Prof. Chris Holman
Chris Holman comes to UMKC after serving as vice-president of intellectual property and patent counsel at several Silicon Valley biotechnology companies. He was also an associate at a major intellectual property law firm. His research interests lie at the intersection of law and technology, with an emphasis on patent law as it is applied in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Professor Holman will teach courses in patent law, biotechnology torts, law and technology, and an intellectual property survey course. He will also be involved in interdisciplinary efforts with life science departments and the business school, and will assist with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
A native of California, Professor Holman received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California at Davis, and engaged in post-doctoral drug discovery research at Roche Biosciences in Palo Alto, California. He then attended law school at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, during which time he was an associate editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and served as a full-time judicial extern in federal court in the Northern District of California.
Professor Holman has published a number of scientific articles in the area of protein engineering and the relationship between enzyme structure and function. He recently published an article in the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal entitled “Protein Similarity Score: A Simplified Version of the BLAST Score as a Superior Alternative to Percent Identity for Claiming Genuses of Related Protein Sequences.” He recently presented some of his most recent scholarship at the 2005 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Cardozo School of Law and the Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at Washington University School of Law, and was an invited speaker at the 2005 Markey Symposium at John Marshall Law School.