Intellectual Property Law

Martin Edelman

Prof. Martin Adelman

US Patent Law

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Before joining the GW Law faculty in 1999, Martin J. Adelman had been a Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School specializing in intellectual property and antitrust law. Before joining the Wayne State faculty in 1973, he practiced as a patent attorney in the Detroit area for several years.

During that period he served as lead counsel in several patent infringement actions including acting as lead counsel for Motor City is the Kolene v. Motor City litigation. The current focus of his teaching and scholarship is in the field of patent law. He has written many law review articles on patent law, the economics of patent law and patent-antitrust law.

From 1977 to 1988 he was one of the co-authors, and currently is the sole author, of the continuously updated nine volume treatise on patent law entitled Patent Law Perspectives (Matthew Bender) and available electronically through LEXIS. He is a co-author of Cases and Materials on Patent Law, Third Edition (West 1998, 2003, 2009) and Adelman, Rader, and Klancnik's Patent Law in a Nutshell(Nutshell Series) (West 2008). He has testified either by deposition or at trial as an expert in patent law and practice in about 190 patent infringement cases.

He has lectured widely on patent law subjects at conferences across the United States and in Amman, Beijing, Bangalore, Bangkok, Berlin, Bhopal, Bonn, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Cairo, Calcutta, Edinburgh, Haifa, Hong Kong, Kharagpur, Maastricht, Mumbai, Munich, New Delhi, Osaka, Paris, Parma, Phuket, Pune, Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, Sofia, Stockholm, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Trieste, Trivandrum, Utrecht, and Wuhan.

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Prof. Guy Pessach

Prof. Guy Pessach

Associate Professor
On Leave
Room 218

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LL.B, LL.D, Hebrew University


Representative Publications

“Law and the Politics of Memory, 48 HEBREW UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW – MISHPATIM (forthcoming, 2017)

“Beyond IP – The Cost of Free – Informational Capitalism in a Post IP Era”, 54 Osgoode Hall Law Review, 225-251 (2016)

“Some Realism about Copyright Skepticism”, 57 IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, 225-278 (2017)

 “Toward a New Jurisprudence of Copyright Exemptions”, 55 IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, 287-318 (2015)

"Deconstructing Disintermediation – A Skeptical Copyright Perspective”, 33 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 101-141 (2013)

The New Israeli Copyright Act – A Case-Study in Reverse Comparative law", 41 IIC - International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law (Max-Planck Institute Publications), 187-201 (2010)

"Reciprocal Share-Alike Exemptions in Copyright Law", 30 Cardozo Law Review, 101-150 (2008)

"[Networked] Memory Institutions: Social Remembering, Privatization and its Discontents", 26 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 71-149 (2008)

“Media, Markets, and Democracy: Revisiting an Eternal Triangle, Critical Notice: Media, Markets and Democracy by Edwin C. Baker”17 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 209-226 (2004)

"Copyright Law as a Silencing Restriction on Non-Infringing Materials – Unveiling the Scope of Copyright’s Diversity Externalities”, 76 University of Southern California Law Review, 1067-1104 (2003)


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Michal Shur-Ofry

Prof. Michal Shur-Ofry

Associate Prof.
Room א216
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Prof. Michal Shur-Ofry specializes in intellectual property, innovation, law and technology, complexity and network science, and teaches various courses and seminars on these topics. She received her LL.B. (Magna cum Laude) and Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her LL.M. from University College London, as a Chevening–Sainer scholar. 

Prof. Shur-Ofry’s studies the law from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her recent scholarship focuses on the use of complex systems and network theory in the design of legal policy. As part of this endeavor she designed and has been teaching pioneering courses that expose law students to the cutting-edge field of complexity and its implications for the law. She also studies innovation theory (with a focus on irregular innovation), and the interface between law and collective memory. She authored numerous articles and one book in these areas. More details about her research can be found here.

Before joining the Hebrew University, Prof. Shur-Ofry was the head of the intellectual property practice in a prominent Israeli law firm. 

Since 2017 Prof. Shur-Ofry serves as the head of the law faculty’s research committee. She is also a member of the steering committee of the Huji-Innovate Entreperneurship Center, and  takes part in various interdisciplinary programs, including  the Biodesign-Medical Innovation Program, the Cyber-law Research Center .

