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THE INSTITUTE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION LAW is built around the talents of its teachers. Four full-time faculty with outstanding credentials and a remarkable body of published work constitute the core of the program. To complement their perspectives, the Institute affiliates regular faculty in related areas and secures leading experts from legal and corporate environments to serve as adjunct faculty. Synthesizing textbook studies with real-world case studies gives students a solid understanding of fundamental principles—and a first-person appreciation of how to apply them to maximum effect.


Paul Janicke

PAUL M. JANICKE Professor of Law

B.E.E., Manhattan College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., George Washington University

Professor Janicke is a recognized expert in patent litigation. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals in Washington, D.C., from 1969 to 1971 before joining the intellectual property firm of Arnold, White & Durkee, where he later served as managing partner. Professor Janicke joined the UH Law Center faculty in 1992.

Subjects: Patent Law, Patent Remedies and Defenses, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Military Law, and Evidence

Selected Publications include: Lake Michigan Water Diversion: A Brief Legal History (2014), at www.watercases.org; The Patent Infringement Cases on Wastewater Treatment in the Great Lakes Region (2014), at www.watercases.org; An Interim Proposal for Fixing Ex Parte Patent Reexamination's Messy Side, 4 HLRe 43 (2013); The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: Now a Strengthened Traffic Cop for Patent Venue, 32 Rev. Litig. 497 (2013); Overview of the New Patent Law of the United States, 21 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 63 (2013); The Patent Malpractice Thicket, or Why Justice Holmes Was Right, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 437 (2012); Modern Patent Litigation (3rd ed. 2012); A Need for Clearer Language About Patent Law,11 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 457 (2012); A Commentary on the New United States Patent Law, 60 Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht Internationaler Teil 887 (2011); Implementing the Adequate Remedy at Law: Relief Against Ongoing Patent Infringement When an Injunction is Denied, 51 Idea: The Journal of Intellectual Property Law 163 (2011); Venue Transfers from the Eastern District of Texas: Case by Case or an Endemic Problem?, Landslide 16 (March-April 2010); Patent Venue and Convenience Transfer: New World or Small Shift?, 11 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 1 (2009); Die Reform des U.S. Patentrechts im Jahr 2007, 56 Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht Internationaler Teil 791 (2007); Patent Jury Verdicts: Myths and Realities, Intellectual Property Today (July 2007) 18; Who Wins Patent Infringement Cases?, 34 Aipla Q.J. 1 (2006); Four Key Points in the Current Patent Reform Effort in the United States, 5 Icfai J. Intell. Prop. Rts. 14 (Hyderabad, India, 2006).

For more information, visit Professor Janicke’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Craig Joyce

CRAIG JOYCE Andrews Kurth Kenyon Professor of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Stanford University

Professor Joyce is the founding author of the widely used casebook, Copyright Law (10th ed. 2016). His articles on copyright history and doctrine have appeared in numerous journals, including the Emory, Harvard, Houston, Michigan, UCLA, and Vanderbilt law reviews, and are cited regularly by the federal appellate courts. Joyce edited The Majesty of the Law (2003) for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He taught at the Institute on Chinese Law & Business in Beijing in Summer 2011 and 2012.

Professor Joyce practiced law at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix before entering academia in 1981, and has taught at the UH Law Center since 1986. Besides his duties at the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law since 1991, he has served as both Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Special Programs. He taught at the Institute on Chinese Law & Business in Beijing in Summer 2011 and 2012.

Subjects: Copyright, Advanced Copyright Seminar, American Legal History, and Torts

Selected Publications include: Copyright Law (10th ed. forthcoming 2016) (lead author); Law Review: The First Fifty Years of Hous. L. Rev. (2014); Copyright Law (9th Ed. 2013, with Leaffer, Jaszi, Ochoa & Carroll); Enduringly Great, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1541 (2013); The Great Leap Forward, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1255 (2013); Centered, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1027 (2013); Carry on Boldly, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 689 (2012); Driven, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 257 (2012); The Statute of Anne: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 47 Hous. L. Rev. 779 and 1013 (2011); Intellectual Property in the United States, in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (S. Katz ed., 2009); multiple entries in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (R. Newman ed., 2009); A Unified Theory of Copyright, by L. Ray Patterson & Stanley H. Birch, Jr. (Craig Joyce ed. 2009), originally published in 46 Hous. L. Rev. 215 (2009); Copyright in Context, 44 Hous. L. Rev. 815 (2007); Lazy B and the Nation's Court: Pragmatism in Service of Principle, 119 Harv. L. Rev. 1257 (2006); A Good Judge, 30 J. S. Ct. Hist. 100 (2006); A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature, 43 Hous. L. Rev. 325 (2005); "The Story of Wheaton v. Peters," in Intellectual Property Stories (Ginsburg & Cooper eds., 2005); The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice (2003, hardcover ed. 2003 & paperback ed. 2004) (written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and edited by Professor Joyce).

