Cathay Y. N. Smith is a Professor of Law at the University of Montana and Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford. She teaches courses on intellectual property law, property law, and art and cultural property law, and her scholarship focuses on copyright and trademark law, IP theory, art law, and cultural property and heritage law. She served as the 2022 Chair of the IP Section of the Association of American Law School (AALS).
Before joining the faculty at the University of Montana Blewett School of Law, Professor Smith taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as a Whiting Fellow, and practiced as an intellectual property attorney in Chicago with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. While in private practice, she represented multinational technology, fashion, and entertainment and media corporations on intellectual property issues and disputes.