UC Irvine School of Law Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award


IRVINE, Calif., April 5, 2011—Prof. Dan L. Burk, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to pursue research during the 2010-2011 academic year on comparative biotechnology patent processes in Germany, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Burk, a founding faculty member at UC Irvine School of Law, is the author of numerous articles and a recent book on patent law, and is ranked among the top-cited authors in the U.S. on intellectual property. He holds graduate degrees in both Molecular Biology and in Law, and since 1995 has taught courses on Patent Law, Biotechnology Law, and related areas of intellectual property. For more information about Burk, visit his faculty pages at law.uci.edu.

Burk is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the State Department. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program has provided nearly 300,000 people with the opportunity to observe other political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures. It operates in more than 155 countries. For details, visit fulbright.state.gov.

Contact: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications, 949-824-3063, rbossert@law.uci.edu

About UCI School of Law

Opened in August 2009, UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked 9th in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The first two classes of students have median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.