Sean M. O'Connor

Professor of Law; Executive Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

BA, University of Massachusetts; MA, Arizona State University; JD, Stanford University

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  • Email: Send an email
  • Phone: 703-993-8937
  • Office: Room 433C, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address:
    Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Mason University
    3301 Fairfax Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Sean O’Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is a Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School.  Professor O’Connor first joined CPIP in 2014 as a Senior Scholar. He was previously Boeing International Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. His research focuses on intellectual property and business law with regard to start-ups and commercializing technology and arts innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the strategic role of the general counsel. Professor O’Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Massachusetts. He is currently completing a book, The Means of Innovation: Creation, Control, Method+ology, and serving as Editor for a new Handbook of Music Law & Policy, both to be published by Oxford University Press.