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Stuart Benjamin

Stuart M. Benjamin
Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law

Professor Benjamin specializes in telecommunications law, the First Amendment, and administrative law. He has been the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law since 2009, and the Associate Dean for Research since 2005. From 2009 to 2011, he was the first Distinguished Scholar at the Federal Communications Commission.  He is a coauthor of Telecommunications Law and Policy (1st ed. 2001, 2nd ed. 2006, 3rd ed. 2012, 4th ed. 2015, 5th ed. forthcoming), has written numerous law review articles, and has testified before House and Senate committees as a legal expert on a range of topics.

 

Arti Rai

Arti K. Rai
Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law

Professor Rai is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (IP) law, administrative law, and health policy. Rai has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.  Rai's research on IP law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has published over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on IP law, administrative law, and health policy.  Her publications have appeared in both peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, including Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Legal Studies, Nature Biotechnology, and the Columbia, Georgetown, and Northwestern law reviews. She is the editor of Intellectual Property Law and Biotechnology: Critical Concepts (Edward Elgar, 2011) and the co-author of a 2012 Kauffman Foundation monograph on cost-effective health care innovation.  From 2009-2010, Rai served as the Administrator of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As External Affairs Administrator, Rai led policy analysis of the patent reform legislation that ultimately became the America Invents Act and worked to establish the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist.

 

Denis Simon
Senior Adviser to the President for China Affairs and Professor of the Practice
Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Policy

Denis SimonDenis Simon serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke’s Law School.  He also is Senior Adviser to the President for China Affairs at Duke University.  And, he also holds a faculty appointment in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke.  Formerly, from 2015-2020, he served as the Executive Vice Chancellor at Duke Kunshan University—a Sino-US joint venture involving Duke, Wuhan University and the city of Kunshan.  He is the 2020 recipient of the Charles Klasek Award, issued the AIEA—the Assoc of Inter Education Administrators—given for his substantial achievements in the field of international education. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he held senior administrative appointments at Arizona State University, University of Oregon, State Univ of New York, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Outside of academia, he spent 7.5 years in management consulting, serving as General Manager of Andersen Consulting China (now Accenture) in Beijing from 1998-2000 and Director of the China Strategy Group from 1995-2000.  He also was the Founding President of Monitor Group China from 2001-2002.  Dr. Simon is holder of the Prestigious “China National Friendship Award”, presented by former Premier Wen Jiabao in 2006 in Beijing.  He received his PhD in Political Science (1980) and an MA in Asian Studies (1975) from UC Berkeley.  He also holds a BA degree (1974) from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.  His research is focused on the development of innovation policy and high-end talent in China and East Asia.

Lidiya Mishchenko

Lidiya Mishchenko
Research Fellow

Lidiya Mishchenko is a Research Fellow for the Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Law School. Her primary academic interests are in the intersection of patent law, administrative law, and competition policy. She has published in The George Washington Law Review, the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, and the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty, Mishchenko served as a law clerk to The Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before clerking, she was a patent litigation associate at Jones Day in San Francisco, a patent prosecution associate at Fish & Richardson in Silicon Valley, and a technology specialist at WilmerHale in Boston. Mishchenko graduated in the top 1% of her class from The George Washington University Law School in 2016. She received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2012 and her B.S., summa cum laude, in Physics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2007.

 

Saraubh Vishnubhakat

Saurabh Vishnubhakat
Research Fellow

Saurabh Vishnubhakat is a Research Fellow of the Center, serving since 2014. Prof. Vishnubhakat holds a joint appointment as Professor at Texas A&M University in the School of Law and the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He writes and teaches on intellectual property law, civil procedure, and administrative law, particularly from an empirical perspective. Prof. Vishnubhakat has published in a variety of journals, including the Berkeley Technology Law JournalDuke Law & Technology ReviewHarvard Journal of Law and TechnologyDuke Law Journal, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. His first book, A Tort Theory of Patent Litigation: History and Reform is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Prior to entering academia, he was principal legal advisor to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's chief economist. Prof. Vishnubhakat holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is admitted to the state bars of Texas and Illinois.

