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Hon. F. Scott Kieff

Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

Professor Kieff joined the faculty at the George Washington University Law School in the summer of 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012. 

He took a leave of absence from George Washington University effective October 18, 2013, to swear in as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, having been nominated to that post by President Barack H. Obama, recommended unanimously by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Finance, and confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on August 1, 2013, for the term expiring on June 16, 2020.

Before starting at the USITC, he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he served as Director and a Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as a Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and as a Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity. He resigned these roles at the Stanford University Hoover Institution to take up his post at the Commission. 

He previously served as a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford; and a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard. 

Before entering academia, he practiced law for over six years as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York and Jenner & Block in Chicago and as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich. After entering academia, he regularly served as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator, and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts.

His research, teaching, practice, and consulting work focused on the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, trade, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, medical ethics, technology policy, and health policy. 

He was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March, 2012.

Originally from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, he became a lawyer in New York City and now lives with his family in Washington, DC. Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied molecular biology and microeconomics at MIT and conducted research in molecular genetics at the Whitehead Institute.

Education
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania
Publications and Multimedia
Laws of Creation: An Examination of Intellectual Property Rights - Event Audio/Video
Intellectual Property Practice Group
January 31, 2013
Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation? - Event Audio/Video
Corporations, Securities, and Antitrust Practice Group
March 14, 2012
Will Americans Continue to Invent? - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
February 02, 2012
IP and Parallel Importation - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
The America Invents Act: First to File versus First to Invent? - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
June 20, 2011
Patent Enforcement in the 21st Century - Event Audio
Boston Lawyers Chapter, Intellectual Property Practice Group, and Litigation Practice Group
June 01, 2011
Global-Tech Appliances v. SEB S.A. - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-11-11 featuring F. Scott Kieff
March 11, 2011
Intellectual Property and Economic Growth - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention - "The Federal Government's Economic Role in our Constitutional System"
November 12, 2009
Quanta: Patent Rights in the Supreme Court - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group
September 30, 2009
A Reemergence of Regulation at the Interface Between Patents and Antitrust
Engage Volume 4, Issue 1, May 2003
May 01, 2003