Professor of Law
Law Foundation Professor
J.D., Northwestern Univ. Sch. of Law (1999)
M.B.A., Rockhurst Univ. (1994) (evenings)
M.S. Computer Sci., Univ. of Missouri (1991) (evenings)
B.S. Elec. Eng'r, Univ. of Missouri (1987).
Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property systems as applied to software, with a particular emphasis on the free and open source software movement. An author of two book chapters and over a half dozen articles in these fields, he has presented two dozen times on these topics to academic and professional audiences since joining the academy in 2002 as a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and as a co director of the Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL).
Professor Vetter received his B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering in 1987. He then worked in software for nine years in both technical and business capacities. His responsibilities included software design and review, product planning, support and distribution through international resellers, and various marketing matters. He worked with outside legal counsel on licensing, contractual, and intellectual property matters, including such matters as Year 2000 compliance, software licensing, patent protection, and issues related to establishing a corporate Internet presence and website. During these years, attending evening courses, he received his M.S. summa cum laude in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and his MBA summa cum laude from Rockhurst University.
He left full-time employment in 1996 to attend law school. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Northwestern, serving on the Northwestern Law Review, and graduating in the top two percent of his class. He then practiced with Kilpatrick Stockton for two years in the firm's technology law group. During this time, he obtained registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. Next, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Professor Vetter joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and as a Co Director of the Law Center¿s Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL). He received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in the spring of 2008.
As an IPIL Institute Co Director, Professor Vetter arranges various annual events, including conferences and lectures involving intellectual property law professors from law schools across the United States. He has also been actively involved in a leadership capacity with the Association of American Law Schools, serving as Chair of the Section on Law and Computers.
Professor Vetter regularly teaches the Patent Law course and the Intellectual Property Survey course at the Law Center. He also taught these courses as a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin during 2006 07. Additionally, he occasionally teaches Property, and regularly teaches International Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Licensing.
Additional details for Professor Vetter's background are available at: www.law.uh.edu/faculty/gvetter.
Intellectual Property Survey
International Intellectual Property