Sean O'Connor

George Mason University — Professor of Law
Center for the Protection of IP — Executive Director

Sean O’Connor is Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Innovation Law Clinic, and Executive Director of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. His research and law practice focus on intellectual property and business law, especially the role of general counsel for start-ups and commercializing innovation in technology and arts. Professor O’Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in philosophy concentrating on the history and philosophy of science from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Before graduate school he was a singer-songwriter and rock band front man with two self-released albums that received local airplay in the Northeast. He is currently writing The Means of Innovation: Creation, Control, Method+ology and serving as Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Music Law & Policy, both forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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