For more information, visit Professor Joyce’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Sapna Kumar

SAPNA KUMAR Associate Professor of Law, George Butler Research Professor

B.S. (Mathematics), B.A. (Philosophy), The University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kumar is a rising patent law scholar currently working at the intersection of public law and patents. She is also the 2012-2013 recipient of the Law Center's Faculty of the Year Award and the University's Teaching Excellence Award. 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. While at Duke, Professor Kumar taught a seminar in open-source software licensing. 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.

Subjects: Patent Law, Administrative Law, and Property

Selected Publications include: Regulating Digital Trade, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1909 (2015); Gene Patents and Patient Rights, 35 Whittier L. Rev. 363 (2014) (solicited essay); Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information, 65 Ala. L. Rev. 625 (2014); The Accidental Agency?, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 229 (2013); Expert Court, Expert Agency, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1547 (2011); The Bilski Decision: What Does It Mean for the Future of Business Method and Software Patents?, Computer L. Rev. Int'l (April 2010); 2009 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Panel Discussion: An Uncomfortable Fit?: Intellectual Property Policy and the Administrative State (with Murray, Mazzone, Travis & Abdelkhalik), 14 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 441 (2010); The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 529 (2009); Proprietary Science, Open Science, and the Role of Patent Disclosure: The Case of Zinc Finger Proteins, 27 Nature Biotechnology 140 (2009) (with Rai, Chandrasekharan & Valley); GPL Version 3's DRM and Patent Clauses Under German and U.S. Law, Computer L. Rev. Int'l (April 15, 2008) (with Koglin); Synthetic Biology: The Intellectual Property Puzzle, 85 U. Texas L. Rev. 1745 (2007) (with Rai); Enforcing The GPL, 2006 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 1

For more information, visit Professor Kumar’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.


GREG R. VETTER HIPLA Professor of Law

B.S.E.E., Missouri University of Science and Technology; M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.B.A., Rockhurst University; J.D., Northwestern University

Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property as applied to software and the business of software, with particular emphasis on free and open source software. Prior to law school, he gained extensive business expertise in software design, management, and marketing through nine years of work experience in the software industry. After several years in law practice, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., before joining the Law Center in 2002.

Besides his duties at the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law since 2002, he has been an invited visitor teaching intellectual property law at three other law schools in that time frame: University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2006-07); University of Washington School of Law (Fall 2010); Texas A&M University School of Law (Spring 2015).

Subjects: Digital Transactions, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Internet Law, International Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management, Licensing, Patent Law, Property, and Trademark Law

Selected Publications include: Opportunistic Free and Open Source Software Development Pathways (forthcoming in Harv. J. L. & Tech.); Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming 2015) (patent law chapters author); Deleveraging the Software License in Health Information Technology (work in progress); Are Prior User Rights Good for Software?, 73 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 251 (2015); A Public Domain Approach to Free and Open Source Software?, 75 Ohio St. L.J. Furthermore 8 (2014); Patent Law's Unpredictability Doctrine & the Software Arts, 76 Mo. L. Rev. 763 (2011); Patenting Cryptographic Technology, 84 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 757 (2010); Commercial Free and Open Source Software: Knowledge Production, Hybrid Appropriability, and Patents, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2087 (2009); Slouching Toward Open Innovation: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Electronic Health Information, 30 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 179 (2009); Claiming Copyleft in Open Source Software: What If the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL)Had Been Patented?, 2008 Mich. St. L. Rev. 279; Open Source Licensing & Scattering Opportunism in Software Standards, 48 B.C. L. Rev. 225 (2007); Exit & Voice in Free & Open Source Software Licensing: Moderating the Rein over Software Users, 85 Or. L. Rev. 183 (2006); "Infectious" Open Source Software: Spreading Incentives or Promoting Resistance?, 36 Rutgers L.J. 53 (2005); The Collaborative Integrity of Open Source Software, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 563 (2004); Patent Law chapters for Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 2015) (intellectual property survey course casebook).

For more information, visit Professor Vetter’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/gvetter/.



