability to see that discovery and copy it? The legal rules that we call intellectual property strive to strike the right balance so that we can both innovate and copy, and thereby ensure continued technological progress.”

Get to Know Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.

What drew you to the law?

I was always interested in the law as I grew up. Even as I got my engineering degree at Texas A&M, I knew that I eventually wanted to be a lawyer. The law provides the framework of rules we all live by, and lawyers play prominent roles in all levels of our government and industry.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy interacting with students and helping them gain an understanding of what the law is and what it can be.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

My first year of law school, I thought I was there to learn the law. Turns out, that’s not really the case. What I learned, and what I hope my students learn, is how to determine for themselves both what the law is and what it should be.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

Before law school, I was a production engineer for Chevron in the Los Angeles basin. After law school, I had the privilege of clerking for one of the great federal judges of the twentieth century, the Honorable John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I’m a fairly serious runner and triathlete.

What are your research interests?

In my research, I use economic analysis to understand more clearly the trade-offs that patent, copyright and trademark protection create.


Link to my publications.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


  • Patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and the right of publicity
  • Law and economics
  • Public choice


  • ​Trademarks


Academic Experience

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
    Texas A&M University School of Law (Fall 2023-present)
  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-present)
  • Joseph Merrick Jones Chair
    Tulane University School of Law (2014-2015)
  • McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law
    Tulane University School of Law (2006-2014)
  • Professor of Law
    Tulane University School of Law (1999-2006)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Tulane University School of Law (1994-1999)
  • Assistant Professor of Law
    Tulane University School of Law (1991-1994)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Vanderbilt University School of Law (Fall 2005)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Washington University School of Law – St. Louis (Spring 2005)
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    University of Texas School of Law (Summer 1993)


  • M.A., Ph.D. in Economics, Tulane University
  • J.D., Stanford Law School
    • Stanford Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University

Awards / Honors

  • University Distinguished Professo​r, Texas A&M University, 2020
  • “Trademark Monopolies,” 48 Emory Law Journal 367 (1999):  Winner of the 1999 Ladas Memorial Award as the Outstanding Article on Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Other Professional Activities

Congressional Testimony

  • The Scope of Copyright Protection, House Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, Jan. 14, 2014