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Sapna  Kumar




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Sapna Kumar

Associate Professor
George Butler Research Professor of Law
Co-Director for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law

(713) 743-4148

B.S., B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kumar is an expert in the international implications of U.S. patent law, as well as administrative law issues in intellectual property. In her most recent article, Patent Damages Without Borders (forthcoming, Texas Intellectual Property Journal, she argues that the Federal Circuit’s current practice of prohibiting extraterritorial patent damages is at odds with Supreme Court precedent. She has also written extensively about the International Trade Commission’s treatment of patents under the Tariff Act, and about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Professor Kumar received her J.D. at the University of Chicago, where she served as a staff member of the University of Chicago Law Review. From 2003 to 2006, she practiced intellectual property litigation in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Pattishall McAuliffe. She then spent two years at Duke University Law School, where she was a Faculty Fellow and part of the Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. After completing her fellowship, Professor Kumar clerked for the Honorable Judge Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2016, she became Co-Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Professor Kumar is also passionate about teaching. She has received both the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award and the Student Bar Association's Faculty of the Year award.

Patent Law
Federal Courts
Administrative Law