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HIPLA Professor of Law

Andrews Kurth Professor of Law

B.E.E., Manhattan College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., George Washington University

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Stanford University


For more information, visit Professor Kumar’s Web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty.


For more information, visit Professor Joyce’s Web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty.

Professor Joyce is the lead author of the widely used casebook, COPYRIGHT LAW, which has been adopted for classroom instruction in dozens of law schools across the country (7th ed. 2006). His articles on copyright doctrine and history have appeared in numerous journals, including the Michigan and UCLA law reviews, and are cited regularly by the federal appellate courts. He edited THE MAJESTY OF THE LAW for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Professor Joyce practiced law at Fennemore, Craig, von Ammon & Udall in Phoenix before entering academia in 1981, and has taught at the UH Law Center since 1986. Besides his duties as a director of the Institute since 1991, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Special Programs from 1996 to 1999.

Subjects: Copyright, Torts, American Legal History

Recent Scholarship includes: COPYRIGHT LAW (8th ed. forthcoming 2010) (with Leaffer, Jaszi & Ochoa); A UNIFIED THEORY OF COPYRIGHT, by L. Ray Patterson & Stanley H. Birch, Jr. (Craig Joyce ed. 2009), originally published in 46 HOUS. L. REV. 215 (2009); “William Cranch,” “Richard Peters, Jr.,” and “Henry Wheaton in YALE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN LAW (Roger K. Newman ed. 2009);Copyright in Context: Introduction, 44 HOUS. L. REV. 815 (2007); Lazy B and the Nation’s Court: Pragmatism in Service of Principle, 119 HARV. L. REV. 1257 (2006); A Good Judge, 30 J. S. CT. HIST. 100 (2006); A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature, 43 HOUS. L. REV. 325 (2005); “The Story of Wheaton v. Peters,” in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STORIES (Jane C. Ginsburg & Rochelle Dreyfuss Cooper eds., 2005); multiple entries in OXFORD COMPANION TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (2d ed. 2004); Owning the Law, in 100 AMERICANS MAKING CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY (2004); Historical Preface to IN-CHAMBERS OPINIONS OF THE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (2004); Copyright in 1791: An Essay Concerning the Founders’ View of the Copyright Power Granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, 52 EMORY L.J. 909 (2003) (with L. Ray Patterson); THE MAJESTY OF THE LAW: REFLECTIONS OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE (Random House 2003, hardcover ed. 2003 & paperback ed. 2004) (written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and edited by Professor Joyce).

Sapna Kumar joins the University of Houston Law Center faculty after clerking for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, she practiced in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and then at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, and then served as a Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law and at Duke’s Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. She has taught and written on open-source software licensing and how patent protection affects innovation in the emerging field of synthetic biology. Professor Kumar’s current research interests in intellectual property include an examination of the intersection of patent law, administrative law, and public policy.

Subjects: Patent Law, Administrative Law, Property

Recent Scholarship includes: The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC, 61 FLA. L. REV. 529 (2009); Proprietary Scienc , Open Scienc , and the Role of Patent Disclosure: The Case of Zinc Finger Proteins, NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 27, 140-144 (2009) (with Rai, Chandrasekharan & Valley); GPL Version 3’s DRM and Patent Clauses Under German and U.S. Law, COMPUTER L. REV. INT. (April 15, 2008) (with Koglin); Synthetic Biology: The Intellectual Property Puzzl , 85 U. TEXAS L. REV. 1745 (2007) (with Rai); Enforcing The GPL, 2006 U. ILL. J.L. TECH. & POLY 1.

A recognized expert on patent litigation, Professor Janicke clerked at the U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals in Washington, D.C., from 1969 to 1971 before joining the intellectual property firm of Arnold, White & Durkee, where he later served as managing partner. Professor Janicke joined the UH Law Center faculty in 1992. His casebook, MODERN PATENT LITIGATION, was published by Carolina Academic Press in 1999.

Subjects: Patent Law, Patent Litigation, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Military Law, Evidence

Recent Scholarship includes: Venue Transfers From the Eastern District of Texas: Case-By-Case or an Endemic Problem?, LANDSLIDE (ABA JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SECTION) (forthcoming 2009); The Limits of Equity: Attempted Judicial Licensing of Patent Infringers Who Lose in Litigation (forthcoming 2009); Die Reform des U.S. Patentrechts im Jahr 2007, 56 GEWERBLICHER RECHTSSCHUTZ UND URHEBERRECHT INTERNATIONAL TEIL 791 (2007); MODERN PATENT LITIGATION (Carolina Academic Press 2006); Who Wins Patent Infringement Cases?, 34 AIPLA Q.J. 1 (2006); Four Key Points in the Current Patent Reform Effort in the United States, 5 ICFAI J. INTELL. PROP. RTS. 14 (2006) (Hyderabad, India); Two Unsettled Areas of the Federal Circuit’s Patent Jurisdiction, 11 VA. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2006); On the Causes of Unpredictability of Federal Circuit Decisions in Patent Cases, 3 NW. J. TECH. & INTELL. PROP. 93 (2005); “Maybe We Shouldn’t Arbitrate”: Some Aspects of the Risk/Benefit Calculus of Agreeing to Binding Arbitration of Patent Disputes, 39 HOUS. L. REV. 693 (2002); To Be or Not To Be: The Long Gestation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 69 J. ANTITRUST L. 645 (2002).

For more information, visit Professor Janicke’s Web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty.


Assistant Professor of Law

B.S. (Mathematics), B.A. (Philosophy), University of Texas- Austin; J.D., University of Chicago

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