R. Anthony Reese
Chancellor's Professor of Law
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 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
Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law, Digital Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Theory
- “What Copyright Owes the Future,” (PDF) (2012 Baker Botts Lecture), 50 University Of of Houston Law Review 287 (2012)
- “Copyright and Trademark Law and Public Interest Lawyering,” (PDF) 2 UC Irvine Law Review 911 (2012)
- “Copyright and Innovation in Legal Course Materials,” in Legal Education and the Electronic Revolution (Edward Rubin, ed.; Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- “The Relationship Between the ISP Safe Harbors and Liability for Inducement,” (PDF) 2011 Stanford Technology Law Review 8 (2011)
- “The Copyright Principles Project: Directions for Reform,” (PDF) 25 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1175–1245 (2011) (with 19 other members of the Copyright Principles Project)
- “Preserving the Unpublished Public Domain,” in Working Within The Boundaries of Intellectual Property: Innovation Policy for the Knowledge Society (Rochelle Dreyfuss, Harry First & Diane L. Zimmerman, eds.; Oxford & New York, Oxford University Press 2010)
- “The Relationship Between the ISP Safe Harbors and the Ordinary Rules of Copyright Liability,” (PDF) 32 The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 427 (2009)
- “Photographs of Public Domain Paintings: How, If at All, Should We Protect Them?,” (PDF) 34 Journal of Corporation Law 1033 (2009)
- June 30-July 1, 2014
Participant, Copyright and the Public Interest workshop, Strasbourg, France
- May 16, 2014
Speaker, “Be Careful Where You Live When You Die: Termination of Copyright Transfers and Marriage Inequality” at the 2014 Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
- April 3, 2014
Speaker, “Copyrightable Subject Matter in the Next Great Copyright Act” at The Next Great Copyright Act, UC Berkeley School of Law
- April 2013
Speaker, “Reforming Termination Formalities,” at the Symposium on Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law
- January 2013
Speaker, “What is a ‘Work of Authorship?’” at the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, Chicago–Kent College of Law & Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- April 13, 2012
Speaker, “Copyright and Trademark Law as Public Interest Law” at the Symposium on Business Law as Public Interest Law, School of Law, University of California, Irvine
- March 2012
Speaker, “What Does Copyright Owe the Future?” at the 2012 Baker Botts LLP Lecture, Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law, University of Houston Law Center
- January 2012
Speaker, “What is a ‘Work of Authorship’?” at the Symposium on Copyright & Creativity: Perspectives on Originality, Authorship, and Expression; Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law
- April 26, 2011
UCI Chancellor’s Chair Lecture
- Intellectual Property Colloquium online audio show: Prof. Reese on “The First Sale Doctrine”
- Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports: UCI Law’s IP/Cyberlaw program ranks 15th in survey