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Professor Tu co-authors new edition of IP law book

WVU Law professor S. Sean Tu

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — S. Sean Tu, a West Virginia University College of Law professor, has co-authored a new book on U.S. intellectual property law.

“Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law” (Wolters Kluwer, 2022, 7th ed.) is a revised and updated comprehensive review of U.S. copyright, patent, and trademark laws. The book introduces recent amendments to these types of law and examines their impact.

“Patent law is constantly changing with important topics such as the growing prominence of the Western District of Texas as a venue for patent lawsuits, changes to Inter Partes Review procedure, and the use of sovereign immunity to protect patent validity,” said Tu.

Major themes in the book include registration procedures; scope of exclusive rights; transfer of interests; fair use; rights in unregistered marks; protection of computer software, code, and databases; remedies and procedural issues in infringement actions.

Tu’s co-authors are Amanda Reid, a journalism and law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Jessica M. Kiser, director of the Gonzaga University Wine Institute and an associate professor at Gonzaga School of Law.

Tu joined the WVU Law faculty in 2011. He is a scholar at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He holds bachelor degrees in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.


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