LEONARD M. BAYNES, Dean and Professor of Law

B.S., New York University; M.B.A., J.D., Columbia University

Dean Baynes joined the Law Center in 2015, bringing a national reputation as a communications law scholar, with specializations in business, media, and diversity issues. He has written more than 25 law review articles. His co-authored casebook, Telecommunications Law: Convergence and Competition, will appear shortly.

DARREN BUSH, Leonard B. Rosenberg College Professor of Law

DARREN BUSH, Leonard B. Rosenberg College Professor of Law

B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., J.D., University of Utah

Professor Bush previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, with attention to state deregulation of electric utilities as well as mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. He teaches Antitrust, Regulated Industries, Law & Economics, and Administrative Law.

SETH CHANDLER, Law Foundation Professor of Law

SETH CHANDLER, Law Foundation Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chandler is a leader in the emerging scholarly discipline of law and computation, where his scholarship uses computational modeling to better understand such areas of interest as insurance law, health law, economic analysis of law, and contracts. At UH, he teaches Computational Law, which includes various methods applied to the effect and operation of IP law.

Anthony Chase

ANTHONY R. CHASE, Associate Professor of Law

B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chase, a former telecom industry executive, has served as Deputy Chairman of the Regional Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch. He teaches Communications Law, Entrepreneurship, and Contracts at the Law Center, and also teaches in the UH Bauer College of Business’s top-ranked Entrepreneurship Program.

Richard Dole

RICHARD F. DOLE, Bobby Wayne Young Professor of Consumer Law

A.B., Bates College; LL.B., LL.M., Cornell University; S.J.D., University of Michigan

Professor Dole assisted in drafting both the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. His recent scholarship concerns remedies under the UTSA. Professor Dole’s teaching interests include Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Creditors’ Rights, and Unfair Competition.

Barbara Evans

BARBARA EVANS, Alumnae College Professor of Law and George Butler Research Professor and Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law

B.S.E.E., University of Texas at Austin (with Honors); M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Evans’s research interests include genomic and translational medicine, tissue banking, healthy data privacy, and biotechnology regulation. A member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics, at the UH Law Center she teaches Biotechnology and the Law.
Peter Linzer

PETER LINZER, Professor of Law

A.B., Cornell University; J.D., Columbia University

Professor Linzer has served as Reviser, Corbin on Contracts (Interpretation) and Editorial Reviser of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts. In addition to advanced contract drafting (including domestic and international IP-related documents), he teaches Constitutional Law and First Amendment, with research interests in free speech rights and Internet neutrality.

Geraldine Szott Moohr

GERALDINE SZOTT MOOHR, Alumnae Professor of Law (Emerita)

B.S., University of Illinois; M.S., Bucknell University; J.D., The American University

Professor Moohr is one of the nation’s leading scholars in federal criminal law, particularly fraud and white collar crime, and is the author of the path-breaking new casebook, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information. She teaches Property Crime in the Information Age.
Michael Olivas

MICHAEL A. OLIVAS, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law; Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance; and Interim President, University of Houston - Downtown

B.A., Pontifical College Josephinum; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University; J.D., Georgetown University

Professor Olivas teaches courses in Higher Education Law and Entertainment Law as well as Immigration Law. He also has a regular radio show on the Albuquerque, NM, NPR station KANW, "The Law of Rock and Roll," where he reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law, as "The Rock and Roll Law Professor." (SM) He lectures on entertainment law topics to lawyers and trade groups. 
See:  www.lawofrockandroll.com.

Lawrence Pinsky

LAWRENCE F. PINSKY, Professor, Physics Department, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Houston

B.S., Carnegie Mellon University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester; J.D., LL.M., University of Houston

Dr. Pinsky’s specialties include experimental particle physics, heavy ion physics, nucleon structure functions, space radiation simulation, medium energy physics, and charged particle detector development. He is actively involved in projects at CERN, BNL, NASA, and Fermilab. He teaches Internet Law and Intellectual Property Survey.
Jessica Roberts

JESSICA L. ROBERTS, Associate Professor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, and Director, Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Robert's research operates at the intersection of health law and antidiscrimination law. Her current projects explore the theoretical implications of health-care reform, the formation of genetic identity, and the antidiscrimination protection of health-related information. Professor Roberts teaches Introduction to Health Law, Disabilities and the Law, and Genetics and the Law



B.S., University of Texas; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Alfaro practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation and prosecution. Ms. Alfaro works primarily on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems.  She also practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, reexamination requests and interferences involving an equally wide array of technologies.


B.A., University of Houston, University of Salamanca, Spain; J.D., University of Houston

Mr. Alonso is a former chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  He represents clients in the entertainment business, including recording artists, record companies, publishers, radio and television personalities, and promotion companies.

