IP & Innovation


  • Rochelle Dreyfuss
    Pauline Newman Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
    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. Dreyfuss clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court. She was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and 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, including Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (2014, with César Rodríguez-Garavito), and she 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;
    Director, Classical Liberal Institute
    Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Prior to his joining the faculty, he was a visiting law professor at NYU from 2007 through 2009. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. Epstein is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. His initial law school appointment was at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. Epstein received an LLD, honoris causa, from the University of Ghent in 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and has been a senior fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences, also since 1983. He served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991 to 2001. From 2001 to 2010, he was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.

    His newest book is The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (Harvard U. Press, 2014). His previous books include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law (Harvard U. Press, 2011); The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover Press, 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection of Property Rights (Oxford U. Press, 2008); Antitrust Decrees in Theory and Practice: Why Less is More (AEI, 2007); Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (Yale U. Press, 2006); How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (Cato Institute, 2006); Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (University of Chicago, 2003); Torts (Aspen Law & Business 1999); Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good (Perseus Books, 1998): Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care (Addison-Wesley, 1997); Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard U. Press, 1995); Bargaining With the State (Princeton U. Press, 1993); Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws (Harvard U. Press, 1992); Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (Harvard U. Press, 1985); and Modern Products Liability Law (Greenwood Press, 1980). He has also edited (with Catherine Sharkey) Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts (10th edition 2012).

    Epstein has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust law, civil procedure, communications law, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law, land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law, torts, water law, and workers' compensation.

    Epstein also writes a legal column, The Libertarian, found here, and is a contributor to Ricochet.com and Forbes.com.

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  • Harry First
    Charles L. Denison Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program
    Harry First is a specialist in antitrust and business crime. He is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on 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 The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-first Century (with Andrew I. Gavil) (MIT Press, 2014), “Philadelphia National Bank, Globalization, and the Public Interest” (Antitrust Law Journal, 2015), “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (Stanford University Press, 2013), “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (Fordham Law Review, 2013), and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (Oxford University Press, 2013), one dealing with the United States, the other with Japan. First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and the 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 M. Fox is the Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law. She is an expert in antitrust and competition policy, and teaches, writes, and advises on competition policy in nations around the world and in international organizations. She has a special interest in developing countries, poverty, and inequality, and explores how opening markets and attacking privilege, corruption, and cronyism can alleviate marginalization and open paths to economic opportunity and inclusive development. Fox received her law degree from NYU School of Law in 1961; she received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine in 2009. She was awarded an inaugural Lifetime Achievement award in 2011 by the Global Competition Review for “substantial, lasting, and transformational impact on competition policy and practice.” She received the inaugural award for outstanding contributions to the competition law community in 2015 by ASCOLA, the world network of academic law and economic competition experts. Fox is writing a book on competition and markets in sub-Saharan 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. She also worked 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 (now WilmerHale), 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. Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute’s inaugural Young Scholars Medal in 2011 for her scholarship in intellectual property.
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  • Scott Hemphill
    Professor of Law
    Scott Hemphill teaches and writes about antitrust, intellectual property, and regulation of industry. His research focuses on the law and economics of competition and innovation, and his scholarship ranges broadly, from drug patents to net neutrality to fashion and intellectual property. Hemphill’s recent work examines the antitrust problem of parallel exclusion in concentrated industries and anticompetitive settlements of patent litigation by drug makers. His scholarship has been cited by the US Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court, among others, and has formed the basis for congressional testimony on matters of regulatory policy. Hemphill's writing has appeared in law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, and the popular press, including the Yale Law Journal, Science, and the Wall Street Journal. He has served as antitrust bureau chief for the New York Attorney General and clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. Hemphill holds a JD and PhD in economics from Stanford, an AB from Harvard, and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
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  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
    Professor of Law;
    Faculty Director, NYU Law in Buenos Aires
    Florencia Marotta-Wurgler is a professor of law at New York University School of Law and the director of NYU Law Abroad in Buenos Aires. Her teaching and research interests are contracts, consumer privacy, electronic commerce, and law and economics. Her published research has addressed various problems associated with standard form contracts online, such as the effectiveness of disclosure regimes, delayed presentation of terms, and whether people read the fine print. She is currently working on a large empirical project on consumer privacy policies online and on the effectiveness of the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy enforcement actions. In 2009, she testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing titled, “Aggressive Sales Tactics on the Internet and Their Impact on American Consumers.” She is a co-reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts, a board member of the American Law and Economics Association, and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU School of Law. She received a BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from NYU School of Law.
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  • Daniel Rubinfeld
    Professor of Law
    Daniel Rubinfeld is Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law Emeritus and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles relating to antitrust and competition policy, law and economics, and public economics. He has also written two textbooks, Microeconomics and Econometric Models and Economic Forecasts. He has consulted for private parties and for a range of public agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and the State of California Attorney General’s Office. In the past he has been a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From June 1997 through December 1998, he served as deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust in the US Department of Justice. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel in Switzerland and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He has been at NYU since 1999.
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  • Jason Schultz
    Professor of Clinical Law on Leave
    Jason Schultz, director of NYU School of Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic, became a professor of clinical law in 2014. 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, innovation policy, and information privacy law, Katherine Strandburg began her career as a theoretical physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research considers the implications of user and collaborative innovation for patent law and of “big data” for privacy law. Governing Knowledge Commons (coedited with B. Frischmann and M. Madison, 2014) reflects ongoing research involving case studies of commons-based innovation. Other recent scholarship includes “Membership Lists, Metadata and Freedom of Association’s Specificity Requirement” (2014, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society), “Free Fall: The Online Market’s Consumer Preference Disconnect” (2013, University of Chicago Legal Forum), and “Progress and Competition in Design” (with M. McKenna, 2014, Stanford Technology Law Review). Strandburg’s brief on behalf of several medical associations was cited in a 2012 Supreme Court opinion involving the patent eligibility of medical diagnostic procedures. Strandburg received her BS from Stanford University, her PhD 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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