Munich Summer Program Faculty

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 JD (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 Mikolaj Rogowski (Information Privacy Law)

Mikolaj Rogowski is a Privacy Attorney with Intel Deutshcland GmbH where he contributes to the GDPR compliance program’s execution and training.  He is primarily responsible for data solution and data protection. He is a professor of law at MIPLC teaching, tutoring, and mentoring students in the LLM program. He is also a PhD researcher at the Chair of the Intellectual Property Law at Jagiellonian University where he received a Masters of Law in 2010.Professor Rogowski also received an LLM from MIPLC in IP and Competitive Law in 2015.


Professor Ray Thomas (Information Privacy Law)

Ray Thomas is a seasoned trademark attorney and data privacy subject matter expert.  He is currently the in-house and data protection/privacy attorney at IBM Corporation.  Professor Thomas holds a BS in Criminal Justice (1994) from State University of New York, a JD (2001) from Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and an LLM in Law & Government (2006) from American University, Washington College of Law.  He has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Howard University School of Law, and a guest lecturer at American University, Washington College of Law.


Professor Marketa Trimble (Internet Law)

Marketa Trimble is the Samuel Lionel Intellectual Property Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her research she focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws; this focus leads her to the investigation of various internet law problems. She has authored numerous works on these problems, including the first comprehensive study ever published (2012) on the legal implications of the evasion of geolocation. She is also the author of the book “Global Patents: Limits of Transnational Enforcement” (Oxford 2012) and the co-author of the casebook “International Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials” (Foundation Press 3d ed. 2012, 4th ed. 2016).


Associate Dean John Whealan (Specialized Intellectual Property Courts)

Before joining GW Law School in 2008, Dean Whealan worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he served as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor since 2001. Dean Whealan represented the USPTO in all intellectual property litigation in federal court and advised the agency on a variety of policy issues. During his tenure, he argued approximately 30 cases before the Federal Circuit and, with his staff, was responsible for briefing and arguing more than 250 cases. Dean Whealan also assisted the U.S. Solicitor General on virtually every intellectual property case that has been heard by the Supreme Court since 2001. He also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 

Prior to 2001, Dean Whealan was a staff attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission where he litigated several investigations involving intellectual property matters. He has clerked at both the appellate and trial court levels, serving as law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader, JD '78, of the Federal Circuit and Judge James T. Turner of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Dean Whealan has engaged in private practice at Fish & Neave in New York and worked as a design engineer for General Electric. He has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), George Mason University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.