Edmund W. Kitch

  • Mary and Daniel Loughran Professor of Law

Edmund Kitch joined the faculty in 1982. His scholarly and teaching interests include agency, corporations, securities, antitrust, industrial and intellectual property, economic regulation and legal and economic history.

In law school Kitch was comment editor for the University of Chicago Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After spending one year as an assistant professor at Indiana University, he taught at the University of Chicago from 1965 until 1982. During that time he served as reporter of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, special assistant to the solicitor general of the United States, and executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board Committee on Procedural Reform. He also has been a visiting professor of law at Stanford, Michigan, New York University, Brooklyn Law School and Georgetown University. In 1996 he was the Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

After he came to Virginia, he became a member of the Committee on Public-Private Sector Interactions in Vaccine Innovation of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (1983-85). He also was a member of UVA's Center for Advanced Studies from 1982-85. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute.


  • J.D.
    University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A.
    Yale University


Modern Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law (with Sherri L. Burr and Harvey S. Perlman) (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2014).

Selected Statutes and International Agreements on Unfair Competition, Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents (with Paul Goldstein) (Foundation Press, 2000; 2002 ed.; 2003 ed.; 2004 ed.; 2005 ed.; 2006 ed.; 2007 ed.).

Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition (with Harvey Perlman) (Foundation Press, 5th ed., 1998).

Book Chapters/Multi-Author Works:

"Territorial Scope of U.S. Securities Laws," in Hans Van Houtte, ed., The Law of Cross-Border Securities Transactions (Sweet and Maxwell, 1999).

Articles on "Patents, The Chicago School of Law and Economics" and "Henry Simons," in Peter Newman, ed., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).

"Is There a Fundamental Difference between the Disclosure Requirements of American Law and those of the Rest of the World?," in H. Cousy & D. Heremans, eds., Essays in Law and Economics III: Financial Markets and Insurance (Maklu Uitgevers, 1997).

"Competition Between Securities Markets: Good or Bad?," in The Future for the Global Securities Market: Legal and Regulatory Aspects 233 (Clarendon Press, 1996).

"American Law, Preventive Vaccine Programs, and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," in Stanley A. Plotkin & Edward A. Mortimer, eds., Vaccines 933 (W.B. Saunders Co. 2d ed., 1994).

Articles on "The Framing Hypothesis, Manipulation, and The Securities Exchange Commission," in Peter Newman, Murray Milgate & John Eatwell, eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance (Palgrave MacMillan, 1992).

"Business Organization Law: State or Federal?," in Richard M. Buxbaum, et al., eds., European Business Law 35 (Waller de Gruyter, 1991).

"American Law and Preventive Vaccination Programs," in Stanley Plotkin & Edward A. Mortimer, Jr., eds., Vaccines 612 (W.B. Saunders Co., 1988).

"Can Washington Repair the Tort System?," in Walter Olson, ed., New Directions in Liability Law 102 (The Academy of Political Science, vol. 37 No. 1 of the Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science, 1988).

"Law and the Economic Order," in Leon Lipson & Stanton Wheeler, eds., Law and the Social Sciences 109 (Russell Sage Foundation, 1987).

"Economic Crime: Theory," in Sanford H. Kadish, ed., Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice 670 (The Free Press, 1983).

Principal Paper in A. Dan Tarlock, ed., Regulation, Federalism and Interstate Commerce (Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain, Inc., 1981).

"The Political Economy of Innovation in Drugs and Drug Regulation Reform," in Robert B. Helms, ed., The International Supply of Medicines: Implications of U.S. Regulatory Reform (American Enterprise Institute, 1980).

"Can We Buy Our Way Out of Harmful Regulation?," in Martin & Schwartz, eds., Deregulating American Industry: Legal and Economic Problems (D.C. Heath and Co., 1977).

"The Patent System and the New Drug Application: An Evaluation of the Incentives for Private Investment in New Drug Research and Marketing," in Landau, ed., Regulating New Drugs (University of Chicago Center for Policy Study, 1973).

"Business Regulation: Transportation," in Victoria Ranney, ed., Con-Con: Issues for the Illinois Convention (University of Illinois Press, 1970).

