Directors & Staff
Jurist in Residence
- Chief Judge Susan G. Braden (Ret.), Jurist in Residence
- John F. Duffy, Senior Scholar
- Jon M. Garon, Senior Scholar
- Chris Holman, Senior Scholar
- F. Scott Kieff, Senior Scholar
- Erika Lietzan, Senior Scholar
- Daryl Lim, Senior Scholar
- Irina D. Manta, Senior Scholar
- Kristen Osenga, Senior Scholar
- Eric Priest, Senior Scholar
- Mark Schultz, Senior Scholar
- Ted Sichelman, Senior Scholar
Practitioners in Residence
- Masami Kawase, Visiting Scholar
- 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, Managing Director
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8241
Joshua Kresh is the Managing 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.
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 is a graduate of George Mason University and joined C-IP2 in 2019.
Judge Susan G. Braden (Ret.), Jurist in Residence
Judge Susan G. Braden is Jurist in Residence at C-IP2. From July 2003-April 2019, Judge Braden served on the United States Court of Federal Claims, which has exclusive jurisdiction over claims against the federal government for money damages, including those concerning patent and copyright infringement and government contracts. In March 2017, she was designated as Chief Judge. During her tenure, she issued 456 precedential opinions awarding over $1 billion.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Braden litigated complex cases in federal trial and appellate courts, both in private practice and on behalf of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Her work in intellectual property law received favorable notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and was featured in Interfaces on Trial, Intellectual Property In the Global Software Industry.
Following her retirement, she was appointed as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, the Board of Directors of the United Inventors Association, and as a Jurist In Residence at the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. In 2020, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve a three-year term on USPTO’s Private Patent Advisory Committee, where she is Co-Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee and a Member of the Artificial Intelligence and IT and Outreach: International & Regional Office Subcommittees. In addition, she is one of ten individuals appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative to serve for a three-year term to represent the U.S. in disputes arising under the U.S. States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. She also continues as a Judicial Advisor to the American Law Institute’s RESTATEMENT OF COPYRIGHT LAW project. In 2021, Judge Braden was named by the World IP Forum as one of the most influential women in intellectual property law.
Judge Braden currently serves on the Board of Directors of two privately held companies that create and sell computer software and artificial intelligence. In addition, she on the Board of a major construction company based in Washington, D.C. Judge Braden is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s M&A, Intellectual Property/Technology, and Large Complex Commercial Panels and serves as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Corporate Monitor for FEDARB.
Judge Braden received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from the School of Law. In addition, she attended Post-Graduate Courses and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and graduated from Georgetown University Business Administration Program.
Sandra Aistars, Senior Fellow for Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8158
Sandra Aistars is Senior Fellow for 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 Howard Intellectual Property Program (HIPP), and she has previously served as 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.
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 & Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8247
Eric R. Claeys is the Senior Fellow for Scholarly Initiatives and a Senior Scholar 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.
Emily Michiko Morris, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences & Scholar
Direct Dial: (330) 972-6468
David L. Brennan Endowed Chair, Associate Professor, and Associate Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology, University of Akron School of Law
Emily Michiko Morris is the Senior Fellow for Life Sciences and a Scholar and Edison Fellow at C-IP2. An experienced teacher and researcher specializing in patent law, particularly as it relates to biotechnology and university research, Prof. Morris is also an expert on regulatory issues related to the pharmaceutical industry. Her research focuses on comparative law and comparative intellectual property law as well.
Professor Morris’ work on patentable subject matter, the Hatch-Waxman Act, and the Bayh-Dole Act, patent claim construction and scope, international IP agreements, and the discriminatory effects of IP registration has been published in books and leading journals, such as the CONNECTICUT LAW REVIEW, the WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW, the STANFORD TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW, and the HARVARD JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW. Professor Morris also is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a three-year, $250,000 fellowship as an Eastern Scholar at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, where she lived and worked for a year as a visiting professor. She has been invited to speak at conferences and teach at universities all over the world, including China, Egypt, South Korea, Israel, Switzerland, and Vietnam.
Professor Morris has taught a variety of courses in intellectual property law, law and medicine, and comparative law as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, an Associate Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, a Visiting Associate Professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and as an adjunct assistant professor and Humphrey Fellow in Law and Economic Policy at the John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics, University of Michigan Law School. Before joining academia, Professor Morris earned her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an articles editor on the Michigan Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Professor Morris clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced for three years as an associate in the Issue & Appeals group in the Washington D.C. of Jones Day.
John F. Duffy, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (434) 243-8544
Professor John F. Duffy is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2 and the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Duffy received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College in 1985 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1989. Prior to entering academics, Professor Duffy clerked for Stephen Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States and also served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.
Professor Duffy is the co-author of a leading casebook on patent law, Patent Law and Policy (6th ed. 2013) (with Robert Patrick Merges) and has published articles on a wide range of regulatory and intellectual property issues in journals such as University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, NYU Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Supreme Court Review. His 2008 article “Are Administrative Patent Judges Unconstitutional?” was covered on National Public Radio (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90245762) and in the New York Times (Adam Liptak, In One Flaw, Questions on Validity of 46 Judges, May 6, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/washington/06bar.html). The article subsequently led to the enactment of legislation that restructured the appointment process for patent judges.
