ABOUT PROFESSOR MADISON

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Professor Michael J. Madison
Professor of Law and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Senior Scholar and Academic Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.
Faculty Director, Innovation Practice Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Specialties and expertise: Research and teaching relating to intellectual property law, knowledge and information institutions, commons, and innovation and creativity.

Biography

Professor Michael Madison is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is Senior Scholar and Academic Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber). At Pitt Law, he is Faculty Director of the Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) and a John E. Murray Faculty Scholar.

As a researcher and teacher, Professor Madison focuses on intellectual property law and policy and on institutional governance of knowledge and innovation. His scope ranges from the development of research universities to data, networks, and computer software. He is the author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, the co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property (Wolters Kluwer, 5th edition 2017), and the co-editor of Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Professor Madison is the co-founder of the global research network titled the Workshop on Governing Knowledge Commons.

As leader of Pitt Law’s IPI, Madison trains lawyers to succeed in the 21st century legal profession, to contribute collaboratively to the innovation economy, and to become entrepreneurs and leaders.  Before becoming a law professor in 1997, he practiced law in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

His awards and distinctions include the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at Pitt, a fellowship from the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers project at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in Denver, and election to membership in the American Law Institute in 2016.

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