Sonia Katyal

  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Distinguished Haas Chair
Chancellor's Professor of Law

School of Law

University of California, Berkeley

586 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720


Website: Berkeley Law faculty profile

Twitter: @sonia__katyal

Issues: Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property and Privacy and Security

About Sonia Katyal

Sonia Katyal is the Distinguished Haas Chair, Chancellor's Professor of Law, and a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Katyal’s work focuses on the intersection of technology, intellectual property, and civil rights (including antidiscrimination, privacy, and freedom of speech).


Professor Katyal’s current projects focus on artificial intelligence and intellectual property; the intersection between the right to information and human rights; trademark law and branding; and a variety of projects on the intersection between museums, cultural property and new media. As a member and chair of the university-wide Haas LGBT Cluster, Professor Katyal also works on matters regarding law, gender and sexuality.


Professor Katyal has won several awards for her work, including an honorable mention in the American Association of Law Schools Scholarly Papers Competition, a Yale Cybercrime Award, and twice received a Dukeminier Award from the Williams Project at UCLA for her writing on gender and sexuality. Most recently, her article, The Paradox of Source Code Secrecy, was selected for inclusion in the Best Intellectual Property articles of 2019. She has also previously published shorter pieces with The New York Times, the Brooklyn Rail, The Washington Post, CNN, Boston Globe’s Ideas section, Hyperallergic, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The National Law Journal, and has also been cited by the Supreme Court.


During the Obama administration, Professor Katyal was selected by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to be part of the inaugural U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Before entering academia, Professor Katyal was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling. Professor Katyal also clerked for the Honorable Carlos Moreno (later a California Supreme Court Justice) in the Central District of California and the Honorable Dorothy Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1998
A.B., Brown University, 1993