Directors & Staff
- Taisuke Goto, Visiting Research Fellow
- David Lund, John F. Witherspoon Legal Fellow
- Kevin Madigan, Legal Fellow
- Vanessa Pierce Rollins, Affiliate Fellow
- Bhamati Viswanathan, Legal Fellow
Sean O’Connor, Professor of Law and Faculty Director
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8937
Sean O’Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He was previously Boeing International Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. His research focuses on intellectual property and business law with regard to start-ups and commercializing technology and arts innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the strategic role of the general counsel. Professor O’Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Massachusetts. He is currently completing a book, The Means of Innovation: Creation, Control, Method+ology, and serving as Editor for a new Handbook of Music Law & Policy, both to be published by Oxford University Press. His scholarly articles can be downloaded here.
Joshua Kresh, Deputy Director
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8241
Joshua Kresh is the Deputy Director of the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He was previously an Associate with DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., where he practiced patent litigation. Joshua received his law degree with honors from The George Washington University Law School, and he holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Brandeis University. Joshua is the Chair of AIPLA’s New Lawyers Committee and Co-Mentoring Chair of the Giles Rich American Inn of Court, and he is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He previously served on the Intellectual Property Committee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council.
Sandra Aistars, Director of Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8158
Sandra Aistars is Director of Copyright Research and Policy and a Senior Scholar at the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2). She also leads the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. Professor Aistars has over twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators.
Immediately prior to joining Scalia Law, Professor Aistars was the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance – a nonprofit, public interest organization that represents the interests of artists and creators across the creative spectrum. While at Scalia Law, she continues to collaborate with the Copyright Alliance as a member of its Academic Advisory Board. Professor Aistars currently serves on the boards of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ), and she is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA). Professor Aistars has also previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. She began her legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Kristina Pietro, Director of Operations and Events
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8177
Kristina Pietro joined C-IP2 in November of 2013. Prior to joining C-IP2, Kristina was a Meetings Coordinator for Association Innovation Management, a scientific association management company. Kristina is a 2012 graduate of George Mason University, earning a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations.
Mary Clare Durel, Program Assistant
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8743
Mary Clare Durel graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.A. in English and joined C-IP2 in May 2019.
Jonathan Barnett, Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy & Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (213) 740-4792
Jonathan Barnett is the Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy and a Senior Scholar at C-IP2. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where he is also Director of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Program. He specializes in intellectual property, antitrust and corporate law, with a focus on the transactional functions of intellectual property rights in information technology and content markets. Barnett has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Institutional Economics, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Journal of Corporation Law, Journal of Legal Studies, Review of Law & Economics, Jurimetrics and other scholarly journals. His scholarly articles can be downloaded here and here.
Most recently, Professor Barnett’s research has focused on the empirical and historical study of standard-setting, patent pools and licensing structures in information technology and other innovation markets. In 2018, Professor Barnett discussed the Supreme Court case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, in a piece that appeared in Regulation, published by the Cato Institute. In 2017, Professor Barnett was the co-lead author in an amicus brief signed by 44 law and economics scholars in the Supreme Court case, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.
Professor Barnett joined USC Law in 2006 and was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in fall 2010. Prior to academia, Barnett practiced corporate law as a senior associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, specializing in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He was also a visiting assistant professor at Fordham University School of Law in New York. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a MPhil from Cambridge University and a JD from Yale Law School.
Eric Claeys, Senior Fellow for Scholarly Initiatives
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8247
Eric R. Claeys is Senior Fellow for Scholarly Initiatives at C-IP2. He is Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. Professor Claeys is visiting Harvard Law School in spring of 2018, and he was a visiting fellow in spring of 2017 at his alma mater, Princeton University, in the Politics Department’s James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions. Professor Claeys is also a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to the Restatement (Fourth) of Property. Professor Claeys writes on the influence of theories of labor and flourishing on property and intellectual property. He has written on trade secrecy, remedies for IP infringement, and flourishing-based justifications for IP rights. Professor Claeys’s scholarly articles may be downloaded here.
Chris Holman, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences & Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (816) 235-2384
Chris Holman joined C-IP2 as a Senior Scholar in 2014, and he became the Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at C-IP2 in August 2020. He is a Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where his primary research focus lies at the intersection of intellectual property and biotechnology. He has published numerous articles in law reviews and scientific publications such as Science, Cell, and Nature Biotechnology, and has authored amicus briefs in a number of important biotechnology patent cases at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit. In 2008 he was awarded the Daniel L Brenner Faculty Publishing Award for an influential law review article on human gene patent litigation. Prior to becoming a law professor, Holman served as vice-president of intellectual property and patent counsel at several Silicon Valley biotechnology companies and worked as an associate at a major intellectual property law firm. He was also a tenure-track chemistry professor in the California State University system.
