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September 1, 2006

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330

Patent Law Expert John Golden Joins Law Faculty

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Professor John M. Golden

AUSTIN, Texas—John M. Golden, an expert in intellectual property law, has joined The University of Texas School of Law as assistant professor. He will teach patent law and administrative law.

Dr. Golden joins the UT Law faculty from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston where he worked as an associate in the intellectual property department primarily on patent litigation from 2001 to 2002 and 2003 to 2006. He has practiced at the trial and appellate levels and has participated in the prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Golden was also the Hieken Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he taught a class on patent law in 2004 and 2005.

“John Golden brings with him a remarkable and apt set of credentials: He began with an honor-laden Ph.D. in physics; followed with a magna cum laude law degree from Harvard; and then turned to a high-powered practice in patent law. He is a very welcome addition to our Intellectual Property program,” said UT Law Dean Lawrence Sager.

In addition to working in private practice, Golden served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer in Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2003. Golden also clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 2000 to 2001.

“I have been greatly impressed by the energy and accomplishments of the law school’s faculty and students, and hope both to contribute to, and to benefit from, this vigorous academic community,” Golden said.

Golden holds a law degree from Harvard Law School where he graduated magna cum laude in 2000, and a Ph.D. and A.M. in physics from Harvard University in 1997. He graduated summa cum laude in physics and history in 1992 from Harvard College.

Golden has written or co-written numerous legal and physics articles including "Biotechnology, Technology Polity and Patentability: Natural Products and Invention in the American System," 50 Emory L.J 101 (2001); "Note, Navigating Uncertainty: Gatekeeping in the Absence of Hard Science," 113 Harv. L. Rev 1467 (2000); and "Coulomb Blockade of Strongly Coupled Quantum Dots Studied via Bosonization of a Channel with a Finite Barrier," 65 Phys. Rev. B 115326 (2002).

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