R. Polk Wagner. Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Wagner focuses his research and teaching in intellectual property law and policy, with a special interest in patent law. He is the author of over fifteen articles on topics ranging from an empirical analysis of judicial decision-making in the patent law to the First Amendment status of software programs. His work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among several others. He is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics, presenting his research at both academic institutions (such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of California at Berkeley) and prominent industry groups (such as the Intellectual Property Owner's Organization, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel).
In 2002, Wagner founded the FedCir Project (www.fedcir.org), a major ongoing effort to study the performance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. One of the project's first areas of research, the Claim Construction Project (www.claimconstruction.com) has emerged as an important and influential resource for patent lawyers and judges alike.
Prior to joining the Penn faculty in 2000, Wagner served as a clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He holds a law degree from Stanford, an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and was the 1994-95 Roger M. Jones Fellow at the London School of Economics.
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Understanding Patent Quality Mechanisms, talk given at the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Foundations of Intellectual Property Reform Symposium, January 16, 2009. R. Polk Wagner.