F. Scott Kieff

Biography: 

The Honorable F. Scott Kieff served as Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission from October 18, 2013 through June 30, 2017, after nomination by President Barack H. Obama on Sept. 11, 2012, a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on Jul. 18, 2013, unanimous favorable vote of the Committee on Jul. 25, 2013, and confirmation by unanimous consent of the Senate on Aug. 1, 2013.  On July 1, 2017, he returned to his academic posts as a professor at George Washington University Law School and was a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. 

He moved to George Washington University in 2009 from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery.  He first joined Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in 2003, where he has worked on the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity.  He previously served as a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford; and a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.

Since entering academia in 1999, he has maintained a private practice as a mediator, arbitrator, and consultant for resolving disputes involving intangible assets and for structuring competitive and cooperative commercial interactions.  He engages a mix of problem solving, from classic litigation and regulatory work to strategic advising and neutral work including mediation and arbitration, as well as compliance and monitoring, mostly involving the fields of intellectual property, antitrust, trade, finance, and national security.  He has also been called upon through the past three Presidential Administrations to provide extensive strategic and tactical consulting to several high-level government offices in formal and informal capacities.  He previously practiced law for over six years as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York and Jenner & Block in Chicago and as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich.

He was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March 2012. Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied molecular biology and microeconomics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted research in molecular genetics at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA.

Originally from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, he became a lawyer in New York City and now lives with his family in Washington, DC. 

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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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Welcome to Patent Purgatory

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 9, 2011

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

In the News

The Perils of Patent Reform

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Congress should vote down the America Invents Act...

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The Perils of Patent Reform

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Congress should vote down the America Invents Act.

Why Business Isn’t Getting ‘In the Game’

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, February 14, 2011

By Stephen Haber and Scott Kieff

President Obama stood in front of the Chamber of Commerce last week and told American businesses to "get in the game" by investing their massive cash reserves to stimulate jobs, demand and overall economic growth.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Business Isn't Getting 'In The Game'

by Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieffvia Investor's Business Daily
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Whether the president's call for the private sector to invest more aggressively is successful depends on the theory one has about why businesses have stayed on the sidelines to this point, not investing their mountains of cash...

In the News

The Patent Process Run Amok

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Microsoft v. i4i case will likely stifle innovation...

The Patent Process Run Amok

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For many years the Supreme Court has been intervening in patent cases, including three patent cases in the Court’s present term. That should trouble anyone interested in improving innovation, competition, jobs, and economic growth.

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The Patent Process Run Amok

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Microsoft v. i4i case will likely stifle innovation.

The importance of finality in patent litigation

by F. Scott Kieffvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Does "no" mean no when courts enforce patents? It should. But that's an open question today. It was debated last month before a full session of the court that hears most patent appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington.

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