R. Anthony Reese

Chancellor's Professor of Law

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Copyright, Trademark


Professor Reese specializes in copyright law, trademark law, and Internet aspects of intellectual property law.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, he spent 10 years as a law professor at The University of Texas at Austin.  He has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and at NYU School of Law, and has taught copyright law in several international programs.

Professor Reese has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in a variety of U.S. and foreign law reviews and collections, and has spoken widely on those issues.  His work has a particular focus on the complexity and nuance of copyright doctrine. His current research interests include various aspects of the termination of transfer provisions in U.S. copyright law, and the preservation of works of authorship.

He has served since 2014 as an associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Copyright.

He is also co-author of the casebooks COPYRIGHT, PATENT, TRADEMARK AND RELATED STATE DOCTRINES (with Paul Goldstein), COPYRIGHT (with Robert Gorman & Jane Ginsburg), and INTERNET COMMERCE (with Margaret Jane Radin and John Rothchild).

His public service has included serving on the boards of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association and the Yale-China Association, as well as advising the Texas Judicial Council’s Committee on Public Access to Court Records.  From 2007 to 2010, Professor Reese was a member of the Copyright Principles Project, a group of 20 copyright academics and lawyers that made extensive proposals for reforming U.S. copyright law.

Before entering teaching, Professor Reese was a Research Fellow in the Program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School, and practiced intellectual property law with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco (where he remains special counsel). He clerked for the Hon. Betty B. Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after earning his J.D. degree with distinction from Stanford University. Before law school, he earned his B.A. degree in Russian Language and Literature from Yale University, and worked for several years in international educational exchange, including two years teaching in the People’s Republic of China.

Current Courses:

Copyright Law

Copyright Practicum

Prior Courses:

Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law, Digital Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Theory

Recent Publications

Prof. Reese’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN | Full Publication List

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