The lateral market for patent law professors is alive and steaming ahead.
- Scott Kieff has accepted a position at GW law school in DC and will be moving from Washington University in St. Louis. GW may well have the best patent focused program in the country. At any opportunity, Kieff promotes the notion that strong property rights almost always lead to the best outcome.
- Tim Holbrook is off a recent stint at Stanford Law school and is taking a position at Emory in Atlanta. Emory's patent space has been vacant since Margo Bagley left for UVA several years ago. Holbrook is leaving his fulltime position at Chicago-Kent.
- Also leaving Chicago is Katherine Strandburg (from Depaul). Strandburg is taking a position at NYU where she will join Richard Epstein and my undergraduate classmate Troy McKenzie. McKenzie is a chemical engineer, but does not do patent law. Instead he focuses on bankruptcy.
- In a coup, Mark Janis is headed home to Indiana (Bloomington) – leaving his longtime post at Iowa. Janis largely focuses on the interplay between trademark and patent rights.
- Dave Schwartz is moving from John Marshall to fill Holbrook's position at Kent. Before moving into academia, Dave was a partner at a firm handling patent litigation and prosecution.
Each of these individuals have been helpful to me at some point during the past few years. Thank you, and good luck in your new positions!