Professor Kieff Named Finalist for 2011 World Technology Awards
Professor F. Scott Kieff was named a finalist in the prestigious 2011 World Technology Awards by the World Technology Network. The awards were presented at the United Nations October 26 in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, and Science magazine.
“Scott Kieff translates his deep scholarly knowledge of technology and innovation policy into actionable information that helps change the world,” Dean Paul Schiff Berman said. “The World Technology Awards program honors this practical engagement, and we at the law school congratulate Scott on being identified as one of only five professors to be nominated as finalists for this prestigious award.”
Professor Kieff’s core contribution to the field of innovation is in providing a diverse body of work on the process of innovation itself, including academic theory, public policy discourse, legal and business tactics and strategies, and student teaching and mentoring. He has brought a distinct voice to policy debates, holding firm to a view generally seen as favoring the availability of enforceable property rights and contracts governing ideas and related intangible assets. In so doing, he shares the commitment to improving consumer access to needed technologies that is often associated with those who generally are opposed to strong enforcement of formal intellectual property rights and contracts, disagreeing over mechanisms for best reaching that common goal.
Professor Kieff’s fellow finalists were: Dan L. Burk, Founding Faculty, University of California-Irvine School of Law; Julie Cohen, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor, Stanford Law School; and World Technology Award winner Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University.