Professor Duffy also consults on litigation and has served as counsel for parties or amici in cases such as KSR v. Teleflex, 550 U.S. 398 (2007), Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. Gateway, Inc., 580 F. 3d 1301 (Fed. Cir. 2009), Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. 593 (2010), Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Co., 598 F. 3d 1336 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (en banc), TC Heartland. v. Kraft Foods, 137 S.Ct. 1514 (2017), Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 138 S.Ct. 1365 (2018), and Helsinn v. Teva, 139 S. Ct. 628 (2019).
Jon M. Garon, Senior Scholar
Jon M. Garon is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2 and Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, and Technology Law program at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, teaching Constitutional Law, Contracts, Privacy Law, Entertainment Law, and many other courses. He is a nationally recognized authority on entertainment law, copyright, information privacy, technology regulation, and free speech. He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles, and he has presented at more than 200 programs. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.
Professor Garon served as dean for NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law 2014-2020, providing strategic leadership on programming, curriculum, enrollment management, marketing, and finance. Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute, serving from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute works to integrate specialized courses and training on technology and information systems across legal disciplines. He also served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and interim dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Dean Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.
Professor Garon’s recent and forthcoming books include Parenting for the Digital Generation – The Parent’s Guide to Digital Education and the Online Environment (2021 Rowman & Littlefield); Law Professor’s Desk Reference (2021 Carolina Academic Press); Intellectual Property Law and Practice: A Contemporary Approach (2022 West Academic); A Short and Happy Guide to Privacy and Cybersecurity Law (2020 West Academic); The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 3d Ed. 2021); Entertainment Law and Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2020); The Entrepreneur’s Intellectual Property & Business Handbook (2d. Ed. Manegiere Publications 2018); and The Pop Culture Business Handbook for Cons and Festivals (Manegiere Publications 2017).
Professor Garon is also the author of Burn Rate (2019), a cybercrime mystery novel.
Chris Holman, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (816) 235-2384
Chris Holman joined C-IP2 as a Senior Scholar in 2014, and he served as the Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at C-IP2 from August 2020 though August 2021. 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.
F. Scott Kieff, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (202) 994-4644
The Honorable F. Scott Kieff is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2 and the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at GW Law School. Formerly a Commissioner of the US International Trade Commission, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. He also has served as a senior government advisor during the Bush, Obama, and Trump Presidential Administrations on national security and economics. Through Kieff Strategies LLC he brings together fellow academics and former government officials to help firms in technology, finance, business, and law by conducting investigations and crisis management and providing strategic consulting, expert advice and testimony, as well as neutral services including mediation, arbitration, and compliance monitoring. A former law clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich, and graduate of MIT and Penn Law School, he was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2012.
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.
Daryl Lim, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (312) 427-2737, Ext. 121
Daryl Lim is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2 and Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Privacy Law at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. The IP Center is a founding IP institution in the United States and is consistently ranked as offering one of the premier IP programs in the country.
Professor Lim is an award-winning author, observer, and commentator of global trends in IP and competition policy and how they influence and are influenced by law, technology, economics, and politics. He regularly engages senior government officials, corporate leaders, civil society organizations, and law firms at national and international conferences.
His featured publications have appeared or will appear in the Stanford Technology Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review Online, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, Florida Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review Online, Pepperdine Law Review, SMU Law Review in peer-reviewed books and journals in Europe and Asia, including Cambridge University Press.
Thomson Reuters (West) selected two of his articles as the best IP articles of the year, in 2018 and 2021. He has also contributed to practitioner-focused publications for the American Bar Association, Law360, IPWatchdog, IP Watch, and IP Magazine. In addition, his views on current developments have featured on legal publications, specialty blogs such as Patently-O, and mainstream media sources such as Forbes, Slate, The Daily Journal, RealClearPolicy, and USA Today.
Irina D. Manta, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (516) 463-5865
Professor Manta is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2. Her research spans legal issues involving intellectual property, torts, the Internet, privacy, national security, and immigration. She has a particular interest in the intersection between the law and the social sciences, and especially psychology and economics. Professor Manta has published or has forthcoming work in the New York University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Emory Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, Iowa Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, among others. She is also a co-author for a textbook on criminal law issues in intellectual property and blogs for The Volokh Conspiracy. In 2014, she received the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publications, which is awarded to two junior faculty members across all disciplines at Hofstra University. Professor Manta has given well over a hundred talks nationally and internationally, and in 2018 served as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
Before joining the law school faculty in 2012, Professor Manta was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2007 to 2009. Professor Manta has also served on the faculties of Fordham Law School, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, The George Washington University Law School, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for the 2006-2007 term.
While earning her J.D. at Yale Law School, Professor Manta was the grand prize winner of the Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Competition. She also served as tributes editor of the Yale Law Journal, articles editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in psychology. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Scientific American, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Salon, Newsweek, Yahoo! News, International Business Times, and The Conversation, as well as on SCOTUSBlog.
