[PAST EVENT] Mervis Lecture: Inequalities of Innovation, Prof. Colleen V. Chien, Santa Clara U. School of Law

March 30, 2022
1pm - 1:50pm
Law School, Rm 127 & virtual viewing option
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Professor Chien

Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University School of Law will present the 2022 Stanley H. Mervis '50 Lecture in Intellectual Property titled "Inequalities of Innovation."

Use the RSVP link below to register and to indicate whether you will attend in person (for W&M students and employees) or virtually (anyone). Food will be available for in-person attendees.

About Professor Chien
For her complete biography and bibliography, please visit her faculty page on the Santa Clara website.

Colleen Chien is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law where she teaches, mentors students, and leads multi-disciplinary teams to conduct empirical research on patents, intellectual property, and the criminal justice system. From 2013-2015, she served in the Obama White House as the Senior Advisor on Intellectual Property and Innovation to the Chief Technology Officer, working on a broad range of patent, copyright, technology transfer, open innovation, and other issues. Professor Chien is internationally known for her research and writing on domestic and international patent law and policy issues. She has testified on multiple occasions before both houses of Congress, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission and frequently lectures at national law conferences. She has published several in-depth empirical studies, including of patent prosecution in the US and abroad, patent examination trends, inequality and innovation, patent litigation, and patent-assertion entities (PAEs). In the realm of criminal justice, she is the founder of the Paper Prisons initiative (paperprisons.org), a multi-disciplinary research initiative of over 20 collaborators, partners, and affiliates that uses research, technology tools, and empathy to boost the employment and other outcomes of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system by documenting and narrowing the “second chance gap,” between those eligible for and receiving second chance relief. In 2019, she was Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

Professor Chien is among the top 20 most highly cited intellectual property and cyberlaw scholars in the US and is a recipient of the prestigious American Law Institute’s Early Career Medal, awarded every other year to one or two outstanding early-career law professors; the Intellectual Property Vanguard Award (by the California Bar Association); and the Eric Yamamoto Emerging Scholar award (by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty). She has also been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property in the World (by Intellectual Asset Magazine) and a Woman of Influence and a Tech Law Trailblazer (by the National Law Journal and the Recorder) for her work devising “the Second Chances and Empathy Hackathon” and work on executive agency policy pilots. Prior to entering academia, Professor Chien worked as an investigative journalist Fulbright Scholar, strategy consultant advising technology startups, and practicing patent lawyer (as an associate, then special counsel at Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco). Professor Chien is the founder of several civic-engagement projects and is a Faculty Scholar of the Markkula Center for Ethics. She was previously a member of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab and has advised multiple patent data startups. Professor Chien graduated from Stanford with honors and degrees in Engineering and Science, Technology, and Society, and Berkeley Law School and is a proud Oakland resident along with her husband, their two sons, and pet rabbit.

About the Stanley H. Mervis Lecture

The Stanley H. Mervis Lecture in Intellectual Property is a lecture series in memory of Stanley H. Mervis, an alumnus of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1950. Mervis was an avid patent and intellectual property attorney and spent most of his career as patent counsel for the Polaroid Corporation.