Erika Lietzan, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: 573-882-6753
Erika Lietzan is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2. She is William H. Pittman Professor of Law & Timothy J. Heinsz Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she teaches and writes in the areas of drug and device regulation, intellectual property, and administrative law. Her primary research focus lies at the intersection of intellectual property law and FDA regulation of medical products. Her scholarship has focused on the new drug research and development paradigm and its impact on incentives to innovate, innovation and competition in the marketplace for biological medicines, the incentive for generic drug applicants to challenge innovator patents, data exclusivity for drug and biological medicine innovators, and mandatory public disclosure of clinical data in drug applications, among other issues. Her articles can be downloaded here.
Professor Lietzan brings to her scholarship and teaching eighteen years of private practice experience, eight of them as a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. She received her law degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in history from UCLA, and bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina.
Kristen Osenga, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (804) 289-8112
Kristen Osenga joined C-IP2 as a Senior Scholar in 2014. She is a Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation. Her scholarship has focused on patent eligible subject matter, commercialization of patented innovation, and the intersection of law and linguistics in patent claim construction, among other aspects of patent law. Her scholarly articles can be downloaded here. Professor Osenga is a frequent speaker at symposia on patent law and intellectual property and has made numerous presentations to academic, bar, and industry audiences. Prior to joining academia, she practice patent law and clerked for Judge Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Eric Priest, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (541) 346-0414
Eric Priest joined C-IP2 as a Senior Scholar in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he teaches and researches in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on copyright law in the information age and creative industry ecosystems in the U.S. and China. Before joining the Oregon Law faculty in 2009, he was a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society working on the NOANK Digital Media Exchange project in China, a collective licensing project for the monetized, legal distribution of digital works over peer-to-peer networks. At the Berkman Center, he also researched and analyzed Internet censorship and surveillance practices in several Asian countries for the center’s OpenNet Initiative. Previously, Eric was an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His scholarly publications can be downloaded here.
Eric currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue expert panel, which involves a multi-round dialog in Washington D.C. and China between U.S. and Chinese experts on the most challenging IP issues facing China. The National Committee on U.S.–China Relations recently named him a 2014–2016 Public Intellectuals Program Fellow. Eric holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.
Mark Schultz, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (618) 453-8750
Professor Mark F. Schultz is the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Endowed Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Program at the University of Akron School of Law. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of intellectual property. Prior to coming to Akron, he was a professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law for 16 years and was co-founder and a leader of the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2; then the Center for the Protecction of Intellectual Property (CPIP)) at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., where he remains a non-resident Senior Scholar. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Geneva Network, a UK-based think tank focused on international IP, trade, and public health.
His research concerns the law and economics of the global intellectual property system. As an influential voice in public policy debates regarding intellectual property, he speaks frequently around the world about the connection between secure and effective intellectual property rights and flourishing national economies and individual lives. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on copyright issues at the invitation of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He has spoken at programs hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Copyright Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Trade Organization, as well as numerous academic institutions, think tanks, and industry groups. He currently is chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance.
Ted Sichelman, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (619) 260-7512
Ted Sichelman is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2. He is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he is also Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets and Executive Director of the Center for Computation, Mathematics, and the Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, intellectual property, law and entrepreneurship, empirical legal studies, law and economics, and law and artificial intelligence.
Professor Sichelman’s works have been or will be published in the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and many other journals and books. Professor Sichelman’s publications have been highly cited. As of April 2016, his articles Commercializing Patents and Life After Bilski are the first and second most-cited of all intellectual property law articles published since 2010 (according to HeinOnline). Life After Bilski has also been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (Mayo v. Prometheus (2012)) and over 20 other judicial opinions. Professor Sichelman’s articles can be downloaded here.
Professor Sichelman has participated in a number of U.S. Supreme Court cases, including playing a substantial role in a win for an injured employee in MetLife v. Glenn (2008); drafting an amicus brief in the patent case, Bilski v. Kappos (2010), in which the court largely adopted the recommendations and reasoning of the brief; and drafting amicus briefs in three other important patent cases, Global-Tech v. SEB (2011), Impression Products v. Lexmark International (2017), and TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods (2017). In 2011, he worked with the office of U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren to draft proposed language for the recently passed America Invents Act, the most substantial revision to the Patent Act since 1952. In 2012, he served on the Lieutenant Governor of California’s task force to place a satellite office of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in California.
