Daniel H. Brean
Daniel H. Brean joined The University of Akron School of Law in 2016. Professor Brean researches and writes in the field of intellectual property law, primarily patent law. His published works have addressed issues concerning patent infringement remedies, disruptive technologies, and industrial design. Professor Brean currently teaches the Patent Law & Policy, Patent Office Litigation, International Intellectual Property Law, and Intellectual Property Licensing courses.
Prior to joining Akron Law, Professor Brean was a shareholder at The Webb Law Firm in Pittsburgh, PA, where his practice focused on patent litigation in district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Brean has regularly appeared and argued cases before the Federal Circuit, and he remains Of Counsel to The Webb Law Firm to continue advising and assisting in patent appeals. Professor Brean is also a former law clerk to the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the Federal Circuit. From 2014-2016, Professor Brean served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching the Patent Law and Advanced Topics in Patent Law courses.
Professor Brean received his JD cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as the lead articles editor for the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law & Policy, and where he was given the faculty award for excellence in legal scholarship. He received his BS in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Business Methods, Technology, and Discrimination, __Mich. St. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018)
Casting Aspersions in Patent Trials, 79 U. Pitt. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017) (with Bryan Clark)
Pro Se Patent Appeals at the Federal Circuit, 21 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 1 (2017)
Patenting Physibles: A Fresh Perspective for Claiming 3D-Printable Products, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 837 (2015)
Ending Unreasonable Royalties: Why Nominal Damages are Adequate to Compensate Patent Assertion Entities for Infringement, 39 Vermont L. Rev. 867 (2015)
Will the "Nexus" Requirement of Apple v. Samsung Preclude Injuctive Relief in the Majority of Patent Cases?" Echoes of the Entire Market Value Rule, 51 San Diego L. Rev. 153 (2014)
Asserting Patents to Combat Infringement Via 3D Printing: It's No "Use," 23 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 771 (2013)
Overcoming the "Impossible Issue" of Nonobviousness in Design Patents, 99 Ky. L.J. 419 (2011) (with Janice Mueller)
Enough is Enough: Time to Eliminate Design Patents and Rely on More Appropriate Copyright and Trademark Protection for Product Designs, 16 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 325 (2008)
Keeping Time Machines and Teleporters in the Public Domain: Fiction as Prior Art for Patent Examination, 7 PGH J. Tech. L. & Pol'y 8 (2007)