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Biotechnology, Intellectual property, Patent law

Margo A. Bagley

Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law
J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1996
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986

Margo A. Bagley's teaching and writing focus on U.S., international and comparative patent law issues, particularly relating to biotechnology and pharmaceutical protection.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley worked in products research and development with the Procter & Gamble Company, where she was named Food Product Development Excellence "Rookie of the Year" and was co-inventor on a U.S. patent for improved peanut butter. Later, she worked as a senior research analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. Through her corporate experience, Bagley developed an interest in the law of intellectual property.

Bagley received her J.D. in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, an editor of the Emory Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Georgia bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bagley worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner before becoming an assistant professor of law at Emory University in 1999. She was a visiting professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law in fall 2001 and at the University of Virginia School of Law in fall 2005. She has also taught international patent law and policy courses in Germany, China, Israel and Singapore. She joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006.

Bagley is a member of the board of directors of the Public Patent Foundation and also served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue. She also was a member of the Scientific Committee of the 2013 European Policy on Intellectual Property Conference in Paris, France, and recently co-authored a report on the Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In 2013, Bagley co-authored "International Patent Law and Policy," the first stand-alone casebook focusing on international patent law in more than a decade. (More)

Bagley also has provided expert assistance to the government of Mozambique in the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. (

Video: Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology (December 2015)

"Digital DNA" PDF

Article: Professor Margo Bagley Helps Protect Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights on International Stage (October 2015)

Video: Margo Bagley in Seminar on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Related Topics (Geneva, Switzerland; June 2015)
Click "video on demand" and select "WIPO/IPTK/GE/2/15 Seminar on Intellectual Property, and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions..." The presentation begins at 55:17.

Video: Interview with Margo Bagley (June 2015)
"Key Speeches, Interviews with Selected Speakers," beginning at 1:38.

Scholarship Profile: Engineering Solutions to Patent Puzzles (Virginia Journal 2008)

Faculty Q&A: Bagley Focuses on Law Behind Keeping Drug Patents Profitable (October 2011)

Article: Virginia Law Students Get Rare Front-Row Seat to Federal Appellate Process (September 2011)

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