excites you most about joining the University of California, Irvine
School of Law faculty?
I’m excited to be founding a new intellectual property program at a top university in a region so technologically innovative as Southern California.
Describe your scholarship.
The recent expansion of patent law into new subject matter has allowed patents to issue on methods of speaking, methods of behaving, even methods of thinking. I am currently acting as an advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union to develop policy on challenging patents that may unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech or other civil liberties.
What inspired you
to go to law school?
In 1987, a Florida jury announced the first criminal conviction in the United States based on DNA profiling evidence. Reading newspaper accounts of the trial, I realized that lawyers and judges didn’t understand the science involved, and the time was right to add a law degree to my training in molecular biology.