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Sapna  Kumar




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Sapna Kumar

Assistant Professor of Law

(713) 743-4148

B.S., B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kumar is the 2012-2013 recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award and the Student Bar Association's Faculty of the Year award.

Professor Kumar's scholarship looks at patent law from an institutional design and public policy perspective. In Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information (forthcoming, Ala. L. Rev.), Professor Kumar argues that the PTO's issuance of gene patents violates the substantive liberty right of patients to make informed health care decisions. In The Accidental Agency? (65 Fla. L. Rev. 229 (2013)), she discusses how the Federal Circuit serves as the de facto administrator of the Patent Act.  She has also written two articles discussing the role of the International Trade Commission: Expert Court, Expert Agency (44 UC Davis L. Rev. 1547 (2011)) and The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC (61 Fla. L. Rev. 529 (2009)).

Professor Kumar received her J.D. at the University of Chicago, where she served as a staff member of the University of Chicago Law Review. From 2003 to 2006, she practiced intellectual property litigation in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Pattishall McAuliffe. She then spent two years at Duke University Law School, where she was a Faculty Fellow and part of the Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. After completing her fellowship, Professor Kumar clerked for the Honorable Judge Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Patent Law
Administrative Law