F. Scott Kieff


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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Analysis and Commentary

EU antitrust nonsense

by Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieffvia Washington Times
Friday, October 5, 2007

Last month, a European court upheld a decision against Microsoft for anticompetitive conduct...

Patent Power

by F. Scott Kieffvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Do strong patent protections hamper invention? Quite the opposite. By F. Scott Kieff.

Analysis and Commentary

Testing patent protections

by F. Scott Kieffvia Washington Times
Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Patent cases like eBay and Blackberry triggered an outcry over "patent trolls" -- who supposedly ambush business with junk patents…