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Thomas F. Cotter

Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law

Thomas F. Cotter

414 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-7527

cotte034@umn.edu

University of Wisconsin, B.S., M.S., J.D.

Professor Thomas F. Cotter joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 2006. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 1987 graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

From 1987-89, Professor Cotter clerked for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City from 1988-90, and at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1990-94. From 1994-2005, he taught at the University of Florida College of Law, where he held a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship and directed the school's Intellectual Property Law Program. From 2005-06, he was a Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Professor Cotter's principal research and teaching interests are in the fields of domestic and international intellectual property law, antitrust, and law and economics. He is the author of three books—Comparative Patent Remedies: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford University Press, forthcoming February 2013); Trademarks, Unfair Competition, and Business Torts (coauthored with Barton Beebe, Mark A. Lemley, Peter S. Menell, and Robert P. Merges) (Aspen Publishers 2011); and Intellectual Property: Economic and Legal Dimensions of Rights and Remedies (coauthored with Roger D. Blair) (Cambridge University Press 2005)—and has recently agreed to coauthor (with Jeffrey L. Harrison) a fourth, Law and Economics: Positive, Normative, and Behavioral Perspectives (3d ed., Thomson West, forthcoming 2013). Altogether he has authored or coauthored over 40 other scholarly works, including articles in the California Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the University of Illinois Law Review.

Read Prof. Cotter's CV here.


PUBLICATIONS

Books

Law and Economics: Positive, Normative and Behavioral Perspectives (West, 3d ed., 2014) (with Jeffrey L. Harrison)

Comparative Patent Remedies: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Trademarks, Unfair Competition, and Business Torts (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011) (and accompanying teacher's manual) (with Barton Beebe, Mark A. Lemley, Peter S. Menell & Robert P. Merges)

Intellectual Property: Economic and Legal Dimensions of Rights and Remedies (Cambridge University Press, 2005) (with Roger D. Blair)

Book Chapters

A Comparative Law and Economics Analysis of Damages for Patent Infringement, in Comparative Law and Economics (Theodore Eisenberg & Giovanni Battista Ramelo, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2014)

Innovation and Antitrust Policy, in Oxford Handbook on International Antitrust Economics (Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014)

A Research Agenda for the Comparative Law and Economics of Patent Remedies, in Patent Law in Global Perspective 637 (Ruth L. Okediji & Margo A. Bagley, eds., Oxford University Press, 2014)

Legal Pragmatism and Intellectual Property Law, in Intellectual Property and the Common Law 211 (Shyamkrishna Balganesh, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2013)

The Essential Facilities Doctrine, in Antitrust Law and Economics 157 (Keith N. Hylton, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010)

Journal Articles

Patents, Antitrust, and the High Cost of Health Care, 13-APR Antitrust Source 1 (Apr. 2014)

FTC v. Actavis, Inc.: When Is the Rule of Reason Not the Rule of Reason?, 15 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 41 (2014)

Comparative Law and Economics of Standard-Essential Patents and FRAND Royalties, 22 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 311 (2014)

Make No Little Plans: Response to Ted Sichelman, Purging Patent Law of Private Law Remedies, 92 Texas Law Review See Also 25 (2014)

The International Trade Commission: Reform or Abolition? A Comment on Colleen V. Chien & Mark A. Lemley, Patent Holdup, the ITC, and the Public Interest, 98 Cornell Law Review Online 43 (Apr. 2013)

Reform or Abolition? A Comment on Colleen V. Chien & Mark A. Lemley, Patent Holdup, the ITC, and the Public Interest, 1 Cornell Law Review Online 43 (2013)

Reining in Remedies in Patent Litigation: Three (Increasingly Immodest) Proposals, 30 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 1 (2013)

An Economic Analysis of Patent Law's Inequitable Conduct Doctrine, 53 Arizona Law Review 735 (2011)

Four Principles for Calculating Reasonable Royalties in Patent Infringement Litigation, 27 Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal 725 (2011)

Four Questionable Rationales for the Patent Misuse Doctrine, 12 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 457 (2011)

IP Misuse and Innovation Harm, 96 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 52 (2011)

A Burkean Perspective on Patent Eligibility, Part II: Reflections on the (Counter)Revolution in Patent Law, 11 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 365 (2010)

Integrating the Right of Publicity with First Amendment and Copyright Preemption Analysis, 33 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 165 (2010) (with Irina Dmitrieva)

Optimal Fines for False Patent Marking, 17 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 181 (2010)

Patent Remedies and Practical Reason, 88 Texas Law Review See Also 125 (2010)

Transformative Use and Cognizable Harm, 12 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 701 (2010)

Patent Holdup, Patent Remedies, and Antitrust Responses, 34 Journal of Corporation Law 1151 (2009)

Fair Use and Copyright Overenforcement, 93 Iowa Law Review 1271 (2008)

Reflections on the Antitrust Modernization Commission's Report and Recommendations Relating to the Antitrust/IP Interface, 53 Antitrust Bulletin 745 (2008)

Toward a Functional Definition of Publication in Copyright Law, 92 Minnesota Law Review 1724 (2008)

A Burkean Perspective on Patent Eligibility, 22 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 855 (2007)

Authorship, Audiences, and Anonymous Speech, 82 Notre Dame Law Review 1537 (2007) (with Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky)

Misuse, 44 Houston Law Review 901 (2007)

Some Observations on the Law and Economics of Intermediaries, 2006 Michigan State Law Review 67 (2006)