During her time in the academy, Professor Manta has taught Torts, Property, Intellectual Property Survey, Trademarks, Copyright, International Intellectual Property, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information, Intellectual Property Colloquium, Law & Social Science, and a variety of other intellectual property courses.
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 C-IP2. 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.
Camilla A. Hrdy, Scholar
Direct Dial: (330) 972-6752
Professor Camilla A. Hrdy is a Scholar at C-IP2 and the Research Professor in Intellectual Property Law at University of Akron School of Law. She is an affiliated fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project and (starting in fall 2021) a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law.
Her primary teaching areas are Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Patents, and Civil Procedure. Professor Hrdy’s research focuses on intellectual property law; innovation and economic development; the history of patent law; intellectual property and federalism; the law and policy of trade secrets, trademarks, and unfair competition; and the relationship between intellectual property law, innovation, and human well-being.
Her articles have appeared in various law journals, including Stanford Law Review, American Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review Colorado Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Berkeley Law & Technology Journal, and Michigan Technology Law Review.
She is a three-time recipient of the Thomas G. Byers Outstanding Faculty Scholarly Publication at Akron Law.
She is a regular blogger on the IP scholarship blog, Written Description, where she writes on IP scholarship related to trade secrets, trademarks, patents, IP theory, the history of intellectual property in America, and numerous other topics.
Professor Hrdy holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law, a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. in from the University of Cambridge, Department of History & Philosophy of Science. She received Harvard’s Hoopes prize, and a Redhead Prize from the University of Cambridge Department of History & Philosophy of Science.
Before coming to Akron Law, she was a resident fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project and a teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Innovation, Technology & Competition.
She clerked for U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack in the Southern District of Texas.
Full list of articles: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1687909
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.
Christopher M. Newman, Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8131
Christopher M. Newman is a Scholar at C-IP2 and an Associate Professor of Law at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. His scholarship focuses on property theory and copyright law, with particular emphasis on the conceptual and functional structure of property doctrine and the relationship between tangible and intellectual property. He is currently serving as an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of Property project. His areas of teaching include Civil Procedure, Copyright, Trademark, Entertainment Law, and Free Speech. In addition, Professor Newman co-runs the Liberty & Law reading group, which provides a forum for informal discussion among students and faculty based on texts that seek to illuminate difficult questions regarding the relationship between law and liberty.
Professor Newman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, where he served as book review editor for the Michigan Law Review and received Michigan’s highest law school award, the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. He also holds a BA in classical liberal arts awarded by St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. Following law school, Professor Newman clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2000-2007, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters, as well as pro bono family and criminal law matters. Professor Newman left practice at the beginning of 2007 to serve an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, and from January 2008 until his arrival at Scalia Law served as a research fellow of UCLA’s Intellectual Property Project.
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.
Terrica Carrington, Practitioner in Residence
Terrica Carrington is a Practitioner in Residence at C-IP2 and VP, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel at the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting the rights of creators and advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright. Since joining the Copyright Alliance in 2016, she has worked on a number of legal and policy issues, including the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act), U.S. Copyright Office modernization, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and other copyright-related matters.
Terrica is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, where she assists as a Supervising Attorney with the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic. In addition, she is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA, serving on its Board of Trustees as well as its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Terrica earned her J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property law from George Mason University School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David Grossman, Practitioner in Residence
David Grossman is a Practitioner in Residence at C-IP2 and the Senior Director of Technology Transfer & Industry Collaboration at George Mason University. Grossman is an attorney, engineer and entrepreneur. Besides holding over 20 patents, David’s intellectual property experience includes: prosecuting patents for academia and industry (including hundreds of standard essential patents), and supervising pro bono patent prosecution at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Additionally, David served as the research editor of “Tomorrow’s Technology Transfer: The Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers,” and President of the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP). Early in his career, David was a toy designer for Fisher-Price, built and sold several companies, and led the software and avionics development for the X-34 rocket plane. Grossman received a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Hina Mehta, Practitioner in Residence
Direct Dial: (703) 993-3879
Hina Mehta is a Practitioner in Residence 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.
Dr. Stephanie M. Semler, JD, PhD, Practitioner in Residence
An alumna of ASLS, Stephanie Semler’s practice areas include Trademarks, Copyrights and Design along with other forms of intellectual property protection. As an author and artist, she is passionate about helping creators protect and control their work. After teaching philosophy at the post-secondary level for more than twenty years, she started her legal career as a law clerk at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, then joined the Mason Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic working for clients on copyright and trademark cases. She is currently an Associate Attorney with Venable LLP and a Supervising Attorney with the Mason Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic.
Masami Kawase, Visiting Scholar
Masami Kawase is a visiting scholar at C-IP2. He is a patent examiner at Japan Patent Office. He also worked on a patent application survey, a revision of the Japanese Patent Law in 2019 and Classification Project Coordinator for Experts Group on Semiconductor Technology. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology.