Professor Christoph Ann (European Intellectual Property Law)

Professor Christoph Ann holds the chair for Corporate and IP Law at the Technische Universität München (TUM), School of Management. Professor Ann holds law degrees from both, Germany and the U.S. (LLM, Duke Law '88). Before coming to Munich, he practiced as an attorney in Munich and Erlangen and from 2000-2003 taught IP law as a full Professor of Law at the University of Freiburg. From 2001-2003 he also served as a judge on the Mannheim District Court's IP infringement panel which has jurisdiction over the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany's second most important patent infringement panel. Professor Ann has published five books and more than 100 articles and contributions to books. His interests focus on European and International Technology Protection (Patents & Trade Secrets) including Licensing and Competition Law including the respective business contexts and environments. Professor Ann is a listed Neutral with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, a chairman of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce’s Standing Court of Commercial Arbitration and an arbitrator for the ICC, UNCITRAL, and the German Arbitration Institution (DIS).

Professor Robert Brauneis (Copyright and the Changing Role of the Copy)

Professor Robert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches copyright, trademark, and international intellectual property law. He is the co-author of Copyright Law: A Contemporary Approach (West 2012), and of numerous articles on copyright law, trademark law, and the constitutional law of takings. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now Justice Breyer), and to Justice David H. Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Brauneis has also served as an assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago. Professor Brauneis holds a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Professor Dan L. Burk (International IP Exhaustion

Professor Dan Burk is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches courses in patent, copyright, and biotechnology law. An internationally prominent authority on issues of intellectual property, he is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on scientific misconduct, on the regulation of biotechnology, and on the intellectual property implications of global computer networks. Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University. He has previously taught at the University of Minnesota, Seton Hall University, George Mason University, Cardozo Law School, University of Toronto, the University of California, Berkeley, the Ohio State University Programme at Oxford, and at the Program for Management in the Network Economy at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.

Professor Michael Goodman (The Federal Circuit

Professor Michael Goodman is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Frank H. Marks Fellow in intellectual property.  Before coming to GW Law, Professor Goodman worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where he represented the United States and its agencies as attorney of record before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He graduated from Mary Washington College and received both a MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior from Emory University before going on to attend Duke University School of Law.  After law school, he served as a clerk to Judge William Bryson of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Professor Goodman has lived in Spain, Nicaragua, and Hong Kong.  During the current academic year, he is teaching Patent Law and the Federal Circuit.

Professor Gregory Maggs (Law of Software Contracts)

Professor Gregory Maggs joined the George Washington University Law School faculty in 1993. He was the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2008-2010 and the Interim Dean from 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. He teaches mainly in the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, and counter-terrorism law, and he has written extensively on these subjects. As a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), he participated in the ALI's Principles of Software Contracts project. Professor Maggs is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the U.S. Army War College.  Following law school, he was a law clerk for Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and for the late Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Maggs is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has served as a reserve military judge since 2007.

Professor Catherine Sun (Chinese Intellectual Property Law)

Catherine Sun is the founder and Managing Director of China IP Limited, a firm based in Hong Kong, China. Prior to founding her own firm, Ms. Sun was the Chair of Asia Practice and Managing Partner of a US law firm in Shanghai for more than four years. Prior to that, she was heading IP practice for major Wall Street and Hong Kong firms for more than five years. Ms. Sun also spent seven years litigating patents in Washington DC area before returning to Asia in 2002. In the early 1990s, Ms. Sun practiced IP law in Beijing. She co-founded the China Software Alliance (CSA) in 1994 and served as CSA’s first Deputy Secretary General from 1994 to 1995. Ms. Sun is the author of numerous publications on Chinese intellectual property law, including a 2004 book entitled “China Intellectual Property for Foreign Business” and a 2010 book entitled “China Trade Secret Protection Practice & Strategy,” both published by LexisNexis. Ms. Sun is qualified in US (New York and Virginia), Mainland China and Hong Kong. She received her LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School and earned her LL.B. degree from Peking University, with honors.

Professor Marketa Trimble (Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property)

Marketa Trimble is Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in international intellectual property law, copyright law, patent law, trademark law, trade secrets law, and conflict of laws. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on cross-border enforcement of intellectual property rights, international intellectual property, and internet geolocation and geoblocking. She is also the author of the book “Global Patents: Limits of Transnational Enforcement” (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-author of the casebook “International Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials” (3d ed., Foundation Press, 2012). Professor Trimble draws on her education and experience from both civil law and common law systems: she earned two doctoral degrees (from Stanford Law School and the Law School of Charles University in Prague) and has worked in national and EU governments.

Professor Yvette Joy Liebesman (Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship)

Professor Yvette Joy Liebesman joined the faculty of the St. Louis University School of Law in 2008. She teaches several of the school’s Intellectual Property Law courses as well as Trusts & Estates, and is the faculty adviser for the school's IP Concentration. Her research interests focus on Copyright and Trademark law and their intersection with art, science and technology. She is the 2015 recipient of the Sponsored Scholarship Grant administered by University of Houston's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law. In 2013, she was awarded the International Trademark Association's Ladas Award for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks and related matters. In 2014, Professor Liebesman was named a Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellow, which provides grants and opportunities to teach and collaborate with faculty and students interested in entrepreneurship. Professor Liebesman is a 2006 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and earned her first undergraduate degree in 1986 in the school's College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she holds degrees from Rutgers (BA in Physics, magna cum laude, in 1989) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (MS in Earth Sciences in 1991). Immediately following law school, Professor Liebesman clerked for the Honorable Helen E. Hoens of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, then practiced in the intellectual property transactional group at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA. She is a member of the New Jersey and Massachusetts bars.


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