Boston University School of Law

April 25, 2008


Intellectual Property attorney Michael Gollin (’84) authors new book

Michael Gollin (’84), partner and patent attorney for Venable L.L.P in Washington, D.C., has written a new book titled Driving Innovation: Intellectual Property Strategies for a Dynamic World. The book, which discusses both the basics of intellectual property law and its impact on a global scale, is being published by Cambridge University Press and will be released in March 2008.

About Driving Innovation: Intellectual Property Strategies for a Dynamic World, Cambridge University Press writes:

“Driving Innovation reveals the dynamics of intellectual property (IP) as it drives the innovation cycle and shapes global society. The book presents fundamental IP concepts and practical legal and business strategies that apply to all innovation communities, including industry, non-profit institutions, and developing countries. Further, it draws on the author's broad experience, news headlines, and precedent-setting lawsuits relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets - from biotechnology to the open source movement. General readers and students will welcome the lively overview of this complex topic, while executives and practitioners can gain new insights and valuable approaches for putting ideas to work and navigating within or changing the global IP system to expand innovation.”

As a patent attorney, Gollin prosecutes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases, and provides strategic IP counseling. In the past, his clients have included: Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of California and the J. Craig Venter Institute. In addition to serving big name clients, Gollin initiated Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) in 2002, an organization that provides pro bono services to clients in developing countries.

Before Driving Innovation, Gollin’s commentary on IP matters had been featured in National Public Radio, Time Magazine, Guardian Weekly, Legal Times, Fox News Channel and Bloomberg News. He has also co-authored two books: Biodiversity Prospecting and Innovations in Groundwater and Soil Cleanup: From Concept to Commercialization.

Currently, Gollin teaches courses in strategic management of intellectual property at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

He earned his J.D. from BU Law in 1984, where he was a Tauro Scholar, Liacos Scholar, and a Faculty Award winner.

Reported by Lauren Shiraka