Margo A. Bagley is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at the Emory University School of Law where she teaches a variety of intellectual property courses, including Patent Law, Trademark Law, and International Patent Law and Policy. Professor Bagley returned to Emory after ten years on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was most recently Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law. Her scholarship has focused on a number of aspects of patent law, including technology transfer, the role of morality in biotech patenting, traditional knowledge protection, and access to essential medicines.
Professor Bagley is a member of the Georgia Bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Previously, she enjoyed an intellectual property practice with the law firms Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP before joining the Emory faculty in 1999. Professor Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue and is also an expert technical advisor to the Government of Mozambique in several World Intellectual Property Organization matters. Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and technology transfer.
Professor Bagley has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as two books with co-authors: Bagley, Okediji and Erstling, International Patent Law & Policy (West Publishing 2013) and Patent Law in Global Perspective (Okediji and Bagley eds., Oxford University Press 2014). She also recently authored a report on Digital DNA: Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property Treaties, and the Nagoya Protocol, commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Bagley worked in industry (with the Procter & Gamble Company and the Coca Cola Company) for several years before attending law school, and is a co-inventor on a patent for reduced fat peanut butter.
Professor Bagley holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. She has been helping to prepare applicants for the Patent Office Exam since 2000.