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 Christopher A. Cotropia
Christopher A. Cotropia
Dennis I. Belcher Professor of Law
Director, Intellectual Property Institute
Courses Taught Intellectual Property Fundamentals Intellectual Property Law & Policy Patent Law & Policy Copyright Law Computer Law Property
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Professor Chris Cotropia is director of the School of Law's Intellectual Property Institute. He writes in the areas of patent law, intellectual property, and federal courts. He is the author of numerous book chapters, amicus briefs, and law review articles on these subjects, and his scholarship has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among other venues. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty, Professor Cotropia was the C. J. Morrow Research Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law.

Awards
University of Richmond University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award (2015)
Presentations
Presenter, "The Hidden Value of Abandoned Patent Applications to the Patent System," Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Society of Empirical Legal Studies (November 2019)
Presenter, "The Hidden Value of Abandoned Patent Applications to the Patent System," Empirical Patent Law Conference, Georgetown Law Center (October 2019)
Presenter, "The Hidden Value of Abandoned Patent Applications to the Patent System," University of Richmond, University of Richmond (June 2019)
Commentator, "Retractions," Empirical Methods in IP, USPTO (April 2019)
Commentator, "Strategic Citations: A Reassessment," 7th Annual Empirical Patent Conference, Duke University (March 2019)
Bar Admissions
California
Professional Experience
Dennis I. Belcher Professor of Law (2019 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Director, Intellectual Property Institute (2014 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Professor of Law (2009 - 2019)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate Professor of Law (2006 - 2009)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
C.J. Morrow Research Associate Professor of Law (2003 - 2006)
Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, LA
Intellectual Property Litigation Associate (2001 - 2003)
Fish & Richardson P.C., Washington, DC
Law Clerk for the Hon Alvin A. Schall (1999 - 2001)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Publications
Journal Articles

Patents as Signals of Quality in Crowdfunding, University of Illinois Law Review (2021).

Convergence and Conflation in Online Copyright, 105 Iowa Law Review 1027 (with Jim Gibson) (2020).

The Hidden Value of Abandoned Applications to the Patent System, 61 Boston College Law Review (with David Schwartz) (2020).

Menstruation Management in United States Schools and Implications for Attendance, Academic Performance, and Health, 6 Women's Reproductive Health 289 (2019).

Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates, 59 William and Mary Law Review 771 (with Lee Petherbridge) (2018).

Higher Education and the DMCA, 25 Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (with Jim Gibson) (2018).

Who Benefits from Repealing Tampon Taxes? Empirical Evidence from New Jersey, 15 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 620 (with Kyle Rozema) (2018).

Physicalism and Patent Theory, 69 Vanderbilt Law Review 1543 (2016).

Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and Table of Contents: An Empirical Analysis, 85 Mississippi Law Journal 295 (with Lee Petherbridge) (2016).

Is Patent Claim Interpretation Deference or Correction Driven?, 2014 Brigham Young University Law Review 1095 (2015).

Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation, 92 Texas Law Review 1981 (with James Gibson) (2014) (Symposium: Steps Toward Evidence-Based IP)).

Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation, 92 Texas Law Review 1981 (with Jim Gibson) (2014).

Patent Claim Interpretation Review: Deference or Correction Driven, 2014 Brigham Young University Law Review 1095 (2014).

Predictability and Nonobviousness in Patent Law after KSR, 20 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 391 (2014).

The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge, 124 Yale Law Journal Forum 18 (with Lee Petherbridge) (2014).

Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), 99 Minnesota Law Review 649 (with Jay Kesan et al.) (2014).

Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity, 42 Research Policy 844 (with Mark Lemley et al.) (2013).

Patent Applications and the Performance of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 23 Federal Circuit Bar Journal i (with Cecil Quillen et al.) (2013).

What is the "Invention?", 53 William and Mary Law Review 1855 (2012).

The Strength of the International Trade Commission as a Patent Venue, 20 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 1 (2011).

The Upside of Intellectual Property's Downside, 57 UCLA Law Review 921 (with James Gibson) (2010).

The Upside of Intellectual Property’s Downside, 57 UCLA Law Review 921 (with Jim Gibson) (2010).

Copying in Patent Law, 87 North Carolina Law Review 1421 (with Mark Lemley) (2009).

Describing Patents as Real Options, 34 Journal of Corporation Law 1127 (2009).

Modernizing Patent Law's Inequitable Conduct Doctrine, 24 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 723 (2009).

The Folly of Early Filing in Patent Law, 61 Hastings Law Journal 65 (2009).

The Individual Inventor Motif in the Age of the Patent Troll, 12 Yale Journal of Law and Technology 52 (2009).

The Unreasonableness of the Patent Office's "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" Standard, 37 AIPLA Quarterly Journal 285 (with Dawn-Marie Bey) (2009).

Observations on Recent Decisions: The Year in Review, 88 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 46 (2006).

After-Arising Technologies and Tailoring Patent Scope, 61 New York University Annual Survey of American Law 151 (2005).

Patent Claim Interpretation and Information Costs, 9 Lewis & Clark Law Review 57 (2005).

Arising Under Jurisdiction and Uniformity in Patent Law, 9 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 253 (2003).

Post-Expiration Patent Injunctions, 7 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 105 (1998).

Book Chapters

Empirical Analysis of Patent Validity, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Edward Elgar) (Peter Menell et al., eds.) (with Ronald Mann) (2019).

Ethics: Conflict of Interest Issues in Patent Litigation, in IP Enforcement and Litigation 2012: Civil and Criminal Update (PLI Intellectual Property Course Handbook Series) (2012).

Compulsory Licensing Under TRIPS and the Supreme Court of the United States's Decision in Ebay v. MercExchange, in Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2009).

Internet, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (MacMillian) (David MacMillian, ed.) (2008).

Education
J.D., University of Texas School of Law 1999
B.S., Northwestern University 1996
Contact Information
Room 321, Law School
(804) 484 1574
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Intellectual Property
Patent Law
Computer Law