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Prof. Jorge Contreras

Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Jorge L. Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law. He is the recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award at the College of Law and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Utah Genome Project.

Professor Contreras has previously served on the law faculties of American University Washington College of Law and Washington University in St. Louis, and was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and intellectual property law in Boston, London and Washington DC.

Professor Contreras’s current research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use and dissemination of data generated by large-scale scientific research projects. His published work has appeared in scientific, legal and policy journals including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Georgetown Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Florida State Law Review, Jurimetrics, American University Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Antitrust Law Journal, Santa Clara Law Review and Utah Law Review. He recently co-edited an interdisciplinary volume exploring legal issues at the intersection of biological and computational science, Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era(Chicago: ABA Publishing, 2013), and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Korea Times and other national and international media outlets.

Professor Contreras serves Co-Chair of the Technical Standardization Committee of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law, and a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils, the Advisory Council of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences (NCATS), the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Board at NIH and the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  He has recently served as Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes and the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at NIH. 

He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BA, BSEE) and clerked for Chief Justice Thomas R. Philips of the Texas Supreme Court.  Professor Contreras is the reciepient of theEarly Career Teaching Award from the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Faculty Scholarship Award from American University Washington College of Law.

Education
  • J.D. 1991, Law, Harvard Law School
  • B.S.E.E. and B.A. 1988, Electrical Engineering and English, Rice University

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Publications and Multimedia
FTC’s 6(b) Patent Assertion Entity Study - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
October 18, 2016
The Seed Patent Case: Bowman v. Monsanto - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group and George Mason University School of Law's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Podcast
June 03, 2013