Prof. Sean O'Connor

Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

Sean O'Connor is a Visiting Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School for the 2012-2013 academic year. He will be teaching Contracts, Corporate Finance, and Law and Entrepreneurship Practicum. O'Connor is Professor of Law and the founder and Faculty Director of the Law, Business & Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. His research focuses on how legal structures and strategies facilitate innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the role of the general counsel in start-up companies.

At UW, O'Connor has been the founding Chair of the Law, Technology & Arts Group, founder and Faculty Director of the pioneering Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Co-Director of the Program in IP Law & Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies and Research in IP (CASRIP). He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and commissioned reports, including for the National Academy of Science and the International IP Institute. He is a co-author of the casebook, Genetic Technologies and the Law.

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 working on Methodology: Art, Science, Technology, Law, and the Means of Innovation to be published by Oxford University Press, and a new style law textbook Biotechnology Law: Case Study Approach to Commercialization Issues..

  • B.A. 1988, University of Massachusetts
  • M.A. 1995, Arizona State University
  • J.D. 1998, Stanford University

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Publications and Multimedia
Bowman v. Monsanto - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-2-13 featuring Sean O’Connor
July 02, 2013
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