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Dean and Leonard H. Childs Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Valparaiso University

Dean Nimmer is one of the world’s leading authorities on computer law. He has served as the official reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and as the principal architect of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. His treatise, THE LAW OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, was named the best new law book of 1985 by the Association of American Publishers. Continually revised and updated, the book is the leading text in the field. Dean Nimmer joined the University of Houston law faculty in 1975 and was acting dean of the UH Law Center from 1993 to 1995.

Subjects: Computer Law, Information Law, Digital Transactions, Network Law, Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Creditors’ Rights, Law and Science, Bankruptcy, Contracts

Recent Scholarship includes: THE LAW OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (4th ed. 2009); Licensing Information Assets in the New Economy:A Pro-Rights Perspective, INDIAN J.L. & TECH. (Bangalore, India 2008); Uniform Computer Information ransactions Act, in 10 UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE SERIES (William D. Hawkland ed. 1932, Supp. 2007); MODERN LICENSING LAW (2009 ed., with Jeff C. Dodd); An Essay on Article Two’s Irrelevance to Licensing Agreements, 40 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 235 (2007); The Legal Landscape of Electronic Commerce: Redefining Contract Law in an Information Era, 23 J. CONT. L. 10 (2007); Modernizing Secured Financing Law for International Information Financing:A Conceptual Framework, 6 HOUS. BUS. & TAX L.J. 1 (2006) (with Lorin Brennan); Google Print Library Project – Unfair Use of Copyright, 2006 COMP. L. REV. INTL 1; LICENSING OF INFORMATION ASSETS: CASES AND MATERIALS (2005, 2d ed. 2007); Contract , Markets and Data Control, in BNA INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REPORTS (2005); First Amendment Speech and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: A Property Marriage, in COPYRIGHT AND FREE SPEECH: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL ANALYSES (Jonathan Griffiths & Uma Suthersanen eds., 2004), reprinted in ICFAI J. INTELL. PROP. RTS. (2005); A Modern Template for Discussion: Emerging rends in Commercial Law, Surviving Tomorrow’s Challenges, 2 DEPAUL BUS. & COM. L.J. 623 (2004); UCITA and the Continuing Evolution of Digital Licensing Law, COMPUTER & INTERNET LAW., Mar. 2004 at 10, reprinted in LICENSING J., Jun. 2004 at 6;THE LAW OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS (2003, updated annually, 2008) (with Holly K.Towle); COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS: SECURED FINANCING, CASES, MATERIALS, PROBLEMS (3d ed. 2003) (with I. Hillinger & M. Hillinger); 2009 Antitrust Issues Online, in INTERNET LAW REGULATION (2002); Licensing in the Contemporary Information Economy, 8 WASH. U. J.L. & POLY 99 (2002); Revised Article 9 and Intellectual Property Asset Financing, 53 ME. L. REV. 287 (2001), reprinted in INTELL. PROP. REV. 2003; INFORMATION LAW (1996, updated annually, 2008 ,2009).

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


Associate Professor of Law

B.S.E.E., University of Missouri-Rolla; M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.B.A., Rockhurst University; J.D., Northwestern University

Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property systems as applied to software, with particular emphasis on free and open source software. Prior to teaching, he gained extensive hands-on business experience in software design project management, product management, and product marketing. He practiced at Kilpatrick Stockton’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office in the firm’s technology law group, and obtained registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. He then clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., before joining the UH Law Center faculty in 2002. Professor Vetter’s research interests include intellectual property, patents, the role of intellectual property in commercial law, and information technology law.

Subjects: Internet Law, International Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, Licensing, Property

Recent Scholarship includes: Embedding Thickets in Information Security?: Cryptography Patenting and Strategic Implications for Information Technolog , solicited chapter in HARBORING DATA: INFORMATION SECURITY, LAW AND THE CORPORATION (Andrea M. Matwyshyn ed., forthcoming Stanford University Press); Commercial Free and Open Source Software: Knowledge Production, Hybrid Appropriabilit , and Patents, 77 FORDHAM L. REV. 2087 (2009); Slouching Toward Open Innovation: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Electronic Health Information, 30 WASH. U. J.L. & POLY 179 (2009); Claiming Copyleft in Open Source Software: What if the Free Software Foundation’s General Public License (GPL) had been Patented?, 2008 MICH. ST. L. REV. 279; Exit and Voice in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), solicited chapter in OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: EMERGING ISSUES (G Usha ed., 2008); Open Source Licensing & Scattering Opportunism in Software Standard , 48 B.C. L. REV. 225 (2007); Exit & Voice in Free & Open Source Software Licensing: Moderating the Rein over Software User , 85 OR. L. REV. 183 (2006); Open Source Software and Information Wealth, solicited chapter in 4-volume treatise INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and INFORMATION WEALTH: ISSUES and PRACTICES in a DIGITAL AGE (Peter Yu ed., 2006); “Infectious” Open Source Software: Spreading Incentives or Promoting Resistance?, 36 RUTGERS L.J. 53 (2004); The Collaborative Integrity of Open Source Softwar , 2004 UTAH L. REV. 563 (2004).

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


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