Areas of Study

Intellectual Property and Antitrust


  • Barton Beebe
    John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law
    Barton Beebe’s multifaceted scholarship engages in the cultural, empirical, and doctrinal analysis of intellectual property law. His recent published work includes “Intellectual Property Law and the Sumptuary Code” in the Harvard Law Review, “An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005,” in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, “An Empirical Study of the Multifactor Tests for Trademark Infringement” in the California Law Review, and “Search and Persuasion in Trademark Law” in the Michigan Law Review. In 2007, Beebe served as a special master in Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Dooney & Bourke, Inc., a significant trademark infringement case in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Beebe received his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Chicago; his PhD in English from Princeton University, where he was a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities; and his JD from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and an editor of the Yale Law Journal. In 2002, he clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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  • Rochelle Dreyfuss
    Pauline Newman Professor of Law
    Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss holds BA and MS degrees in chemistry and was a research chemist before entering Columbia Law School, where she served as articles and book review editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a reporter for its Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes project. She sits on the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. She was a member of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and the Federal Trade Commission. She has edited several books on intellectual property (most recently Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America with César Rodríguez-Garavito) and co-authored A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: Building a Resilient International Intellectual Property System (2012, with Graeme Dinwoodie).
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  • Richard Epstein
    Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law
    Considered one of the most influential thinkers in legal academia, Richard Epstein is known for his research and writings on a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. His many books include Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985) and Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995). He has taught courses spanning the legal landscape, including on administrative law, antitrust, communications, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law, labor, jurisprudence, patents, property, Roman law, torts, and water. Epstein has been the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985. He has also been a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago since 2011. This past year he became director of the Classical Liberal Institute, newly formed at NYU Law. Prior to joining Chicago’s faculty in 1972, he taught law at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. Epstein received a BA from Columbia College in 1964 summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, a BA (Juris.) first class from Oxford University in 1966, and his LLB cum laude in 1968 from Yale Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1969. He received an honorary degree from the University of Ghent in 2003 and was awarded the Bradley Prize in 2011.
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  • Harry First
    Charles L. Denison Professor of Law;
    Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program
    Harry First is a specialist in antitrust and business crime. He is the co-author of casebooks on antitrust (with John Flynn and Darren Bush) and regulated industries (with John Flynn). He was twice a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan and taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo. First’s most recent scholarly work has focused on various aspects of antitrust enforcement and theory, including “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (forthcoming), “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (Fordham Law Review, 2013), and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (2013), one dealing with the United States, the other with Japan. Along with Andrew Gavil of Howard University School of Law, he is currently completing a book titled Microsoft and the Globalization of Antitrust Law: Competition Policy for the Twenty-First Century, to be published by MIT Press. First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and a recently published article, “Business Crime and the Public Interest: Lawyers, Legislators, and the Administrative State” (University of California Irvine Law Review, 2012). First is a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, foreign antitrust editor of the Antitrust Bulletin, a member of the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the advisory board and a senior fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.
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  • Eleanor Fox
    Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation
    Eleanor Fox LLB ’61 is a prominent antitrust and comparative competition law scholar. Her recent work includes articles on antitrust, markets, developing countries, and global governance, and casebooks on US antitrust law and European Union law. Fox served as a member of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust under President Clinton, and as a member of the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures under President Carter. Fox has served as a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, vice president of the American Foreign Law Association, chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Section on Antitrust Law, chair of the Section of Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the Association of American Law Schools, vice president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, vice chair of the ABA Antitrust Section, and trustee of New York University Law Center Foundation. She lectures annually at the Competition Directorate of the European Commission and has been an adviser on competition policy in numerous newer antitrust jurisdictions including South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Indonesia, central and eastern European nations, and the Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa.
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  • Jeanne Fromer
    Professor of Law
    Jeanne Fromer, who teaches in the areas of intellectual property and contracts, joined the NYU School of Law faculty in Fall 2012. She specializes in intellectual property and information law, with particular emphasis on unified theories of copyright and patent law. Fromer previously taught at Fordham University School of Law, joining its faculty in 2007. After graduating summa cum laude from Columbia University’s Barnard College in 1996 with a BA in computer science, she went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned an SM in electrical engineering and computer science in 1999, doing research work in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and working at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in those same areas. Fromer was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an AT&T Laboratories Graduate Research Fellow. At Harvard Law School, she earned a JD magna cum laude in 2002. Subsequently she was an associate at Hale and Dorr, a clerk for both Judge Robert Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David Souter of the US Supreme Court, a resident fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, and an Alexander Fellow at NYU Law. Along with Professor Oren Bar-Gill, Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute’s inaugural Young Scholars Medal in 2011 for her intellectual property scholarship.
