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F. Scott Kieff

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F. Scott Kieff is a professor at The George Washington University Law School and a Ray and Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation. That project involves the law, economics, business, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, property rights, contracts, and dispute resolution.

Kieff also serves on Hoover’s Property Rights Task Force and as a faculty member in the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; previously he was a professor at the Washington University School of Law in Saint Louis, Missouri, with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery.


Ralph Nack

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Dr. Ralph Nack is a lawyer with Bird & Bird in Munich. He advises clients in the field of Intellectual Property, especially in Patent Law. Dr. Nack received his Ph.D. in Patent Law in 2001 from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property/University of Munich. Dr. Nack has been a visiting scholar at The George Washington University and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, both in Washington, D.C. (1999/2000). He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo. Besides his work as an attorney, Dr. Nack is an active member of the AIPPI and GRUR. He frequently lectures on Patent Law at international conventions and seminars and is the author of many scientific publications. Dr. Nack is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation, the ZEIT Foundation, and the DFG.