Jorge Contreras

Associate Professor of Law

Office: Room 342
Phone: 202-274-4424
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Jorge Contreras currently teaches in the areas of intellectual property transactions, law and science, and property law. His research focuses primarily on the effects of intellectual property structures on the dissemination and production of technological innovation, with a focus on basic scientific research and technical standards development. He has studied these effects in industries ranging from genomics and bioinformatics to sustainable building materials, telecommunications and computer networking. Professor Contreras is Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law’s Committee on Technical Standardization. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes. He previously served as a member of the Council of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH (NHGRI). Professor Contreras is the editor of the Technical Standards Patent Policy Manual (ABA Publishing: Chicago, 2007) and has written numerous articles, book chapters and blog postings relating to intellectual property and standards development. Prior to joining the faculty of American University, Professor Contreras was a Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Intellectual Property Program at Washington University in St. Louis and a partner at the international law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BA, BSEE).

Areas of Specialization

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet and Computer Law
  • Law and Science
  • Patent Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Contracts
  • Property Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Rice University
  • B.S.E.E., Rice University