Professor Christoph Ann (European Intellectual Property Law)
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 US (LL.M., 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 (Cross-Border Trade in Intellectual Property)
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 (Patents, Technology and Society)
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 Kristelia Garcia (Artistic Freedom and Control in Copyright)
Kristelia García is a Visiting Associate Professor and the Frank H. Marks Fellow in Intellectual Property. Her research is focused on the intersection of law and technology, especially as pertains to digital music and copyright. Before coming to GW Law, Professor García worked in the music industry in Los Angeles; first at Quinn Emanuel where she served as outside counsel to Napster, then as Director of Business Development in charge of content licensing at MySpace Music, and most recently in digital strategy as Director at Universal Music Group. Prior to her work in music, Professor García was an Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.
Professor García graduated cum laude from Columbia University, where she received a B.A. in Economics and was the recipient of both a Kluge Scholarship and the King’s Crown Award for leadership in public service. Professor García attended Yale Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal for Law & Technology and was a co-founder of Yale Law School’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Professor Rob Heverly (Internet Law)
Robert Heverly's is an Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, NY. Professor Heverly's research and teaching interests span property and land use law, intellectual and property and copyright law, and cyberspace and communications law. Most recently a visiting professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law, he was previously lecturer in law and director of the LL.M. Programme in Information, Technology and Intellectual Property at the Norwich Law School of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he retains an affiliation as a faculty fellow. From 1992-2001, he served as Assistant Director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center.
Professor Michael Madison (Theoretical Foundations of Intellectual Property)
Michael Madison is Associate Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches courses in copyright law, trademark law, foundations of intellectual property, and contracts. He has written widely in copyright and internet law and related areas. Before joining the Pittsburgh faculty in 1998, Professor Madison was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, and practiced law at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto and at Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg in San Francisco. He received his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University.
Professor Mark McKenna (Trademarks and Geographical Indications)
Mark McKenna is Professor of Law and a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Law School. Professor McKenna is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the field of trademark law. He has also written about copyright law, the right of publicity, and the intersection of intellectual property rights regimes. Some of his latest projects deal with concerns about intergenerational equity in intellectual property and the role of the placebo effect in intellectual property policy. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Professor McKenna was a member of the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law and practiced law with an intellectual property firm in Chicago, where he primarily litigated trademark and copyright cases. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a degree in Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000.
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.