CHRISTOPHER COTROPIA

LAW PROFESSOR & ATTORNEY

Professor of Law and Austin Owen Research Fellow at the University of Richmond School of Law and Partner at Bey & Cotropia PLLC

  • Christopher A. Cotropia
  • Richmond Law School
    28 Westhampton Road
    Richmond, VA 23173
  • chris@cotropia.com
  • 804-484-1574
  • www.cotropia.com

Employment

  • University of Richmond School of Law2006 - Present

    Professor of Law

    Austin Owen Research Fellow, 2013-15.

  • Bey & Cotropia PLLC2013 - Present

    Partner

  • Tulane University School of Law2003 - 2006

    Associate Professor of Law

    C.J. Morrow Research Associate Professor of Law, 2005-06.

  • Fish & Richardson P.C.2001 - 2003

    Intellectual Property Litigation Associate

  • Honorable Alvin A. Schall, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit1999 - 2001

    Law Clerk

  • Honorable Thomas R. Phillips, Supreme Court for the State of Texas1998

    Intern

  • Honorable Charles A. Legge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California1997

    Extern

  • Texas Instruments1995

    Software Engineer

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law1996 - 1999

    J.D. with Honors

    Order of the Coif; Articles Editor – Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
    Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law, 1998-1999
    1st place, Susman Godfrey Moot Court Competition, 1998.

  • Queen Mary & Westfield College - Centre for Commercial Law Studies1998

    Study in International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law

  • Northwestern University1992 - 1996

    B.S. with Honors and Distinction in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

    Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Societies
    Honors Thesis: Processor Performance/Area Optimization
    Coon Hardy Scholarship for Debating Excellence, 1992.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

  • District of Columbia

  • California

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courses Taught

  • Intellectual Property Law

  • Intellectual Property Law and Policy

  • Patent Law

  • Computer Law

  • Copyright Law

  • Property

Memberships

  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (Board Member)

  • American Association of Law Schools

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

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Articles

Book Chapters

  • Empirical Analysis of Patent Validity

    Research Handbooks on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming 2016) (co-authored with Ronald Mann)
  • Compulsory Licensing Under TRIPS and the Supreme Court of the United States's Decision in eBay v. MercExchange

    in Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Toshiko Takenaka ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2009)
  • Internet

    in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhau ed., New York: MacMillian Reference USA/Thomson-Gale) (2008)
  • Nonobviousness as an Exercise in Gap Measuring

    in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth (P. Yu ed., Praeger Publishers) (2006)

Works-in-Progress

Amicus Briefs

  • Brief of Demand Progress as Interested Non-Party, U.S. v. Kim Dotcom


    No. 1:12-cr-00003-LO (E.D. Va. June 2012) (Co-Author and Counsel of Record)

  • Brief of Professor Christopher A. Cotropia as Amicus Curiae in Support of Eli Lilly's Answers to the En Banc Questions, Ariad Pharms., Inc. v. Eli Lilly & Co.


    No. 2008-1248 (Fed. Cir. en banc Nov. 18, 2009) (Author and Counsel of Record) (cited in resulting opinion)

  • Brief of Business and Law Professors as Amicus Curiae in Support of the Respondent, KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc.


    No. 04-1350 (U.S. Oct. 16, 2006) (Co-Author and Counsel of Record)

  • Brief of Professors John R. Allison, et. al. as Amicus Curiae in Support of the Respondents, MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc.


    No. 05-608 (U.S. July 26, 2006) (Co-Author)

Talks and Presentations

  • Higher Education and the DMCANovember 2015

    Conference on Empirical Research on Copyright Issues -- Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Physicalism and Patent TheoryNovember 2015

    Symposium--The Patent Disclosure, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Heterogeneity Among Patent Owners in LitigationNovember 2015

    Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Washington University
  • Empirical Analysis of Patent ValidityAugust 2015

    Northwestern University School of Law
  • Patent Eligible Subject Matter: Key Cases and Current RequirementsMarch 2015

    United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • USPTO's Patentable Subject-Matter Analysis After AliceFebruary 2015

    United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation RatesNovember 2014

    Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Fair UseNovember 2014

    Campus Copyright Committee, University of Richmond
  • Ethical Conflicts in Intellectual Property LawOctober 2014

    Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Trade SecretsOctober 2014

    Virginia State-Federal Judicial Conference, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs)May 2014

    Annual Meeting, American Law and Economics Association, Chicago, IL
  • Relative Gender Impact in the Production of Legal KnowledgeApril 2014

    University of Richmond School of Law
  • IP Surprise! Defensive Patent Aggregators (Anti-Trolls)April 2014

    New York Law School
  • Are Patent Assertion Entities Responsible for the Rise in Patent Suits?February 2014

