Intellectual Property and Technology Law

When it comes to top environments in which to explore intellectual property law, few compare to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholars who invented sound-on-film movies, the transistor, the light-emitting diode, and the theory of superconductivity have taught here. The photoelectric cell, the quantum well laser, and the first graphical Web browser were invented here.

The campus continues as a center of innovation and discovery today. Faculty members have been recognized for their exceptional research, with memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. They are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, National Medal of Science, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, and MacArthur Fellowships. The University is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, several national centers for research, and a Research Park featuring EnterpriseWorks, a high-tech business incubator to 20 start-up companies.

In this fertile environment, the intellectual property curriculum and faculty at the College of Law are intimately involved in facilitating transfer of the University's newest technological discoveries to the marketplace. This includes innovative achievements in supercomputing, agricultural biotechnology, information science, engineering, and numerous other areas. Campus, state, and national leaders solicit our legal expertise on the IP issues arising from a host of new technologies.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Paul Heald – B.A., M.A. University of Illinois; J.D. University of Chicago
  • Jay Kesan – J.D. Georgetown University; Ph.D. University of Texas
  • Bruce Smith – J.D., Ph.D. Yale University; M.A. University of Cambridge;
    B.A. Williams College
  • Melissa Wasserman – B.S. Pennsylvania State University; J.D. New York University; Ph.D. Princeton University


Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy

Student Organizations

  • Intellectual Property Legal Society
  • Internet and Technology Law Association
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society


  • Patent Clinic