Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law
Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law, joined the Illinois faculty in 2011 after 20 years at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the youngest faculty member in the law school's history to be named to a chaired position and later served as associate dean for faculty development. He also holds a visiting position at the Center for Intellectual Property Policy and Management at Bournemouth University in England, and recently concluded a stay as Herbert Smith Visitor at Cambridge University.
Heald lectures on patent, copyright and international intellectual property law around the world and has previously held visiting positions at universities in Buenos Aires, London, Lyon, Regensburg, and at the University of Chicago, University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University. He also ran the UGA/OSU program at St. Anne's College, Oxford University, during the spring of 2009.
Recent publications have focused on economic aspects of IP law, including theoretical papers on optimal patent remedies, the role transaction costs in patent law and the problem of patent pricing as well as empirical studies on best-selling fiction and musical compositions from 1913 to 1932 and the behavior of famous trademarks in product and service markets. He has also written two books on law and literature, and his first novel, No Regrets, was published by St. James Music Press in 2002.
Heald earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in comparative literature from the University of Illinois. As an undergraduate there, he fenced for two Big Ten championship teams and placed 18th in epee at the 1980 NCAA championships. He earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Chicago, where he served as associate editor and a staff member of the University of Chicago Law Review. Heald clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.