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Pilz, Bryce C.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Entrepreneurship Clinic

3018 South Hall

Prof. Bryce C. Pilz, '00, is a clinical assistant professor in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. He represents tech startups in intellectual property, incorporation, and financing matters. Prior to joining the Law School, Prof. Pilz practiced at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the firm's intellectual property practice and clerked for the Hon. Amy J. St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois. Most recently, he served as associate general counsel at the University of Michigan, where he worked with the Office of Technology Transfer on startups and licensing. Prof. Pilz was part of a team that spun-out more than 60 tech startups and entered into more than 500 technology licenses over a five-year period. Prof. Pilz also assisted in the creation of the University's Venture Accelerator at the North Campus Research Complex and advised the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship on student entrepreneurship matters. He also has served as a National Science Foundation I-Corps mentor, is currently a Tech Stars mentor, and teaches in the University's Master of Entrepreneurship program. Prof. Pilz manages the Law School's involvement in the ZEAL Venture Capital Lab, a partnership with local and national venture capital firms Detroit Innovate and Mercury Fund in which law students extern with local venture capital firms. He received his JD from Michigan Law in 2000 and his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 1997. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. His most recent article, "Student Intellectual Property Issues on the Entrepreneurial Campus," was published in the Michigan Journal of Private Equity & Venture Capital Law.

Recent Publications

​"Student Intellectual Property Issues on the Entrepreneurial Campus." Mich. J. Priv. Eq. & Ven. Cap. L. 2, no. 1 (2012).



Presented "Startup Basics" to the University of Michigan School of Public Health's Innovation in Action Program, Ann Arbor, February 2015.

Moderated the panel, "Raising Early-stage Capital: New Considerations for Entrepreneurs & Investors" at the Accelerate Michigan Competition, Detroit, November 2014.

Taught a four-week, online "Intellectual Property Crash Course" sponsored by MconneX at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Ann Arbor, July–August 2014.​​

Panelist on "Advising the New Startup Company: Formation and Funding," ICLE, April 2013.

Interviewed on Michigan Public Radio's Stateside program, "What Patent Changes Mean for Inventors," February 2013.

Quoted in The New York Times article, "Got the Next Great Idea?," by Laura Pappano, July 2012.

Panelist on "Innovation and Efficiency in Michigan" during "The State of Patent Litigation: A Conversation with the Federal Circuit," Michigan Law School, October 2012.

Panelist on "Mind the Gap: Avoiding Chain of Title Problems after Stanford v. Roche" at the Association of University Technology Managers annual meeting, Anaheim, California, March 2012.

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