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Sapna  Kumar




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Sapna Kumar

Associate Professor of Law

(713) 743-4148

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

Professor Kumar is an expert in the application of administrative law to patent law, with an emphasis on the International Trade Commission. In Professor Kumar's most recent article, Regulating Digital Trade (forthcoming, Fla. L. Rev.), she argues that the International Trade Commission lacks jurisdiction over digital trade. In Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information (65 Ala. L. Rev. 625 (2014), Professor Kumar maintains 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. Professor Kumar has also guest blogged on Patently Obvious.

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.

Professor Kumar is also passionate about teaching. She is the 2013 recipient of both the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award and the Student Bar Association's Faculty of the Year award.

Patent Law
Administrative Law