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Hans, G.S.

Clinical Fellow
Entrepreneurship Clinic

2024 South Hall

Professor Gautam Hans, '12, is a clinical teaching fellow in the Entrepreneurship Clinic, with a focus on intellectual property and technology. His work and scholarship examine how individuals and new entities address the complex legal and policy issues involved with IP and technology regulation. Professor Hans previously served as policy counsel and director, CDT-San Francisco at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he worked on a range of technology law and policy issues. Professor Hans joined CDT in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, based in Washington, D.C., focusing on privacy issues.

A frequent speaker on technology issues relating to IP, privacy, speech, and security, Professor Hans has been quoted in several media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review First Impressions and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (in dissent).

Professor Hans earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and served as a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Michigan Clinical Law Program. He also earned his MS in information from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2012. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as an editorial assistant in the Knopf Group of Random House Inc., after receiving his BA in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2006.

Recent Publications

"Curing Administrative Search Decay." B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 24, no. 1 (2018).
Full Text: SSRN | WWW


Presented "'No Copyright Infringement Intended'," Intellectual Property Workshop, University of Michigan Law School, October 2017.

Presented "Provisional Patents in the Public Interest: Practicing IP in a Clinical Setting," Clinical Law Review Writers' Workshop, New York University School of Law, September 2017.

Moderator, "The Conflicts in Context: Transnational Dilemmas for Individuals and Entities—A Comparative Analysis," International Perspectives on Privacy and Free Expression Conference, University of Michigan Law School, September 2017.

Presented "No Copyright Infringement Intended" at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, August 2017.

Panelist, "For Love Nor Money: Are We Teaching Transferable Skills by Representing Clients for Free?," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2017.

Presented "Representation, Content, and the Copyright Office," Race + IP Conference, Boston College Law School, April 2017.

Moderator, "Privacy and Security Challenges in Investigative Journalism," Dissonance Series, University of Michigan, March 2017.