- Matthew Barblan, Executive Director
- Adam Mossoff, Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar
- Mark Schultz, Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar
- Sandra Aistars, Director of Copyright Research & Policy and Senior Scholar
- Devlin Hartline, Assistant Director
- Chris Holman, Senior Scholar
- Sean O’Connor, Senior Scholar
- Kristen Osenga, Senior Scholar
- Eric Priest, Senior Scholar
- Kevin Madigan, Legal Fellow
- Bhamati Viswanathan, Legal Fellow
- David Lund, Legal Fellow
- Kristina Pietro, Events Manager
Matthew Barblan, Executive Director
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8937
Matthew Barblan is a founding member of CPIP’s leadership team, joining CPIP in early 2013. As Executive Director, Matthew is responsible for the executive-level management of the Center. He oversees the development and operations of the Center’s research and policy programs, including fellowship programs in patent and copyright law, a substantial research grant program in intellectual property law and policy, and ongoing publications, events, and academic and policy engagement. Matthew is also responsible for CPIP’s development and fundraising efforts. He teaches copyright at Mason Law and conducts research in patent and copyright law and policy. He also manages CPIP’s staff and oversees the Center’s communications and strategic growth.
Matthew began his career as a Litigation Associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, and he joined CPIP from Columbia University. Matthew holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Rutgers University, where he graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa.
Adam Mossoff, Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-9577
Adam Mossoff is Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholar at CPIP. He is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, trade secrets, property law, and internet law. He has published extensively on the theory and history of how patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights are fundamental property rights, with his articles appearing in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and other journals. His article on the very first patent war, the Sewing Machine War of the 1850s, has become an important part of the public policy debates concerning today’s “smart phone war.” He has presented his research on patent litigation, patent licensing, patent pools, and on other issues in the policy debates, at academic conferences, at law firms and at commercial firms, as well as spoken at conferences or colloquia held by the PTO, the FTC, the DOJ, and the Smithsonian Institution. Professor Mossoff’s scholarly articles can be downloaded here.
In addition to his academic and CPIP work, Professor Mossoff has worked with numerous think tanks and policy organizations, such as the Innovation Alliance and the Progress & Freedom Foundation (a pro-intellectual property rights think tank that shut down in 2010). Currently, he is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Licensing Executives Society, the Academic Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance, and is Vice Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the IEEE-USA. On behalf of these and other organizations, he has spoken at numerous congressional briefings on topics relating to patent and copyright law.
Mark Schultz, Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (618) 713-7056
Mark Schultz is a Senior Scholar and Director of Academic Programs at CPIP. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Development at Southern Illinois University. Professor Schultz writes and speaks frequently around the world about the importance of legal institutions that support the creative and innovative industries. He was honored by the SIU School of Law as its Outstanding Scholar in 2008, and has been a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Botswana, where he gave public lectures on property rights in traditional and indigenous knowledge. He has served as Chair of the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Chair of the AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law, and as an NGO delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization. He currently serves as a consultant on trade secrecy to the OECD and is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance. Professor Schultz’s scholarly articles can be downloaded here.
Sandra Aistars, Director of Copyright Research & Policy and Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8158
Sandra Aistars is Director of Copyright Research & Policy and a Senior Scholar at CPIP. She also leads the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. Professor Aistars has nearly twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators.
Immediately prior to joining Mason Law, Aistars was the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance – a nonprofit, public interest organization that represents the interests of artists and creators across the creative spectrum. While at Mason, she continues to collaborate with the Copyright Alliance as a member of its Academic Advisory Board. Aistars has also previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. She began her legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Devlin Hartline, Assistant Director
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8086
Devlin Hartline joined CPIP’s leadership team in May of 2015. As Assistant Director, Devlin leads CPIP’s communications and academic advocacy efforts, working closely with CPIP scholars to publicize and promote rigorous research on the law, economics, and history of intellectual property. Prior to joining the CPIP team, Devlin participated as a Fellow in CPIP’s Mark Twain Copyright Fellowship program. Devlin’s research agenda at CPIP spans a broad spectrum of doctrinal and political issues in patent and copyright law, and he teaches patent law at Mason Law.
Devlin holds a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and an LL.M. with concentrations in intellectual property and constitutional law from Tulane University Law School. Devlin also holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied mathematics. He maintains a personal intellectual property law blog at lawtheories.com.