Foreword to Clinical Education and the Law School of the Future, (Conference Series No. 20, The University of Chicago Law School, 1970).


"Restructuring United States Government Debt: Private Rights, Publlic Values, and the Constitution," (with Julia D. Mahoney) (2019).

“Crowdfunding and an Innovator’s Access to Capital,” 21 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 887 (2014).

“Comment on Dennis S. Karjala, Harry Potter, Tanya Grotter, and the Copyright Derivative Work,” 38 Ariz. St. L.J. 41 (2006).
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“The Simplification of the Criteria for Good Corporate Law or Why Corporate Law Is Not as Important Anymore,” 2 Berkeley Business L.J. 35 (2005).
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"Readying for More Reform," 25 Reg. Mag. 54 (2002).

"Proposals for Reform of Securities Regulation," 41 Va. J. Int'l L. 629 (2001).
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"Elementary and Persistent Errors in the Economic Analysis of Intellectual Property," 53Vand. L. Rev. 1727 (2000).
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"Hard Thinking About Inevitable Developments?," 2000 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 37 (2000).

"Can the Internet Shrink Fair Use?," 78 Neb. L. Rev. 880 (1999).
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"Berkshire Hathaway’s Uncommon Accounting," 19 Cardozo L. Rev. 669 (1997).
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"The Japanese Patent System and U.S. Innovators," 29 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 177 (1996-97).
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"The Expansion of Trade Secrecy Protection and the Mobility of Management Employees: A New Problem for the Law," 47 S.C. L. Rev. 659 (1996).
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"Gustafson v. Alloyd Co.: An Opinion That Did Not Write," 1995 Sup. Ct. Rev. 99 (1996).

"The Theory and Practice of Securities Disclosure," 61 Brook. L. Rev. 763 (1995), reprinted 29 Sec. L. Rev. 3 (1997).
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"Exhaustion of Intellectual Property: A Perspective from the United States," inProceedings of the Annual Conference of ATRIP, Published as Publication Series No. 2 of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property [CASRIP] of the University of Washington School of Law 57 (1996).

"The Patent Policy of Developing Countries," 13 UCLA Pac. Basin L.J. 166 (1994).
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"Fear of Liability Shapes Vaccination Policy," Wall St. J., Feb. 24, 1993, at A15.

"Intellectual Property and the Common Law," 78 Va. L. Rev. 293 (1992).
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"The Framing Hypothesis: Is It Supported by Credit Card Issuer Opposition to a Surcharge on a Cash Price?," 6 J.L. Econ. & Org. 217 (1990).
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"Property Rights in Inventions, Writings and Marks," 13 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 119 (1990).
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"Legal Education, A Capsule History," Virginia Law School Report, Fall 1989, at 9.

"Patents: Monopolies or Property Rights?," 8 Research in L. Econ. 31 (1986).

"Physicians and the Law: An Editorial," 140 Am. J. of Diseases of Children 525 (1986).

"Suffer the Little Children," Wall St. J., March 25, 1986.

"The Vaccine Dilemma," II Issues in Science & Tech. 108 (1986).

"The Antitrust Economics of Joint Ventures," 54 Antitrust L.J. 957 (1985), reprinted in Eleanor M. Fox & James T. Halverson, eds., Collaborations Among Competitors: Antitrust Policy and Economics 865 (American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 1991). 
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"Vaccines and Product Liability: A Case of Contagious Litigation," 9 Regulation No. 3, at 11 (May/June 1985), reprinted as Reprint Series, RS 8694, of the Center for the Study of Drug Development, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

"Common Law Threatens the Children," Va. L. Sch. Rep., Vol. 9, No. 2, at 10 (1985).

"A Federal Vision of the Securities Laws," 70 Va. L. Rev. 857 (1984).
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"Taxi Reform - The FTC Can Hack It," 8 Regulation No. 3, at 13 (May/June 1984).

