Visiting Scholars

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Colleen Chien

Professor Colleen Chien '02 is a Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Senior Visiting Scholar. She is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she until recently served as White House Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property and Innovation, working on a broad range of patent, copyright, technology transfer, open innovation, educational innovation, and other issues. Professor Chien is nationally known for her research and publications surrounding domestic and international patent law and policy issues. She has testified on multiple occasions before Congress, the DOJ, the FTC, and the US Patent and Trademark Office on patent issues, frequently lectures at national law conferences, and has published several in-depth empirical studies, including of patent litigation, patent-assertion entities (PAEs) (a term that she coined), and the secondary market for patents. She is an expert on the International Trade Commission (ITC), a topic on which she has authored several articles and co-authors a practice guide. Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2007, Professor Chien prosecuted patents at Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco, as an associate and then Special Counsel, and was a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences. Professor Chien has been named the inaugural Eric Yamamoto Emerging Scholar, one of Silicon Valley’s “Women of Influence,” one of the 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property, and was a finalist for the ALI Young Scholars award. She is a graduate of Stanford (Engineering) and Berkeley Law. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and their two sons.



Omer Tene is a Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Visiting Fellow and a Research Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society. He is Associate Professor at the College of Management School of Law, Rishon Le Zion, Israel; Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He was appointed by the Israeli Minister of Justice as Member of the National Privacy Protection Council and is a member of the European advisory board of IAPP and Editorial Board of International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press). He headed the Steering Committee for the 32nd annual conference of privacy and data protection commissioners. He is a graduate of the JSD and LL.M. programs at NYU School of Law and received an MBA degree from INSEAD as well as LL.M. and LL.B. degrees from Tel Aviv University. He was an Associate at the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton and at the Paris office of Fried Frank and a Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, where he directed the Data Protection Group.

Max Wallot studied law at the Humboldt-University Law School of Berlin, and took courses at the George Washington University Law School in the Munich IP Summer Program. In 2008 he graduated with the First Legal State Examination from the State of Berlin, Germany. Since 2009 he is a doctoral candidate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Law School in Munich, as well as a scholarship holder at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law. His doctoral thesis is about the “abuse of intellectual property rights” and includes a comparative law analysis between the relevant German and US provisions. Max Wallot’s main research focus is on intellectual property law but his interest also encompasses anti-trust law, law & economics and legal philosophy. He recently published an article about “patent trolls” in Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter-, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht (2011) and speaks German, English, French and somewhat Korean.


Christian Baumann

Christian Baumann has studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, in the areas of information technology and law. He received his masters equivalent degree (Dipl.-Inform.Wirt) from the University of Karlsruhe in 2006. Following his studies he worked in the software development for SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany. In 2008 Christian Baumann started as Research Associate at SAP Research in Karlsruhe and began shortly after his Ph.D. studies. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Applied Legal Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology within the research group for Information Technology Law and Legal Informatics. His research interest are in the area of intellectual property and new technologies. In his thesis Christian Baumann is examining the formal description of copyrights for usage in digital network environments. Please visit for more information.

Sylvain Métille

Sylvain Métille is a Head of Technology and Privacy at BCCC avocats sàrl in Lausanne (Switzerland). He obtained his J.D (2003) and PhD in Law with Honors (summa cum laude, 2005) from University of Neuchâtel. Admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2005, a gained a solid experience within several law firms. He is also a lecturer at the University of Lausanne (Computer Crime Law) and at the International Institute of Management in Technology in Fribourg (Telecommunications and Data Protection Law). He is one of the few recognized specialists of governmental surveillance (Lawful interception) in Switzerland. He regularly publishes and gives conferences. He finally runs a blog about law and information technologies (Nouvelles technologies et droit). 


Dobah Carré

Dobah Carré is currently a course lecturer at Université de Montréal. She was a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal.

Estelle Derclaye

Estelle Derclaye holds degrees in law from the University of Liege, The George Washington University (LLM) and London (PhD). Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in 2006, she practiced intellectual property in an international law firm in Brussels and prior to that, was a lecturer at the Universities of Leicester and London (Queen Mary). She also spent time as a scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Munich) in 2002 and 2004. Her main interests are in intellectual property law, in particular copyright and designs law. From 2008 to 2010, she was a member of the Copyright Expert Panel of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy, which advised the UK Intellectual Property Office. In 2010, Dr Derclaye was a senior visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She has done expert work for national and foreign law firms and international organisations and welcomes requests for expert work from both the public and private sector. She also welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in all fields of intellectual property law.

Yoshiro Kaku

Yoshiro Kaku finished his degrees in law at the University of Tokyo and University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M.). He is employed at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for the government of Japan. He exerted a leading role in the amendement of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act that aims to provide greater protection for Trade Secrets such as critical manufacturing methods and Technological Restriction Measures including access controls and copy controls. He also engaged in formulating a new rule that promotes the early discovery of vulnerabilities in software products and the early availability of remedies for these vulnerabilities for software users. In 2009 and 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and conduted research on what IP Law should be in order to promote technological innovation in this age of great uncertainty by comparing both Japanese and American industrial structures and legal systems. Currently, he is a staff member of the governmental headquarter for reconstruction of the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.