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  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
    Professor of Law
    Florencia Marotta-Wurgler ’01 teaches Contracts, Commercial Law, Internet Contracts, Consumer Contracts, the Colloquium on Law and Economics, and a Research Seminar for Future Academics. Her expertise is in online and standard form contracting. Her published research has addressed online standard form contracting with delayed disclosure, contracting in the presence of seller market power, and dispute resolution clauses in consumer standard form contracts. It also documents the extremely low readership rate of standard form contracts by consumers and discusses implications for regulation of standard terms, such as the effectiveness of mandated disclosure regimes. Her current research focuses on a large empirical project on online privacy policies and disclosure. In November 2009, she testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on post-transaction marketing at a hearing titled Aggressive Sales Tactics on the Internet and Their Impact on American Consumers. She is affiliated with the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy and is the faculty program director of NYU School of Law in Buenos Aires. Marotta-Wurgler earned a BA in economics magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from NYU Law, where she was a Robert McKay Scholar and winner of the Daniel G. Collins Prize for Excellence in Contract Law. Before joining the faculty, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a Leonard Wagner Fellow in Law and Business at the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business.
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  • Jason Schultz
    Associate Professor of Clinical Law
    Jason Schultz, director of NYU School of Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic, became an associate professor of clinical law at the Law School in 2013. In his clinical projects, research, and writing he addresses the ongoing challenges of balancing intellectual property and privacy law with the public interest in free expression, access to knowledge, and innovation. As an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Schultz directed the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. He had previously been a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the world’s leading digital rights groups, where he founded the Patent Busting Project. With Samuelson Clinic co-director Jennifer Urban, he invented the Defensive Patent License, a tool for deescalating patent wars. After receiving his JD from Berkeley in 2000, Schultz was an intellectual property associate at Fish & Richardson and a clerk for Judge D. Lowell Jensen of the US District Court for the Northern District of California. He earned a BA with honors in public policy and women’s studies from Duke University in 1993.
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  • Christopher Sprigman
    Professor of Law
    Christopher Sprigman came to NYU School of Law in 2013 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy, and comparative constitutional law. His research focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies. Sprigman’s widely cited works have had an influence on important aspects of copyright law, and often belie the conventional wisdom about intellectual property rights. He was an appellate counsel from 1999 to 2001 in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, where US v. Microsoft was among his cases, and later was elected partner in the Washington, DC, office of King & Spalding before becoming a residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Sprigman received his BA in history magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and a JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993. He subsequently clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sprigman also taught at the University of the Witwatersrand’s law school in Johannesburg.
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  • Katherine Strandburg
    Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law
    An expert in patent law, science and technology policy, and information privacy law, Katherine Strandburg began her career as a physicist in the Condensed Matter Theory Group at Argonne National Laboratory. Her current research projects include rethinking patent law in light of user and collaborative innovation and considering the implications of “big data” for privacy law. She is currently co-editing a book titled Governing Knowledge Commons. Other recent scholarship includes “Free Fall: The Online Market’s Consumer Preference Disconnect” (forthcoming, University of Chicago Legal Forum), “Progress and Competition in Design” (forthcoming, Stanford Technology Law Review), and “Much Ado about Preemption” (Houston Law Review [2012]). Strandburg’s brief on behalf of several medical associations was cited in the Supreme Court’s opinion in Mayo v. Prometheus, which involved the patent eligibility of medical diagnostic procedures. Strandburg received her BS from Stanford University, her PhD in physics from Cornell University, and her JD with high honors from the University of Chicago. She clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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  • Alan Sykes
    Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law
    A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems, Alan Sykes focuses his research on international economic relations. His writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, and economic analysis of law. He has been a member of the executive committee and the board of the American Law and Economics Association, and he currently serves as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Sykes is associate editor of the Journal of International Economic Law and a member of the board of editors of the World Trade Review. He formerly served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2012, Sykes was the James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a former National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Department of Economics at Yale University. He is on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law.
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