Prof. Shur-Ofry was a visiting Professor at the law faculties of Georgetown University and the University of British Columbia, and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Engelberg Innovation Center. 



Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law, Ph.D, 2009 

University College London, Univeristy of London, LL.M. (Merit), 1997

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law, LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude), 1994  


Representative publications

Using Complexity to Calibrate Legal Response to Covid-19, 9 Front. Phys., 650943:1-13 (2021) (with Ofer Malcai),

Out of Sight: Patents that Have Never Been Cited, 126(4) Scientometrics, 2903-2929  (2021) (with Neil Gandal, Michael Crystal & Royee Shilony,

Institutions for Collective Action and Social Contagion —Community Gardens as a Case Study, 15(1) Regulation & Governance 63-81 (2021) (with Ofer Malcai), available at

Robotic Collective Memory, 97 Washington University L.Rev. 975 (2020) (with Guy Pessach),

Copyright and the Holocaust30  Yale J. L. and the Humanities 121-172 (2018) (with Guy Pessach)

The Diffusion of Legal Innovation—Insights from Mathematical Modeling, 52 Cornell Int’l L. J.  313 (2019) (with Gadi Fibich & Shira Green),

Connect the Dots: Patents and Interdisciplinarity, 51 Michigan J. L. Ref. 55 (2017),


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Katya Assaf

Dr. Katya Zakharov-Assaf

Senior Lecturer
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Katya Assaf-Zakharov is a senior lecturer at the Law Faculty and the European Forum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She studied law with a minor in sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. and LL.M.) and did her Ph.D. studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich as a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation.

Katya has written on a variety of legal topics, such as advertising, trademarks, patents, freedom of expression, media regulation, defamation, and affirmative action. Her writings critically analyze consumer culture, brand fetishism, and capitalist ideology. They always combine legal analysis with insights from other disciplines, such as economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and semiotics. She is also interested in comparative law, particularly in comparing German and US-American legal regulations and tracing their cultural and philosophic roots. 

Recently, Katya’s research has begun to focus on urban public space. Together with the photographer Tim Schnetgöke, she is working to unearth the narratives embedded in our shared visual environment and criticize their legal regulation, such as the uneven treatment of graffiti or the privileged position of commercial advertising in public space. They aspire to develop a concept of a more inclusive city – one that would grant its residents a right to design and redesign public spaces. They are now looking to start an experiment implementing this idea as a project that would allow city residents to place their contributions – texts of images – in visible urban sites.



1996-2000 – The Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, LL.B
2000-2002 – The Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, LL.M graduated with honors
2003-2006 – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Faculty of Law, Ph.D. (Supervisor: Reto M. Hilty) graduated summa cum laude
won Law Faculty Prize at Ludwig Maximilian University
won Otto Hahn Medal, an academic award granted by the Max Planck Society


Representative Publications

Reading the Illegible: Can Law Understand Graffiti? (with Tim Schnetgöke)53 Connecticut Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

The Importance of Being First: Economic and Non-economic Dimensions of Inventorship in US-American and German Law (with Lisa Herzog), The American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming 2021)

Work, Identity, and the Regulation of Markets: A Study of Trademark Law in the U.S. and Germany (with Lisa Herzog), 44 Law & Social Inquiry 1083 (2019)

Non-Traditional Trademarks as (Non-Traditional) Means of Cultural Control?, in Non-Traditional Marks and the (Risks of the) Expansion of Trademark  Rights in Singapore (Irene Calboli & Martin Senflleben, eds.) Oxford University Press (2018)

Of Patents and Cobras: Changing the Incentive Structure of Patent Law, 35 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 1 (2017)

Buying Goods and Doing Good: Trademarks and Social Competition, 67 Alabama Law Review 100-139 (2016)

Capitalism against Freedom, 38 NYU Review of Law & Social Change 201 (2015)

Der Zauber der Marke, 2015 GRUR Int. 426 (2015)

Magical Thinking in Trademark Law, 37 Law & Social Inquiry 595 (2012)

Brand Fetishism43 Connecticut Law Review 83 (2010)

Der Markenschutz und seine kulturelle Bedeutung: Ein Vergleich des deutschen mit dem US-amerikanischen, 2009 GRUR Int. 1 (2009) 

The Dilution of Culture and the Law of Trademarks, 49 IDEA 1 (2008)


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