Scalia Law is home to one of the nation’s most knowledgeable and prestigious faculty in the area of intellectual property. Learn more about some of our most impressive IP faculty members below. For full faculty profiles, visit the Faculty Directory.
Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Columbia University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School
Mossoff is Co-Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholars at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at Scalia Law. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a research assistant to Richard A. Epstein and held the Bradley Governance Fellowship. Following law school, he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Jaques L. Wiener Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Adam Mossoff teaches and writes in the areas of property and intellectual property law. His research focuses on the intersection between intellectual property law and property theory, with a special emphasis on natural rights philosophy and its role in the intellectual history of patent law. He has published numerous articles on topics in patent law, property law, legal history and legal philosophy in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Social Philosophy & Policy, among other journals.
Clinical Professor and Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy of CPIP
B.A., Bard College; J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law
Aistars is a Clinical Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, leading the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. She also serves as a Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy at the law school’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP).
IP LLM Program Director, Associate Professor of Law
B.A., St. John's College in Annapolis, MD; J.D., University of Michigan
Professor Christopher Newman graduate magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, where he served as book review editor for the Michigan Law Review and received Michigan’s highest law school award, the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. Following law school, Professor Newman was a clerk for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with whom he co-published What’s So Fair About Fair Use? From 2000-07, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters, as well as pro bono family and criminal law matters. Professor Newman left practice at the beginning of 2007 to serve an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he focused on his research and writing in the areas of property theory and intellectual property. From January 2008 until his arrival at Scalia Law, he served as a research fellow of UCLA’s Intellectual Property Project.
THE HONORABLE JOHN F. WITHERSPOON
Professor and Director Emeritus, Intellectual Property Program
B.S., University of Illinois; M.Ed., University of Illinois; M.S., University of Illinois; J.D., Georgetown University
Professor and Director Emeritus, Intellectual Property Program,The Honorable John F. Witherspoon was for many years the director of the law school's Intellectual Property Law track. He joined the faculty as an adjunct in 1992. Professor Witherspoon also practices patent law in his own firm in Washington, D.C. He previously served as an examiner-in-chief and member, Board of Appeals, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).
Associate Professor of Law
B.Com., University of Melbourne; LL.B., University of Melbourne; J.D., University of Chicago Law School
Professor Tun-Jen Chiang arrived at Scalia Law after having been an associate with business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhard Oliver & Hedges, LLP, in Silicon Valley, California, since 2005. Prior to this, he was a law clerk to Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the Federal Circuit. Professor Chiang was awarded his JD with honors by the University of Chicago Law School, where he was comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. His primary area of research is in patent law.
Executive Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Rutgers University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Matthew Barblan is a founding member of CPIP’s leadership team, joining CPIP in early 2013. As Executive Director, Matthew is responsible for the executive-level management of the Center. He oversees the development and operations of the Center’s research and policy programs, including fellowship programs in patent and copyright law, a substantial research grant program in intellectual property law and policy, and ongoing publications, events, and academic and policy engagement. Matthew is also responsible for CPIP’s development and fundraising efforts. He teaches copyright at Scalia Law and conducts research in patent and copyright law and policy. He also manages CPIP’s staff and oversees the Center’s communications and strategic growth.