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Robert P. Merges
Title: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law; Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
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Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1995, Robert Merges was a faculty
member at Boston University School of Law and served as a visiting
professor at Harvard Law School. He has also been a Visiting Professor
at Stanford Law School.
Merges has authored or coauthored five books, (1) Patent Law and
Policy: Cases and Materials; (2) Intellectual Property in the New
Technological Age; (3) Legal Protection for Computer Technology; (4)
Trademarks, Unfair Competition and Business Torts; and (5) Justifying
Intellectual Property. He has also edited six other books.
Recent articles include a number of follow-on discussions of IP and
philosophical issues developed in Justifying Intellectual Property (Harvard University Press, 2011); Priority and Novelty Under the AIA,
27 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1023 (2012); Autonomy and Independence: The
Normative Face of Transaction Costs, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 145 (2011).
Merges is a co-founder and co-Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center
for Law and Technology, cornerstone of Berkeley Law's intellectual
property program, rated number one among IP programs by USNews in 12
of the past 13 years.
In addition to teaching and research projects, Merges is a co-founder
and former Managing Director, and currently Senior Policy Advisor, of
Ovidian LLC, a Berkeley-based consulting and informatics company
specializing in assessing and valuing patent portfolios.
B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University (1981)
J.D., Yale University (1985)
LL.M., Columbia University (1988)
J.S.D., Columbia University (1988)
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