Douglas Melamed

Doug Melamed is Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School.  He joined the Stanford faculty in 2014.  In the Fall of 2017, he was the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor in the Practice of Law at Yale Law School.

From 2009 until 2014, Doug was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation and was responsible for overseeing Intel’s legal, government affairs, and corporate affairs departments. Prior to joining Intel in 2009, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale, a global law firm in which he served as a chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.  From 1996 to 2001, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division and, before that, as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Doug has authored numerous articles on antitrust, patent law, and law and economics. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a Contributing Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a former member of the boards of directors of the Nasdaq exchanges.  Doug received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from Harvard, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Assessing the Patent and Trademark Office’s Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions

By Alexander Kersten As new applications of artificial intelligence (AI) become more sophisticated, AI tools are increasingly used to assist in the process of invention. However, given that inventorship is limited to natural persons under U.S. law, AI’s growing utilization has raised questions around whether AI-assisted inventions should receive patents,
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Securing IP and the Future of Pandemic Preparedness

By Jeffrey Depp In December 2021, member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a Special Session of the World Health Assembly created an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (“Pandemic Agreement”). The
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The Use of March-In Rights Could Undermine Innovation and National Security

By Hideki Tomoshige and Sujai Shivakumar By accelerating new products to market, the nation’s innovation system—a network of interconnected activities across university researchers, small and large businesses, and venture capital and other financial organizations, among other actors—enhances economic growth, competitiveness, and national security. Securing the future of this innovation system
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