Ashish Arora
Senior Associate Dean for Strategy; Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration, The Fuqua School of Business

Edward J. Balleisen
Vice Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor, The Sanford School of Public Policy; Professor, History, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Sharon Belenzon
Professor, The Fuqua School of Business

Aaron (Ronnie) Chatterji
Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor, The Fuqua School of Business; Professor, The Sanford School of Public Policy

Wesley M. Cohen
Snow Family Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Economics and Management, and Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Fuqua School of Business; Professor, Department of Economics; Professor, Duke Law

John M. de Figueiredo
Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Strategy, and Economics, Duke Law and The Fuqua School of Business

Nita A. Farahany
Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law, Duke Law; Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Chair, Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy; Founding Director, Duke Initiative for Science and Society; Principal Investigator of SLAP Lab

Jon Fjeld
Director, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative; Professor of the Practice, The Fuqua School of Business; Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Fuqua)

Michael D. Frakes
A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, Duke Law; Professor, Department of Economics, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Geoffrey Steven Ginsburg
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pathology, Duke School of Medicine; Professor, Duke School of Nursing; Member, Duke Cancer Institute; Director of Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine

Jerome H. Reichman
Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law, Duke Law

David B. Ridley
Dr. and Mrs. Frank A. Riddick Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director of the Health Sector Management program, The Fuqua School of Business

David T. Robinson
James and Gail Vander Weide Distinguished Professor and Professor of Business Administration, The Fuqua School of Business; Director of Research, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Jonathan B. Wiener
William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Duke Law; Professor of Environmental Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment; Professor of Public Policy, The Sanford School of Public Policy; Co-Director, Rethinking Regulation program; University Fellow, Resources for the Future, Duke University

Advisory Board members assist the Center’s leadership by proposing innovation policy topics for investigation and discussion, identifying participants, and participating in Center events as speakers and moderators.
 

Rebecca Arbogast

Rebecca Arbogast

Rebecca Arbogast serves as senior vice president for global public policy for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for the development and coordination of the company's public policy efforts across the corporation. Prior to joining Comcast in 2011, Rebecca served as managing director at Stifel Financial, where she provided advice to institutional investors on legal issues affecting communications, media, and technology industries. She joined Stifel from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was chief of the International Bureau Telecommunications Division and led an office of attorneys, economists, and engineers shaping the agency's policies for international communications services. Prior to joining the FCC, Rebecca served in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and she began her legal career as a corporate attorney with Wilmer Cutler practicing international and communications law.

 

Robert A. Armitage

Robert Armitage

Robert A. Armitage is a consultant on IP strategy and policy. He served for a decade as senior vice president and general counsel for Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to assuming his general counsel role at Lilly, he had been Lilly's vice president and general patent counsel and a partner with Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He has served as president of both the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, as well as chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association.

 

Dean Brenner

Dean Brenner

Dean Brenner is senior vice president, government affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He directs Qualcomm's initiatives relating to spectrum and telecommunications policy in North America. He represents Qualcomm before the FCC and other agencies of the U.S. and Canadian governments responsible for spectrum and telecommunications policy. In addition, he is responsible for global spectrum acquisitions and strategy for Qualcomm. Before joining Qualcomm, Brenner was a partner in the Washington -based law firm he co-founded, Crispin & Brenner, P.L.L.C., where he specialized in telecommunications law and litigation. He handled a number of major FCC-related cases in the wireless, mass media, and wireline businesses, both before the FCC and in federal and state courts around the country. He began his career at the Washington law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in August 1985 as an associate. He became a partner at that firm, where he practiced telecommunications law and litigation.

 

Bill Brown

Bill BrownBill Brown is the cofounder of 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, a company focused on financing and commercializing technologies related to energy, water, telecom, and space launch. At 8 Rivers, Brown is actively engaged in managing an extensive global IP portfolio and in providing expert witness and analytical services for large scale litigation. He is also the CEO of NET Power, LLC, which is working with Exelon, Toshiba and CB&I to commercialize an 8 Rivers technology that produces electricity from fossil fuel (including natural gas) at a cost comparable to existing technologies, while, at no additional cost, capturing all of the carbon dioxide and other atmospheric emissions. A member of the Duke Law School extended faculty, Brown’s teaching has focused on entrepreneurship, business law, business planning, capital markets and corporate finance. He was instrumental in helping put together Duke’s LLM program in Entrepreneurship and the Law. Previously, Brown was a distinguished lawyer with an extensive career in financial services, holding leadership positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., AIG International, Morgan Stanley, and Sidley & Austin.

