Nimmer on Copyright: Celebrating 50 Years

Peter S. Menell


Peter S. Menell is the Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He serves on a part-time basis as one of the inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Menell earned his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as a member of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Menell joined the law faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, where his research and teaching have focused on the fields of intellectual property and the digital technology and entertainment industries, as well as environmental law and policy, property law, and law and economics. He founded the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology in 1995 and served as Executive Director from 1999 to 2005.

Professor Menell has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and eight books, including leading casebooks on intellectual property and Internet law. Since 1998 he has organized more than 40 intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center, including an annual multi-day program on "Intellectual Property in the Digital Age." He has advised the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state attorneys general, and major technology and entertainment companies on a wide range of intellectual property and antitrust matters. He is Vice-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences project on copyright and innovation. He has submitted amicus briefs in leading intellectual property cases and consulted and served as an expert witness on a variety of intellectual property matters in state, federal, and foreign tribunals. He writes regular commentaries on copyright law and policy that appear on the Media Institute website.

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