University of Houston Law Center
Sapna  Kumar

Sapna  Kumar

Associate Professor of Law


(713) 743-4148

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

Professor Kumar is the 2012-2013 recipient of the University of Houston
Teaching Excellence award and the Student Bar Association's Faculty of
the Year award.

Professor Kumar's scholarship looks at patent law from an institutional
design and public policy perspective. In Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of
Genetic Information
(65 Ala. L. Rev. 625 (2014), Professor Kumar argues
that the PTO's issuance of gene patents violates the substantive liberty
right of patients to make informed health care decisions. In The
Accidental Agency?
(65 Fla. L. Rev. 229 (2013)), she discusses how the
Federal Circuit serves as the de facto administrator of the Patent Act.
Professor Kumar has also written two articles discussing the role of the
International Trade Commission, and is currently working on a new article
regarding the agency's regulation of digital trade.

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.

Patent Law
Administrative Law