Oren Bracha

Oren Bracha

  • William C. Conner Chair in Law

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Oren Bracha is a legal historian and an intellectual property law scholar. His dissertation "Owning Ideas" is a comprehensive intellectual history of Anglo-American intellectual property law. Bracha was a law clerk for Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. Prior to coming to UT he worked on several teaching and research projects for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His fields of interest include intellectual property, cyberlaw, legal history and legal theory.

Prof. Bracha’s newest book, Owning Ideas: The Intellectual Origins of American Intellectual Property, 1790-1909, now available from Cambridge University Press, explores the history of the emergence of intellectual property in the United States during the nineteenth century, examining the fields of both patent and copyright. It has been hailed as “a superb study of the transformation of American copyright and patent doctrine in the nineteenth century.... deeply researched, finely nuanced, and lucidly presented."