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Antitrust law, Copyright, Intellectual property, Internet, Patent law, Telecommunications, Trademark law

Christopher Sprigman

Visiting Professor of Law
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1993
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1988

Chris Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law at New York University Law School. His scholarship focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies.

Sprigman received his B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, serving as a comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and graduating with honors in 1993. Following graduation, Sprigman clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sprigman also taught at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

From 1999 to 2001, Sprigman served as appellate counsel in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on U.S. v. Microsoft, among other matters. Sprigman then joined the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding, where he was elected a partner. In 2003, he left law practice to become a Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He joined the Virginia faculty in 2005, where he was a faculty member until he joined NYU Law School in 2013.

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"Valuing Attribution and Publication in Intellectual Property" (with Christopher J. Buccafusco and Zachary C. Burns), Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 2012-02.

“The Intersection of Patent and Antitrust Law,” in Einer Elhauge, ed.,
Research Handbook on the Economics of Antitrust Law 351 (Edward Elgar, 2012).

The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (with Kal Raustiala) (Oxford University Press, 2012).

“The Creativity Effect” (with Christopher Buccafusco), 78
U. Chi. L. Rev. 31 (2011).
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“Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedy” (with Dotan Oliar), in Mario Biagioli et al., eds. Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective 385 (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

"Valuing Intellectual Property: An Experiment," (with Christopher J. Buccafusco), 91 Cornell L. Rev., 2010.
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"From Corn to Norms: How IP Entitlements Affect What Stand-up Comedians Create" (with Dotan Oliar), 95 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 57 (2009).

The Piracy Paradox Revisited" (with Kal Raustiala), 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1201 (2009).
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"Copyright and the Rule of Reason," 7 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 101 (2009).
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"There's No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of Intellectual Property Norms and the Transformation of Stand-Up Comedy" (with Dotan Oliar), 94 Va. L. Rev. 1787 (2008).
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“Congressional Power and Limitations Inherent in the Copyright Clause” (panelist), 30 Colum. J.L. & Arts 259 (2007).
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"Where IP Isn’t" (with Kal Raustiala), Va. L. Rev. In Brief (2007).

"Indirect Enforcement of the Intellectual Property Clause," 30 Colum. J. Law & Arts 565 (2007).

"The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design," (with Kal Raustiala), 92 Va. L. Rev. 1687 (2006).
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"The 99¢ Question," 5 J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 87 (2006).
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"Fix Prices Globally, Get Sued Locally?  U.S. Jurisdiction Over International Cartels," 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 265 (2005).
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"Reform(aliz)ing Copyright," 57 Stan. L. Rev. 485 (2004).
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"Angry Native Becomes Postmodernist Prophet of Judicial Messiah," 2001 (4) S. Afr. L.J. 693.

"Du Plessis is not Dead: South Africa’s Final Constitution and the Application of the Bill of Rights to Private Disputes," 15 (1) S. Afr. J. Hum. Rts. 25 (1999).
"Standing on Firmer Ground: Separation of Powers and Deference to Congressional Findings in the Standing  Analysis," 59 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1645 (1992).
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