R. Polk Wagner

  • Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at The University of Pennsylvania Law School

Professor of Law

School of Law

University of Pennsylvania

3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19072-6204

(215) 898-4356


Website: University of Pennsylvania faculty page

Issues: Copyright and Trademark, Patents and Intellectual Property

About R. Polk Wagner

Polk Wagner focuses his research and teaching in intellectual property law and policy, with a special interest in patent law. He has written over 20 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 the author, with C. Nard, of Patent Law (Concepts and Insights) (Foundation 2008). He is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property topics worldwide.

Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty in 2000, Wagner served as a clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He holds degrees from Stanford Law School, the University of Michigan (as an engineering major), and was the 1994-95 Roger M. Jones Fellow at the London School of Economics.

J.D., Stanford, 1998
B.S.E., University of Michigan, 1993
B.S., College of Charleston, 1993