IP Institute Faculty and Staff

Jim GibsonJames Gibson
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jim Gibson founded and served as the first Director of the Intellectual Property Institute at University of Richmond School of Law. His research interests include the effect of new technologies on traditional legal regulation and the formation and breadth of IP entitlements. He frequently speaks, writes, and consults on issues involving law, innovation, technology, and ethics. His scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and elsewhere, and he has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Law Journal, and other publications.

Chris CotropiaChristopher A. Cotropia
Professor of Law
Director of the IP Institute
Austin Owen Research Fellow

Before joining the law faculty, Chris Cotropia taught at Tulane University School of Law, where he was the C.J. Morrow Research Professor for the 2005-06 academic year in recognition of his productivity as a scholar. He also practiced with Fish & Richardson in Washington, DC, and clerked for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Cotropia received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. He earned a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

Kristen OsengaKristen Jakobsen Osenga
Professor of Law

Before joining the law faculty, Kristen Osenga spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, clerked for the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and worked for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, where she focused on patent litigation and prosecution. She earned her law degree from the University of Illinois, magna cum laude, where she served as the Notes Editor of the Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and was elected Order of the Coif. She also has a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. Professor Osenga's primary research interest is patent law, and she has written a number of articles on Patent Office reform, patent litigation, and Federal Circuit jurisprudence. She regularly speaks at conferences across the country on reforming the patent office, improving claim construction in patent litigation, examining the effects of patents on scientific research, protecting and utilizing intellectual property obtained by institutions of higher education, and other important IP issues.

Cecil QuillenCecil D. Quillen, Jr.
IP Institute Research Fellow

Cecil Quillen is the former General Counsel of Eastman Kodak Company, where he was also a senior vice president and member of the board of directors. Before becoming General Counsel, he had served as Vice President and Chief Counsel for Kodak's Eastman Chemicals Division. He is currently a senior advisor with Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm. He has spoken and written on innovation and the U.S. patent system on numerous occasions. Mr. Quillen's publications can be found on his Social Science Research Network webpage, and his publications and presentations can be found on the Research on Innovation website.