Professor Robin Feldman


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Professor Robin Feldman received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, graduating the Order of the Coif and receiving the Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in the class. Professor Feldman also served in the Articles Department of the Stanford Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for The Honorable Joseph Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professor Feldman holds the Harry & Lillian Hastings Chair. She has received the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence, the Visionary Award from the UC Hastings Board of Directors, and the 1066 Foundation Award for Scholarship. Professor Feldman is also the Director of the UC Hastings Institute for Innovation Law, which is dedicated to data-driven law-making and the active classroom.  As part of the Institute, Professor Feldman runs the Startup Legal Garage, which has been named the fifth most innovative law school program in the country.


Professor Feldman has published two books, Rethinking Patent Law (Harvard 2012) and The Role of Science in Law (Oxford 2009), as well as an extensive number of articles in law reviews and in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Her work has been cited by the White House and by numerous federal and state agencies and members of Congress. She has provided testimony and commentary for committees of the US Congress and the California legislature, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Patent & Trademark Office, and the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Feldman has chaired the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Association of Law Schools and has served as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012.


Professor Feldman has five children, and she and her husband enjoy hiking and biking with the family.

Courses Taught: Intellectual Property Concentration Seminar, Startup Legal Garage--BioTech Module; Transition from Scientist to Lawyer, Law and Bioscience, Intellectual Property Survey, and Property

Expertise: Patent Law, Intellectual Property, IP/Antitrust, Law & Science, Privacy, and Property