Professor Sichelman earned an undergraduate degree in the History of Philosophy of Science, with distinction, from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Physics from Florida State University. He founded and ran a venture capital-backed software and services company, Unified Dispatch, which was later acquired by a publicly traded company. Professor Sichelman designed the company’s software and is a named inventor on several issued and filed patents and applications. After graduating from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, he clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He practiced in the areas of intellectual property litigation and appeals at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Irell & Manella and is currently Of Counsel at Progress, LLP, an IP boutique law firm based in California. In 2008 and 2009, he was a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellow at the UC Berkeley School of Law. In 2016, he was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.
Tabrez Ebrahim, Scholar
Direct Dial: (512) 961-2581
Professor Ebrahim is a Scholar at C-IP2 and an Associate Professor at California Western School of Law. He is a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Iowa College of Law in Fall 2021 and is a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Spring 2022.
His primary scholarship concerns patent law, law and technology, and entrepreneurship and business law. Professor Ebrahim’s research focuses on the intersection of business, law, and technology, with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and digital platforms.
He is an Ostrom Visiting Scholar at Indiana University (Bloomington), a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Governance and Technology Center (NGTC), and a Visiting Associate Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Professor Ebrahim is a recipient of a Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship and a Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship research grant from CPIP. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management in England, and is a registered U.S. patent attorney.
Dmitry Karshtedt, Scholar
Direct Dial: (202) 994-5725
Dmitry Karshtedt is a Scholar at C-IP2, and his primary research interest is in patent law. His legal scholarship has been published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and Iowa Law Review, among other outlets, and cited in three of the leading patent law casebooks, a casebook on intellectual property, and three treatises. Professor Karshtedt’s academic work has won several awards, including the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize and the scholarship grant for judicial clerks sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.
Before going into law, Professor Karshtedt completed a Ph.D. in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a staff scientist for a semiconductor materials startup. He is a co-author on five scientific publications and a co-inventor on twelve U.S. patents. Professor Karshtedt received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as the Senior Symposium Editor for the Stanford Law Review. Professor Karshtedt practiced in the Patent Counseling and Innovation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and clerked for the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Immediately prior to starting his position at GW, Professor Karshtedt was a Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.
Direct Dial: (703) 993-3879
Hina Mehta is a Scholar at C-IP2. As the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University, she oversees all aspects of bringing university-initiated innovations to the marketplace. She is responsible for developing strategies for marketing, licensing and commercialization of intellectual property developed by university investigators. At Mason, she mentors faculty led teams in NSF funded entrepreneurship programs such as I-Corps. She brings together industry experts to assess the portfolio of multi-disciplinary inventions and facilitates seed funding through intramural mechanisms. Her previous experience includes biomedical research, strategic consulting and co-founding a startup. Hina is passionate about community service, and devotes her free time to three nonprofit organizations and is a recipient of Maryland Governor’s citation and Volunteer Excellence Service Award. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, India and an MBA from Robert H. Smith School of Business, Univ. of Maryland.
Yogesh Pai, Scholar
Dr. Yogesh Pai is a Scholar at C-IP2 and an Assistant Professor at National Law University Delhi (NLUD). He is the Co-Director of Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) at National Law University Delhi. He is also in-charge of the IPR Chair at NLU Delhi established by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
His primary scholarship concerns intellectual property (IP) law at the intersection of innovation policy, competition law and trade law. He was the Thomas Edison Fellow (2017-18) at the George Mason University, Washington D.C. In the fall of 2012, Yogesh visited the School of Law, University of Washington as the Asian Law Centre short-term Visiting Scholar. He is on the roster of consultants with the World Trade Organisation for teaching at the Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPC) and has been a tutor with the WIPO Academy Distance Learning Programme. Yogesh serves on the Editorial Board of the WIPO-WTO Teachers Colloquium Annual Research Papers.
He has taught at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, as a guest faculty and as a visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. Yogesh has a PhD from the Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies, CUSAT, Kochi, in the area of Regulation of Standard-Essential Patents in India. He has previously worked with the National Law University, Jodhpur, Centad, New Delhi and the South Centre, Geneva.
In 2013, Yogesh was nominated as a legal member in a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health, Government of India, for invoking provisions of compulsory licensing under the Patents Act, 1970, in the context of affordable healthcare. Yogesh was also the member of an expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Commerce to study the need for utility models in India (2013). He was also part of the Committee for Evaluation and Continuation of the Scheme of Promotion of Copyright and IPR Beyond the 12th Five Year Plan (2012- 2017) constituted by the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce.