Robert Merges

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law
    Associate Dean, Advanced Degree Programs and Global Engagement
    Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Tel: 510-643-6199 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 438 Boalt Hall (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Viktoriya Mukha

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 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)