    Federal Circuit Bar Association Webcast
  • Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright LitigationJanuary 2014

    Steps Toward Evidence-Based IP Symposium, University of Texas School of Law
  • Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) Under the MicroscopeJanuary 2014

    Licensing Executives Society, Austin, Texas
  • Patentable Subject Matter: Software and Business MethodsJanuary 2014

    United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ethical Conflicts in Intellectual Property LawOctober 2013

    Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, Richmond Law School
  • Rising USPTO Prosecution Fees and Their Impact on Patent Attorneys and Patent QualityOctober 2013

    Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Patent Exhaustion and Patent LicensingOctober 2013

    25th Annual Virginia State Bar IP Seminar, Williamsburg, VA
  • Significant Recent Developments: International Trade and FTASeptember 2013

    2013 Federal Bar Association International Series, Toronto Canada
  • Copyright’s Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright LitigationAugust 2013

    Richmond Law School
  • Predictability as a Basis for NonobviousnessNovember 2012

    The Center for American and International Law, Dallas, Texas
  • Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of ValidityNovember 2012

    Seventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Stanford Law School
  • Patent Conflicts of InterestsMarch 2012

    Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York
  • Learning Theory and the Federal CircuitFebruary 2012

    American University Law Review Federal Circuit Symposium, American University School of Law
  • Patent Conflicts of InterestsFebruary 2012

    Thirteenth Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, University of Texas School of Law
  • An Overview of the Prosecution and Litigation Landscape after Patent ReformJanuary 2012

    United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Patent Remedies at the International Trade Commission: An Empirical Analysis of KyoceraFebruary 2011

    Inaugural Samsung-Stanford Conference on Patent Remedies, Stanford Law School
  • Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of ValidityNovember 2010

    Second Annual Research Roundtable on Empirical Studies of Patent Litigation, Northwestern University School of Law
  • What is the Invention?September 2010

    Patent Scope Revisited: Merges & Nelson's On the Complex Economics of Patent Scope, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • The Folly of Early Filing in Patent LawOctober 2010

    American University School of Law
  • Analyzing In re BilskiJuly 2010

    Hot Topics in Patent Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Bilski v. Kappos: A First LookJuly 2010

    Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Ariad Pharmaceuticals v. Eli Lily: Examining the Written Requirement for PatentabilityApril 2010

    American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Teleconference Series
  • Section 112 and Ariad v. Eli LillyApril 2010

    North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC
  • ITC Activity Post-KyoceraApril 2010

    24th Annual American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference, Washington, DC
  • Section 112, the Written Description Requirement, and Ariad v. Eli LillyJanuary 2010

    United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • The Folly of Early Filing in Patent LawNovember 2009

    George Washington University Law School
  • Determining Uniformity Within the Federal Circuit By Measuring Dissent and En Banc Review October 2009

    The Federal Circuit as an Institution, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • The Upside of Intellectual Property's DownsideAugust 2009

    Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting
  • The Individual Inventor Motif in the Age of the Patent Troll June 2009

    Patents and Entrepreneurship in Business and Information Technologies, George Washington University Law School
  • The Upside of Intellectual Property's DownsideApril 2009

    Virginia Junior Faculty Forum
  • Fulfilling the Patent System's Public Notice FunctionMarch 2009

    Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting
  • Describing Patents as Real Options February 2009

    Invention, Creation, and Public Policy, Iowa University Law School
  • The Upside of Intellectual Property's DownsideFebruary 2009

    University of Washington Law School
  • The Upside of Intellectual Property's DownsideFebruary 2009

    Seattle University Law School
  • Rethinking the Patent System's Early Filing DoctrineJanuary 2009

    University of Houston Law Center
  • Rethinking the Patent System's Early Filing DoctrineJanuary 2009

    Columbia Law School
  • The Limits of Abstract Patents in an Intangible EconomyJanuary 2009

    The Brookings Institution
  • Rethinking the Patent System's Early Filing DoctrineOctober 2008

    SMU Law School
  • Inequitable Conduct: A Greatly Misunderstood Defense October 2008

    IP Law Review, New York, New York
  • Practicing Before the USPTO and US Copyright Office: Ethical IssuesOctober 2008

    American Intellectual Property Law Association—Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

Upcoming

Testimony

  • Fulfilling the Patent System's Public Notice Function


    Federal Trade Commission, March 2009

  • Process Patents


    United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, May 2007

  • Public Interest


    United States International Trade Commission in Certain Baseband Processor Chip and Chipsets, Transmitter and Receiver (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips, and Products Containing Same, Including Cellular Telephone Handsets, Inv. No. 337-TA-543, March 2007