Chris Holman, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (816) 235-2384
Chris Holman joined CPIP as a Senior Scholar in 2014. He is a Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where his primary research focus lies at the intersection of intellectual property and biotechnology. He has published numerous articles in law reviews and scientific publications such as Science, Cell, and Nature Biotechnology, and has authored amicus briefs in a number of important biotechnology patent cases at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit. In 2008 he was awarded the Daniel L Brenner Faculty Publishing Award for an influential law review article on human gene patent litigation. Prior to becoming a law professor, Holman served as vice-president of intellectual property and patent counsel at several Silicon Valley biotechnology companies and worked as an associate at a major intellectual property law firm. He was also a tenure-track chemistry professor in the California State University system.
Sean O’Connor, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (206) 543-7491
Sean O’Connor joined CPIP as a Senior Scholar in 2014. He is Assistant Dean for Law, Business & Technology and Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. His research focuses on intellectual property and business law with regard to start-ups and commercializing technology and arts innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the strategic role of the general counsel. Professor O’Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Massachusetts. He is currently working on Method+ology and the Means of Innovation to be published by Oxford University Press.
Kristen Osenga, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (804) 289-8112
Kristen Osenga joined CPIP as a Senior Scholar in 2014. She is a Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation. Her scholarship has focused on patent eligible subject matter, commercialization of patented innovation, and the intersection of law and linguistics in patent claim construction, among other aspects of patent law. Her scholarly articles can be downloaded here. Professor Osenga is a frequent speaker at symposia on patent law and intellectual property and has made numerous presentations to academic, bar, and industry audiences. Prior to joining academia, she practice patent law and clerked for Judge Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Eric Priest, Senior Scholar
Direct Dial: (541) 346-0414
Eric Priest joined CPIP as a Senior Scholar in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he teaches and researches in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on copyright law in the information age and creative industry ecosystems in the U.S. and China. Before joining the Oregon Law faculty in 2009, he was a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society working on the NOANK Digital Media Exchange project in China, a collective licensing project for the monetized, legal distribution of digital works over peer-to-peer networks. At the Berkman Center, he also researched and analyzed Internet censorship and surveillance practices in several Asian countries for the center’s OpenNet Initiative. Previously, Eric was an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His scholarly publications can be downloaded here.
Eric currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue expert panel, which involves a multi-round dialog in Washington D.C. and China between U.S. and Chinese experts on the most challenging IP issues facing China. The National Committee on U.S.–China Relations recently named him a 2014–2016 Public Intellectuals Program Fellow. Eric holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.
Kevin Madigan, Legal Fellow
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8241
Kevin Madigan joined CPIP in January of 2016. As Legal Fellow, Kevin works closely with CPIP scholars in their research and promotion of comprehensive intellectual property law and policy. Before joining CPIP, Kevin worked as an intellectual property Research Associate at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner and also interned at the Recording Industry Association of America.
Kevin earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an LL.M. with concentrations in trademark and copyright law from George Washington University Law School. Kevin holds a B.A. in history from Boston College and writes about current IP issues in his blog mistercopyright.org.
Bhamati Viswanathan, Legal Fellow
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8232
Bhamati Viswanathan is a Legal Fellow who joined CPIP in July of 2016. Her academic work has primarily focused on the centrality of copyright and trademark to creative industries. At CPIP her research and scholarship extends to consider the full array of intellectual property rights and protection, including patents and trade secrets, and emphasizes the vital importance of intellectual property to both creative and innovative ecosystems.
Prior to joining CPIP, Bhamati practiced corporate and commercial law in New York and Massachusetts. Her interest in intellectual property law was sparked by her involvement in an Internet start-up portal, first as a director of business development and eventually as the legal officer charged with managing the firm’s intellectual property. That real-world experience led Bhamati to pursue a deeper understanding of IP via a masters and doctorate in intellectual property law, and secured her abiding commitment to promoting the rights of creators and innovators both domestically and abroad.
Bhamati earned her S.J.D. and LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. She holds a B.A. in English and French literature, cum laude, from Williams College.
David Lund, Legal Fellow
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8743
Dr. David Lund joined CPIP in October 2016 as a John Witherspoon Legal Fellow. His research focuses on the global impact of patent law on the innovation industries. He is also interested in the broader workings of the patent system and writes about these issues regularly for the CPIP blog and elsewhere.
Prior to joining CPIP, David was an associate in the Silicon Valley office of Dechert LLP. There, he counseled clients throughout the biotech product life cycle on patent and related forms of protection. David was also a frequent adviser to tenants facing the prospect of eviction through his pro bono work with the San Mateo Legal Aid Housing Clinic.
David earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He also attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies where he obtained a B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Philosophy. Between undergrad and law school he obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University.
Kristina Pietro, Events Manager
Direct Dial: (703) 993-8177
Kristina Pietro joined CPIP in November of 2013. Prior to joining CPIP, Kristina was a Meetings Coordinator for Association Innovation Management, a scientific association management company. Kristina is a 2012 graduate of George Mason University, earning a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations.