Robert Merges

  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Technology
Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

School of Law

University of California, Berkeley

438 Boalt Hall (North Addition)
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

(510) 643-6199

Website: UC Berkeley faculty profile

Issues: Open Source, Patents and Intellectual Property

About Robert Merges

Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1995, Robert Merges was a faculty member at Boston University School of Law and served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Merges has authored or coauthored three books, Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age, and Legal Protection for Computer Technology. Recent articles include "As Many as Six Impossible Patents before Breakfast: Property Rights for Business Concepts and Patent System Reform," in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (1999); "The Control of Strategic Alliances: An Empirical Analysis of Biotechnology Collaborations," in the Journal of Industrial Economics (1998); and "Intellectual Property and Digital Content: Notes on a Scorecard," in Rivista di Diritto Industriale (1998).

In addition to teaching and research projects, Merges also serves as a special consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and is a member of the Department's Task Force on Intellectual Property.

B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University (1981)
J.D., Yale University (1985)
LL.M., Columbia University (1988)
J.S.D., Columbia University (1988)