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Greg Vetter

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
HIPLA College Professor of Law

713.743.3596 (office)
713.213.0360 (mobile)

J.D., Northwestern Univ. Sch. of Law (1999)
M.B.A., Rockhurst Univ. (1994) (evenings)
M.S. Computer Sci., Univ. of Missouri (1991) (evenings)
B.S. Elec. Eng'r, Univ. of Missouri (1987)

Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property as applied to software, with particular emphasis on free and open source software (FOSS) licensing. His scholarship is at the intersection of software and the business of software with patent law, copyright law, and licensing law. After receiving his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, he worked full time for nine years as a manager in the software field, gaining expertise in enterprise software design, management, and marketing. During these years he obtained a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA, both through evening programs in Kansas City. He then obtained his JD from Northwestern University School of Law, attending from 1996 to 1999. After law school, he worked for two years at the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton before clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa. Since his clerkship completed in 2002, he has served as a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center and served as a Co-Director of the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL).

He has taught as an invited visiting professor at three other law schools: the University of Texas at Austin School of Law; the University of Washington School of Law; and the Texas A&M University School of Law.

Professor Vetter has authored over two dozen articles and other significant publications, including invitations to join two casebooks. He has made nearly ninety presentations. His service includes: significant service at the Law Center, including chairing several committees; service beyond the Law Center with several national organizations, including AALS as a section chair; service with the central campus of the University of Houston; service for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL) as Co-Director, holding that responsibility during the entire pre-tenure period; including supervisory and budgetary responsibility for IPIL and academically arranging nearly three dozen IPIL regular or special conferences or events.

Additional details for Professor Vetter's background are available at:, or at the link to his CV above.

Digital Transactions
Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar
Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
Intellectual Property Survey
International Intellectual Property
Internet Law
Trademark Law