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Pilz, Bryce C.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Fall 2016

3018 South Hall

Professor Bryce C. Pilz, '00, is a clinical assistant professor of law. Prior to joining the Law School, Professor 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. Professor 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. Professor 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. Professor 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

"Disarming the Ticking Startup Ownership Dispute Timebomb." (Forthcoming).

"A Survey of Legal Issues Arising from the Deployment of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles." D. A. Crane and K. D. Logue, co-authors. Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 23, no. 2 (2017): 191-320.
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Recently Taught Courses


Participated in a discussion on "Autonomous Vehicles: Where Does the Emergence of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Stand?" during TechWeek Detroit 2016, May 2016.​

Participated in the Entrepreneurship Education: Developing a Community of Practice conference, Duke University, May 2016. ​

Participated in th​e "Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment" conference at the University of Michigan Law School, April 2016.

Participated in the "Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming: Opportunities and Challenges" seminar sponsored by Miller Canfield and the Oakland County Bar Association, March 2016.​

Presented "Understanding Patent Rights for Early-stage Tech Ventures" at the I-Corps: Energy and Transportation startup program at Next Energy, Detroit, June 2015.​

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.​​