Robert Brauneis

Portrait of Robert Brauneis

Robert Brauneis

Michael J. McKeon Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Managing Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center


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Robert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor magna cum laude at Harvard 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. He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Chicago.

Professor Brauneis’ teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, property, and constitutional law. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, and of numerous articles on copyright, trademark, and constitutional law. He is a member of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. In 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.

In the News

“The New York Times is fighting off Wordle look-alikes with copyright takedown notices’’

The Associated Press quoted Robert Brauneis regarding copyright infringement and recent DMCA takedown notices.

“The Forgotten Sisters Behind ‘Happy Birthday to You’’’

Smithsonian Magazine quoted Robert Brauneis explaining the importance of crediting authors and composers.

"Of all the copyright suits against AI companies, this one could be the game-changer"

MarketWatch quoted Robert Brauneis discussing the developments of AI regulation and copyright lawsuits.

BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; JD, Harvard University