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Technology, Communication, and Intellectual Property

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Georgetown Law is situated at the center of the increasingly complex legal and policy debates about the proliferation of communication technology and intellectual property rights. Our faculty includes top experts in the law and regulation of the information society and nationally-recognized scholars in areas such as privacy, pharmaceutical patents, trademark law, copyright theory, the protection of children online, and the ways that technology is changing the practice of law itself. With experience in key posts at federal agencies and in the private and nonprofit sectors, our faculty also brings a real-world perspective to the classroom, integrating the educational experience into the regulatory world. 

Students can gain valuable experience in the field through clinics and practicum courses in areas of communication technology and privacy law. At the Institute for Public Representation, a public interest law firm and clinical education program, students are intensely involved in timely cases at the intersection of law and technology. Their work includes preparing filings and presentations to federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission and filing briefs in the U.S Court of Appeals. 

In the Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology practicum, Georgetown Law students work with students from MIT to develop state-level legislation to address cutting-edge privacy issues. This interdisciplinary collaboration allows students interested in working at the nexus of law and technology to become more literate in the technology that drives privacy issues. And Georgetown Law’s DC location also opens doors to a broad range of externship opportunities in the federal agencies with authority over technology law and policy.

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law connects the policy and academic communities on critical and emerging privacy issues, such as civil rights implications of Big Data techniques, foreign intelligence gathering and cybersecurity law reform, and privacy issues created by technologies like health apps and facial recognition that collect personal information. The Center’s pivotal work includes informing the White House and federal agencies about consumer privacy rights and protecting personal data collection. Students who participate in the Center’s activities are trained to be leaders in privacy practice, policymaking, and advocacy.

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Faculty:

Alvaro Bedoya Profile
Alvaro Bedoya
Susan Bloch Profile
Susan Bloch
Tanina Rostain Profile
Tanina Rostain
Howard Shelanski Profile
Howard Shelanski
John Thomas Profile
John Thomas
David Vladeck Profile
David Vladeck
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Curriculum

Communications Law and Policy

Information Privacy Law

Law in a New Media World

Law of Cyberspace

Monopolies, Competition and the Regulation of Public Utilities
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Scholarship

  • Rebecca Tushnet, Registering Disagreement: Registration in Modern American Trademark Law, 130 Harv. L. Rev. 867-941 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Paul Ohm, The Surveillance Regulation Toolkit: Thinking Beyond Probable Cause, in The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law 491-508 (David Gray & Stephen E. Henderson eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Neel U. Sukhatme, "Loser Pays" in Patent Examination, 54 Hous. L. Rev. 165-208 (2016).    [W] [WWW]
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Faculty in the News

"Analysis: FCC's net neutrality plan may have even bigger ramifications in light of obscure court case," coverage in the Chicago Tribune, December 7, 2017, featuring Professor David Vladeck.

"Can a U.S. president face obstruction charges?," coverage in The Seattle Times, December 5, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

"Trump could be forced to testify on sexual-harassment allegations — and if he lies he could be impeached," coverage in Business Insider, December 5, 2017, featuring Professor Susan Low Bloch.

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