Prof. Michael Risch

Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Professor Michael Risch joined the Villanova faculty in 2010 from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he directed the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Law Program. Prior to joining the West Virginia faculty, he served as an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School. Professor Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and internet law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and information access.  His articles have been published in the Stanford Law Review and Duke Law Journal, among others; online in the Yale Law Journal Online and PENNumbra; and less formally at the Madisonian, Prawfsblawg, and Patently-O blogs. Two of his articles have been cited by the United States Supreme Court. Professor Risch received his A.B. with honors and distinction in Public Policy and with distinction in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University, and his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to entering academia, he was a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California.

  • A.B. Stanford University
  • J.D. University of Chicago Law School

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Publications and Multimedia
Hana Financial v. Hana Bank - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-11-15 featuring Michael Risch
May 11, 2015
The Myriad Decision and Patented Innovation in the Biotech Industry - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group and George Mason University School of Law's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Podcast
July 11, 2013
Patent Licensing - A Detriment or Key to Innovation? - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast Co-sponsored by the George Mason University Law School Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
February 25, 2013
Bilski v. Doll - Cert Granted SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 8-13-09
August 13, 2009