Adam Mossoff

Prof. Adam Mossoff

Founder, Director of Academic Programs & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He is a founder of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, and is now a Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholar. He teaches a wide range of courses at the law school, including property, patent law, trade secrets, trademark law, remedies, and internet law. He has published extensively on the theory and history of how patents and other intellectual property rights are fundamental property rights that should be secured to their owners and legally protected as commercial assets in the marketplace. He has testified before the Senate and the House on patent legislation, and he has spoken at numerous congressional staff briefings and academic conferences, as well as at the PTO, the FTC, the DOJ, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. His writings on patent law and policy have also appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, The Hill, Politico, and in other media outlets. He is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Licensing Executives Society, an appointed member of the Amicus Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Copyright Alliance. He has served as past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the IEEE-USA.

Professor Mossoff graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a research assistant to Richard A. Epstein and received a Bradley Governance Fellowship. Following law school, he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, and he clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before coming to Scalia Law, he taught at Michigan State University College of Law, the University of San Diego School of Law, and Washington & Lee University School of Law. He holds an MA in philosophy, specializing in legal and political philosophy, from Columbia University and a BA with High Distinction and High Honors in philosophy from the University of Michigan.



  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
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