RAY ASHBURG, Electrolux North America

B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; J.D., Wake Forest University; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Ashburg is Associate General Counsel for Electrolux North America.


B.B.A., Belmont University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center


B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Mississippi State University; M.C.E., J.D., University of Houston Law Center

DAVID BENDER, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University

Sc.B. (Applied Mathematics), Brown University; LL.B., University of Pennsylvania; LL.M. (Patent Law), S.J.D. (Computer Law), George Washington University

Mr. Bender, who specializes in privacy and data protection, information technology law, and intellectual property law, served as chair of White & Case LLP's global privacy practice prior to his retirement.

NICOLE CÁSAREZ, University of St. Thomas

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Texas at Austin

RONALD L. CHICHESTER, Ronald Chichester, PC

B.S., M.S., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Chichester, a patent and technology attorney with over two decades of experience, represents his own clients and consults for other law firms on technology related matters.

RUSSELL CHORUSH, Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D.,  Cornell University; J.D., University Houston Law Center

Dr. Chorush specializes in patent infringement and antitrust cases in the high technology arena, representing various clients in litigation in fields ranging from electronics to pharmaceuticals.


J.D., UCAB Caracas Venezuela; LL.M. (Intellectual Property & Information Law), University of Houston Law Center; LL.M. (Intellectual Property and Human Rights), Raoul Wallemberg Institute, Lund University

Mr. Colmenter represented Venezuela in the Andean Community Meetings and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. His practice centers on transactional law.

ALI DHANANI, Baker Botts LLP  

B.S. (Computer Science), J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dhanani practices in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on patent prosecution regarding computer hardware and software and telecommunications systems, and is associate editor of patstats.org.

JEFF C. DODD, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

B.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dodd’s practice centers on transactional information law, which involves developing e-commerce strategies, structuring hardware and software acquisition licensing, negotiating distribution agreements, and registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Franco’s practice is focused on the transactional aspects of intellectual property protection of software and computer technologies.


B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Friedrich practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on client counseling, including formal opinions on issues of patent infringement and validity, multinational patent portfolio management and technology licensing.

MARK HOOSE, Phillips 66

B.S., University of Illinois; J.D., George Washington University Law School; LL.M., Georgetown Law


S.B. (Electrical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., M.B.A., Emory University

Ms. Israel specializes in intellectual property law, with an emphasis on litigation, opinion work and client counseling, and experience in licensing and patent and trademark prosecution.

TERRIL G. LEWIS, Lewis, Reese & Nesmith, PLLC

B.S.E.E., University of Notre Dame; M.E.E., Rice University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Lewis’s practice is devoted primarily to patent litigation, patent prosecution, and intellectual property counseling.

D.C. TOEDT III, University of Houston Law Center Lecturer

B.A. (Mathematics), J.D., The University of Texas

Mr. Toedt’s practice draws on his experience as former general counsel of a publicly-traded software company, and before that, as a partner in a large IP boutique law firm. He is the principal author of a one-volume treatise on The Law and Business of Computer Software.


A.B., Whitman College; J.D., University of Washington School of Law

Ms. Towle’s practice focuses on privacy and data security, commercial law as impacted by use of electronic media and information assets, payment systems, intellectual property such as software, and information and database issues.

PAUL VAN SLYKE, Hoover Slovacek LLP

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Texas at Austin; J.D., Southern Methodist University

Mr. Van Slyke is widely recognized as one of the top IP lawyers in the country. He has decades of intellectual property experience in client counseling and litigating in the fields of trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. Similarly, he has substantial experience in anti-counterfeiting, trade dress, trademark dilution, right of publicity, domain name disputes, licensing, trade secrets, and technology law.

JEREMY WELCH, WesternGeco at Schlumberger

B.A., Rice University; J.D. University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Welch has represented clients in a variety of technologies, including recordable optical discs, inkjet printing, pharmaceuticals, and numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry.


DAVID HRICIK, Mercer University School of Law

B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Hricik, a nationally known expert on intellectual property in relation to professional responsibility, occasionally teaches a Professional Responsibility course in the Law Center’s summer session.


JASON BEESINGER, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

B.A., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

ALLAN BULLWINKEL, Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP

B.S. (Computer Engineering) Mississippi State University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center


B.S., M.S., Emory University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center


B.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

JOSH DAVIS, The Josh Davis Law Firm

B.S., Trinity University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

CHRISTOPHER McKEON, Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, L.L.P.

B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

WILL SPROTT, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Tulane University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center


B.S., United States Naval Academy; J.D., University of Texas at Austin