Expertise: Technology law and business; intellectual property; antitrust; entrepreneurship; innovation; technology development; technology transfer; and commercial transactions, litigation, and appeals
F. Scott Kieff is the Ray and Louis Knowles Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior fellow, research fellow, W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow, and the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellow, all at Hoover; he also served as professor at the Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery.
Kieff directs Hoover’s Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studies the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy. He also serves on Hoover’s Property Rights Task Force.
Kieff is a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute and has been a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, as well as a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard. Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied biology and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted genetics research at the Whitehead Institute.
Having practiced law for more than six years as a trial and patent lawyer for firms in New York and Chicago and as law clerk to US circuit judge Giles S. Rich, Kieff regularly serves as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator, and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts. He served for the first two years of the Federal Circuit’s Appellate Mediation Panel, through 2007, and from 2008 to 2011 on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the Patent and Trademark Office. In May 2008, he was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business. In December 2011, Kieff was elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts.