Professor Peter Menell, a driving force behind Berkeley Law’s leading intellectual property program, has been awarded the Robert L. Bridges Faculty Chair. A longtime supporter of the law school, Bridges ’33 was a top Bay Area attorney who specialized in construction law and corporate law.
Menell has played a pivotal role in launching and building the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), the foundation of Berkeley’s IP program. He hatched the idea for the center soon after joining the faculty in 1990, bringing his concept to fruition once he recruited Professor Robert Merges from Boston University.
“We were among a relatively small group of scholars publishing IP articles in major law reviews at the time,” said Menell, whose research and teaching focuses on IP, the digital technology and entertainment industries, environmental law, property law, and law and economics.