Sean Seymore, scholar of patent law, joins Vanderbilt’s faculty

May 18, 2010

Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt University Law School, has announced the appointment of Sean Seymore to Vanderbilt’s law faculty.

Seymore has been appointed Associate Professor of Law. He joins Vanderbilt from the faculty of Washington & Lee University, where he had been an assistant professor of law since 2008.

Professor Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy. Professor Seymore was a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University from 2007-08.

He earned a B.S. in chemistry as a Tennessee Scholar at the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame with an Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowship, and a J.D. at the University of Notre Dame with an Allen Endowment Fellowship.

“I’m very pleased to announce that Sean Seymore will join our law faculty,” Dean Guthrie said. “As a chemist and a lawyer, he brings an important perspective to the study of patent law and to the examination of the intersection of law and science. He’s a valuable addition to our accomplished faculty in both intellectual property and law and science.”

Professor Seymore will join fellow intellectual property scholars, Daniel Gervais and Steven Hetcher. At Vanderbilt, he will teach Patent Law, Advanced Patent Law, Torts, and a seminar in Law, Science, and Technology.

“I am extremely happy to have Sean as a colleague,” said Professor Gervais. “His research achievements are already impressive, and our students, more and more of whom have science backgrounds and come to Vanderbilt for the intellectual property program, will really benefit from Sean’s focus on the intersection of science and law.”

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