 

Myla Lai-Goldman

Myla Lai-Goldman

Myla Lai-Goldman is the chief executive officer and president of GeneCentric Diagnostics. She is also a founder and director of the company. Dr. Lai-Goldman spent more than 18 years at Laboratory Corporation of America, Holdings (LabCorp), the last 10 years as executive vice president, chief medical officer and chief scientific officer. She served on LabCorp's Executive and Management Committees, with strategic and operations responsibilities for three major genomic laboratories comprising more than 700 people. During her tenure at the company, she led all clinical, scientific and medical activities, including the introduction of more than 400 clinical assays. Her experience includes the development of partnerships, licensing, and acquisitions. After leaving LabCorp, Dr. Lai-Goldman became a venture partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and is the managing partner of Personalized Science, LLC, a consulting company founded to assist customers achieve successful adoption of innovative diagnostics.

 

Robert M. McDowell

Robert McDowell

Robert M. McDowell, former FCC commissioner, has been an industry and government leader on a multitude of complex issues in the communications field throughout his career. Currently a partner in the Communications Practice at Wiley Rein LLP, he provides strategic legal, business, and public policy advice to clients on important domestic and international matters in the telecommunications, media, technology, and digital media industries. Appointed to the FCC by Presidents George W. Bush (2006) and Barack Obama (2009) and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate each time, McDowell was the first Republican appointed to an independent agency by President Obama. During his seven years as one of five FCC commissioners, he spearheaded the production of policies that directly affected all aspects of the Internet, wireless technologies, broadband competition, and communications equipment and devices, as well as radio and satellite services. He currently also serves as a senior advisor at Berenson & Co. and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for the Economics of the Internet.

 

William J. Raduchel

William Raduchel

William J. Raduchel is the non-executive chairman of the board at Opera Software ASA. He is a director of Blackboard, Inc. and Silicon Image as well as ePals, LiveIntent, moka5, and Virident; technology adviser to the Daily Mail and General Trust PLC; and a strategic adviser to Naspers/Myriad International Holdings. He teaches corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He chaired the committee of the National Academies that produced the report, Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy. He was previously chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ruckus Network, executive vice president and chief technology officer of AOL TimeWarner, and chief strategy officer of Sun Microsystems, among other senior executive positions. Raduchel is a member of the Conference of Business Economists and the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy of the National Academy of Sciences and was a member of the National Academy Committee on Internet Navigation and Domain Name Services and the STEP committee, which produced A Patent System for the 21st Century.

 

James Smith

James Smith

James Smith is the chief intellectual property counsel for law and regulatory affairs for Ecolabs, Incorporated. Previously, he served as chief administrative patent judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board from 2011 to 2015. He has had a long career in the law and in intellectual property, including a brief time as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A former assistant dean of the law school at Emory University, he also served as a clerk at the Federal Circuit, as a patent litigator and patent prosecutor, and led international licensing and day-to-day management of in-house intellectual property teams for three multinational corporations: Lexmark, Nokia, and, most recently, Baxter International, where he served as associate general counsel and chief intellectual property counsel. Smith clerked for Chief Judge Paul Michel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and practiced with Arnold White & Durkee and, later, Dewey Ballantine, serving as the office managing partner of Dewey's Texas office before leaving to serve as the global licensing director for Nokia Corporation.

 

Philip J. Weiser

Philip Weiser

Philip J. Weiser serves as the Colorado Attorney General. Before running for office, he was the Hatfield Professor of Law and Telecommunications and Dean at the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the school's Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council. His writing and teaching continues to focus on telecommunications law, internet law, antitrust law, intellectual property, and constitutional law. He previously served as the senior advisor for technology and innovation to the National Economic Council Director and the deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division under President Barack Obama. He also served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.

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