Professor Chris Cotropia is director of the School of Law's Intellectual Property Institute and Austin Owen Research Fellow. He writes in the areas of patent law, intellectual property, and federal courts. He is the author of numerous book chapters, amicus briefs, and law review articles on these subjects, and his scholarship has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among other venues. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty, Professor Cotropia was the C. J. Morrow Research Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law.
"Heterogeneity Among Patent Owners in Litigation,"Tenth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Washington University, Nov. 2015.
"Empirical Analysis of Patent Validity," Northwestern University School of Law, Aug. 2015.
Should Your Law Review Have an Abstract and Table of Contents?, 82 Miss. L. J. __ (forthcoming 2015) (co-authored with Lee Petherbridge) (accepted via peer review).
Is Patent Claim Interpretation Deference or Correction Driven?, 2014 BYU L. Rev. 1095 (2015).
Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and Table of Contents?, 83 Miss. L. J. ___ (forthcoming 2015) (with Lee Petherbridge).
Empirical Analysis of Patent Validity, in Research Handbooks on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming 2016) (co-authored with Ronald Mann).
The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge, 124 Yale L.J.F. 18 (2014) (co-authored with Lee Petherbridge).
Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation, 92 Tex. L. Rev. 1981 (2014) (symposium – Steps Toward Evidence-Based IP) (co-authored with Jim Gibson).
Predictability and KSR's Fundamental Change to Nonobviousness in Patent Law, 20 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 391 (2014).
Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), 99 Minn. L. Rev. 649 (2014) (co-authored with Jay Kesan and David Schwartz).
Patent Applications and the Performance of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 23 Fed. Cir. Bar J. 179 (2013) (with Cecil D. Quillen, Jr. and Ogden H. Webster).
Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter?, 42 Res. Pol'y 844 (2013) (with Mark Lemley and Bhaven Sampat). [Journal]
What is the "Invention"?, 53 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1855 (2012).
Conflict of Interest Issues in Patent Litigation, in IP Enforcement and Litigation 2012: Civil and Criminal Update, at 519 (PLI Intell. Prop., Course Handbook Series No. G-1086, 2012).
The Strength of the International Trade Commission as a Patent Venue, 19 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 1 (2011).
Determining Uniformity Within the Federal Circuit by Measuring Dissent and En Banc Review, 43 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 801 (2010).
The Individual Inventor Motif in the Age of the Patent Troll, 12 Yale J.L. & Tech. 52 (2010).
The Upside of Intellectual Property's Downside, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 921 (2010) (with James Gibson).
Describing Patents as Real Options, 34 J. Corp. L. 1127 (2009).
Modernizing Patent Law's Inequitable Conduct Doctrine, 24 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 723 (2009).
The Unreasonableness of the Patent Office's "Broadest Reasonable Interpretation" Standard, 37 AIPLA Q. J. 285 (2009) (co-authored with Dawn-Marie Bey).
Copying in Patent Law, 87 N.C.L. Rev. 1421 (2009) (co-authored with Mark Lemley).
Patent Law Viewed Through an Evidentiary Lens: The "Suggestion Test" as a Rule of Evidence, 2006 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1517.
Patent Claim Interpretation Methodologies and Their Claim Scope Paradigms, 47 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 49 (2005).
Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity, at the Second Annual Research Roundtable on Empirical Studies of Patent Litigation, Northwestern University School of Law, November 2010.
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 2009). [SSRN]
Internet, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhau ed., MacMillian 2008).
IP Professors Q&A: Richmond Law's Christopher Cotropia (Law360)
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Cracking the Code (Style Weekly)
Tue., Jul. 8, 2014
What does the trademark ruling really mean for the Redskins? (NBC 12)
Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
Lighting Ballast, Anderson Study (IPFrontline Magazine)
Sat., Sep. 21, 2013
Patent bonanza is bad for business (CBS Moneywatch)
Tue., Mar. 26, 2013
Tue., Mar. 26, 2013