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Prof. John F. Duffy

Prof. John F. Duffy

University of Virginia School of Law
Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law
Charlottesville, VA, USA


Prof. John F. Duffy
Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law

John F. Duffy is the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.  Professor Duffy received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College in 1985 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1989.  Prior to entering academics, Professor Duffy clerked for Stephen Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Scalia on the United States Supreme Court and served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. 

Professor Duffy is the co-author of a casebook on patent law, Patent Law and Policy (6th ed. 2013) (with Robert Patrick Merges) and has published articles on a wide range of regulatory and intellectual property issues in journals such as University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, NYU Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Supreme Court Review.  In the field of intellectual property, Professor Duffy has been identified as one of 25 most influential people in nation (by the U.S. publication The American Lawyer) and one of the 50 most influential people in the world (by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property).  His 2008 article “Are Administrative Patent Judges Unconstitutional?” was covered on National Public Radio (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90245762) and in the New York Times (Adam Liptak, In One Flaw, Questions on Validity of 46 Judges, May 6, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/washington/06bar.html).  The article subsequently led to the enactment of legislation that restructured the appointment process for patent judges. 
 
Professor Duffy also consults on litigation and has served as counsel for parties or amici in cases such as KSR v. Teleflex, 550 U.S. 398 (2007), Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. Gateway, Inc., 580 F. 3d 1301 (Fed. Cir. 2009), Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. 593 (2010), Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eli Lilly and Co., 598 F. 3d 1336 (Fed. Cir. 2010), and In re TC Heartland, Inc. (Fed. Cir. pending).

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