Professor Straus Named as Slovenian Ambassador of Science

In recognition of his expertise, his leadership, and his numerous contributions to the academy and to the field of intellectual property and patent law, the Republic of Slovenia’s Committee for Prizes and Recognitions named Professor Josef Straus an Ambassador of Science for the year 2011.

“Joseph Straus is truly a towering figure in intellectual property law, and he is that rare individual: someone who is equally revered in the scholarly, practice, and policy communities. We are thrilled to have him as an ongoing partner in GW’s world-renowned IP Program and congratulate him on yet another well-deserved honor,” Dean Paul Schiff Berman said.

Since 2001, Professor Straus has served as the Marshall B. Coyne Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law at GW. He also is a professor of law at the Universities of Munich and Ljubljana, and director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich.

"This is one more honor in a very long list given to Professor Straus for his many academic contributions to patent law. We are proud at GW Law to have him as part of our intellectual property faculty,” said Martin Adelman, Theodore and James Pedas Family Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law and co-director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies. “He is undoubtedly the most famous patent law academic in Europe, and perhaps the world. It is no accident that he currently serves as head of the law section of Academia Europaea.”

Professor Straus said that while he is pleased to receive such prestigious recognition, he wishes to emphasize the independent and impartial nature of his work.

“It has always been one of my dreams to become an ambassador, although I’ve come to realize that I am really not the kind of person to be a diplomat or to obey, like scientists in general. We are outspoken and independent and committed to truth only,” Professor Straus said. “I am extremely honored that I got the title, and I accept it in the spirit that it will never interfere with my independent mind.”