"The Intellectual Foundations of 'Law and Economics,'" 33 J. Leg. Educ. 184 (1983); translated into Spanish as "Los Fundametos Intelectuales Del Análisis Económico Del Derecho," in Andrés Roemer, ed., Derecho Y Economia: Una Revisión De La Literatura(Mexico, Fondo De Cultura Económica 2000).
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"The Fire of Truth: A Remembrance of Law and Economics at Chicago, 1932-1970" (ed.), 26 J.L. & Econ. 163 (1983).
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"Regulation, the American Common Market and Public Choice," 6 Harv. J.L. Pub. Pol'y119 (1982).
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"Law and Economics of Rights in Valuable Information," 9 J. Legal Stud. 683 (1980).
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"Discussion of Some Implications of the United States Constitution for Accounting Institution Alternatives," 19 J. Accounting Research Supp. 123 (1981).

"Patents, Prospects and Economic Surplus: A Reply," 23 J.L. & Econ. 205 (1980).
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"The Return of Color Consciousness to the Constitution: Weber, Dayton, and Columbus," 1979 Sup. Ct. Rev. 1 (1979).
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"The Political Economy of Innovation in Drugs and the Role of the Food and Drug Administration," 24 U. Chi. L. Sch. Rec. 13 (1978).

"The Facts of Munn v. Illinois" (with Clara Ann Bowler), 1978 Sup. Ct. Rev. 313.
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"The Nature and Function of the Patent System," 20 J.L. & Econ. 265 (1977); AEI Reprint No. 87, April 1978.

"The Yellow Cab Antitrust Case," 15 J.L. & Econ. 327 (1972), reprinted in Roger D. Blair and Amanda K. Equibel, eds., Landmark Antitrust Decisions Revisited, 26 The Journal of Reprints for Antitrust Law and Economics 921 (1996).
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"The Regulation of Taxicabs in Chicago" (with Marc Isaacson & Daniel Kasper), 15 J.L. & Econ. 285 (1972); Brookings Institute Reprint No. 225 (1972).
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"The Supreme Court's Code of Criminal Procedure: 1968-1969 Edition," 1969 Sup. Ct. Rev. 155.
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"Katz v. United States: The Limits of the Fourth Amendment," 1968 Sup. Ct. Rev. 133.

"Regulation of the Field Market for Natural Gas by the Federal Power Commission," 11J.L. & Econ. 243 (1968); reprinted in Paul W. MacAvoy, ed., The Crisis of the Regulatory Commissions (W. W. Norton & Co., 1970).
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"The Permian Basin Area Rate Cases and the Regulatory Determination of Price," 116 U. Pa. L. Rev. 191 (1967).
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"Graham v. John Deere Co.: New Standards for Patents," 1966 Sup. Ct. Rev. 293 (1966); reprinted 49 Journal of the Patent Office Soc’y 236 (1967), and in Philip B. Kurland, ed.,The Supreme Court and Patents and Monopolies 161 (University of Chicago Press, 1975).
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"Section 1404(a) of the Judicial Code: In the Interest of Justice or Injustice?," 40 Ind. L.J.99 (1965).
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Book Reviews:

Review of George W. Liebman, The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait of Five Legal Scholars, Green Bag 2d 303 (2006). 

Review of Robert F. Bruner, Deals from Hell: M&A Lessons that Rise Above the Ashes, 1Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 127 (2006).
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Review of Anne M. Khademian, The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise, 10 Yale J. on Reg. 589 (1993).
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Review of Kim Lane Scheppele, Legal Secrets: Equality and Efficiency in the Common Law, 28 J. Econ. Literature 1770 (1990).

Review of Cento G. Veljanovski, The New Law and Economics: A Research Review, 4 Int'l Rev. L. & Econ. 229 (1984).

Review of Kripke, The SEC and Corporate Disclosure: Regulation in Search of a Purpose,47 U. Chi. L. Rev. 394 (1980).
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Review of Chapter 11 of Volume XI of the International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law: Legal Consequences of State Regulation 9 Int'l J.L. Libraries 230 (1981).

Review of Benjamin Kaplan, An Unhurried View of Copyright, 20 Stan. L. Rev. 794 (1968).
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Current Courses

All Courses

Colloquium in Business Law
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property: Trade
Securities Fraud
Seminar in Ethical Values