The Procompetitive Interest in Intellectual Property Law, 48 William & Mary Law Review 483 (2006)

Memes and Copyright, 80 Tulane Law Review 331 (2005)

Accommodating the Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Works for Religious Purposes Under the Fair Use Doctrine and Copyright Act § 110 (3), 22 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 43 (2004)

An Economic Analysis of Enhanced Damages and Attorney's Fees for Willful Patent Infringement, 14 Federal Circuit Bar Journal 291 (2004)

Antitrust Implications of Patent Settlements Involving Reverse Payments: Defending a Rebuttable Presumption of Illegality in Light of Some Recent Scholarship, 71 Antitrust Law Journal 1069 (2004)

Market Fundamentalism and the TRIPs Agreement, 22 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 307 (2004)

Gutenberg's Legacy: Copyright, Censorship, and Religious Pluralism, 91 California Law Review 323 (2003)

Prolegomenon to a Memetic Theory of Copyright: Comments on Lawrence Lessig's The Creative Commons, 55 Florida Law Review 779 (2003)

Refining the "Presumptive Illegality" Approach to Settlements of Patent Disputes Involving Reverse Payments: A Commentary on Hovenkamp, Janis & Lemley, 87 Minnesota Law Review 1789 (2003)

Written on the Body: Intellectual Property Rights in Tattoos, Makeup, and Other Body Art, 10 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 97 (2003) (with Angela M. Mirabole)

Are Settlements of Patent Disputes Illegal Per Se?, 47 Antitrust Bulletin 491 (2002) (with Roger D. Blair)

Strict Liability and Its Alternatives in Patent Law, 17 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 799 (2002) (with Roger D. Blair)

Rethinking Patent Damages, 10 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 1 (2001) (with Roger D. Blair)

The Elusive Logic of Standing Doctrine in Intellectual Property Law, 74 Tulane Law Review 1323 (2000) (with Roger D. Blair)

An Economic Analysis of Seller and User Liability in Intellectual Property Law, 68 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1 (1999) (with Roger D. Blair)

Intellectual Property and the Essential Facilities Doctrine, 44 Antitrust Bulletin 211 (1999), reprinted in The Economics of Intellectual Property 177-216 (Ruth Towse & Rudi W. Holzhauer, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2002))

Is This Conflict Really Necessary?: Resolving an Ostensible Conflict between Patent Law and Federal Trademark Law, 3 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review 25 (1999)

When the State Steals Ideas: Is the Abrogation of State Sovereign Immunity from Infringement Claims Constitutional in Light of Seminole Tribe?, 67 Fordham Law Review 1435 (1999) (with Christina Bohannan)

An Economic Analysis of Damages Rules in Intellectual Property Law, 39 William & Mary Law Review 1585 (1998) (with Roger D. Blair)

Do Federal Uses of Intellectual Property Implicate the Fifth Amendment?, 50 Florida Law Review 529 (1998)

Pragmatism, Economics, and the Droit Moral, 76 North Carolina Law Review 1 (1997)

Conflicting Interests in Trade Secrets, 48 Florida Law Review 591 (1996)

Legal Pragmatism and the Law and Economics Movement, 84 Georgetown Law Journal 2071 (1996)

Owning What Doesn't Exist, Where It Doesn't Exist: Rethinking Two Doctrines from the Common Law of Trademarks, 1995 University of Illinois Law Review 487 (1995)

Cargill, Inc. v. Monfort of Colorado, Inc.: The Supreme Court Restricts Private Antitrust Challenges of Horizontal Mergers, 1987 Wisconsin Law Review 503 (1987) (note)

Book Reviews

Evaluating the Pro- and Anticompetitive Effects of Intellectual Property Protection, 5 The Antitrust Source (Mar. 2006) (reviewing Antitrust, Patents and Copyright: EU and US Perspectives (Francois Leveque & Howard Shelanski, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005))

Law, Economics, and Intellectual Property, 3 The Antitrust Source (Mar. 2004) (reviewing William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner, The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law (Harvard University Press, 2003))

Edited Symposia & Journals

Guest Editor, Perspectives on United States v. Microsoft Corp., 44 Antitrust Bulletin 553-738 (1999)

Entries in Reference Works

Pragmatism (Update), in 4 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Supplement) 1983-84 (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth J. Karst, eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed., 2000)

CLE Materials

Basic Copyright: Law of the Arts 101, in 2011 Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2011)

Introduction to the Antitrust Laws and the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property, in Antitrust Law Issues in Intellectual Property Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2011)

False Patent Marking Claims after Bon Tool: Patent Marking "Trolls" or Guardians of the Patent System?, in The 2010 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2010)

Hot Topics in Patent Remedies, in The 2009 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2009) (with Devan V. Padmanabhan)

Civil Procedure and Jurisdiction, in 1997 Business Litigation Conference Certification Review Course (Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and Business Law Section, Apr. 17-18, 1997)

Civil Procedure and Jurisdiction, in 1996 Business Litigation Certification Review Course (Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and Business Law Section, Apr. 26-27, 1996)

Other Publications

Not Fare Well, But Fare Forward, Voyagers, 10 Journal of Technology Law & Policy ix-xii (2005)

Introduction to Symposium on Intellectual Property, Development, and Human Rights, 14 Florida Journal of International Law 147 (2002)

Foreword, 3 Journal of Technology Law & Policy 1-3 (1998)

COURSES

Advanced Patents
Antitrust
Antitrust & Intellectual Property
Copyright
Intellectual Property
International Intellectual Property
Patents
Unfair Competition