F. Scott Kieff

Biography: 

Having been nominated by President Barack H. Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve as a Commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission, F. Scott Kieff swore into and took up his government post on October 18, 2013.

F. Scott Kieff was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution through October 18, 2013, and is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor (on leave) at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He previously served as a research 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 directed Hoover’s Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studied the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy. He also served 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.

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Patently Bad Policy

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will crony capitalism triumph over entrepreneurialism? The Supreme Court will soon decide...

Patently Bad Policy

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fortunately, it is the rare occasion when we have, on the one hand, many good reasons to expect a bad outcome from our taking a particular set of next steps but, on the other, a great demonstrated resolve to take those steps anyway.  Unfortunately, today’s patent system r

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Patently Bad Policy

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will crony capitalism triumph over entrepreneurialism? The Supreme Court will soon decide.

Why Business Isn't Getting 'In the Game'

by Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieffvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Why businesspeople aren’t banking on Washington’s supposedly pro-business overtures. By Stephen H. Haber and F. Scott Kieff.

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File First, Invent Later?

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, June 13, 2011

The America Invents Act turns the patent system into a lottery...

File First, Invent Later?

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 13, 2011

Our final installment explores how the America Invents Act would inject massive uncertainty into the patent system in the name of trivial predictability.

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File First, Invent Later?

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 13, 2011

The America Invents Act turns the patent system into a lottery.

Welcome to Patent Purgatory

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, June 11, 2011

The first installment of this series explored the basic analytical framework behind debates about patent reform. The details of the patent system that are being discussed in Congress are not likely to lead to important large shifts in overall rates of invention and patenting.

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Patent Reform Goes Haywire

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 10, 2011

Pending legislation undermines property rights and international trade.

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Welcome to Patent Purgatory

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, June 9, 2011

The America Invents Act beleaguers inventors with endless process and politics...

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