Boston University School of Law

Maureen A. O'Rourke

Education

Yale Law School New Haven, CT
Juris Doctor, 5/90
Honors in all courses

Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
BS ‑ Accounting, 5/85
BS ‑ Computer Science, 5/85
Honors: 4.0 GPA; Valedictorian; summa cum laude; Alpha Chi Honor Society; General Academic Excellence Award; Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

Experience

Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
Dean (5/06-present)
Dean ad interim (7/04-5/06)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (8/03-6/04)
Associate Dean for Administration (1/01-7/03)
Michaels Faculty Research Scholar (1999-Present)
Professor of Law (9/98-Present)
Associate Professor (8/93-8/98)

Courses: Intellectual Property; a variety of courses in Commercial Law including Commercial Code, Sales and Secured Transactions, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and The Commercial Law of Intellectual Property; Computers and The Law

Other Teaching
La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Visiting Professor of Law (7/02)
Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY
Visiting Professor of Law (9/99-12/99)
University of Victoria Law School, Victoria, BC
Visiting Professor of Law (7/99)

Scholarship: Researching and writing on the intersection of intellectual property law and other areas of law including contract, with a concentration on issues associated with software licensing

University Service: Chair, School of Theology Dean Search Committee (2007-08)
Member, School of Management Dean Search Committee (2009-10)
Member, Committee on Curriculum and Degrees (2007-08)
Member, Metcalf Committee (2000-01)

Honors: Recipient of a Metcalf Award (a University-wide teaching award) and a Dean’s Award for Service

IBM Corporation Poughkeepsie/Somers, NY
Attorney (8/90-7/93)
Associate Accounting Analyst (9/85-8/90)

Responsibilities: Negotiated and wrote equity investment, joint venture, software licensing, consulting and other contracts; researched precedent in order to structure such agreements to comply with antitrust, commercial and other applicable laws; produced documents related to such transactions for government filings; reviewed and approved product plans, announcements, pricing structure and strategy for compliance with antitrust and other applicable laws; performed various assignments in accounting

Honors: Recipient of a Division Award for service excellence and a Manager's Appreciation Award

Professional Associations

  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Section on the Law School Dean (2009), Co-Chair (2010)
  • Council Member, Boston Bar Association (2008-11)
  • Chair, AALS Special Committee on Access to Databases (2008)
  • Member, American Bar Association Accreditation Team (visiting Duke University Law School) (2007)
  • Associate Reporter, American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Principles of the Law of Software Contracts Project (2004-09)
  • Chair, AALS Section on Computers and the Law (2000)
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Editorial Board, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society
  • Member, Marist College Pre-Law Advisory Board
  • Member, New York State bar

Publications and Presentations of Scholarly Work

Publications

2013 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 3d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2013). 

"ALI Principles of the Law of Software Contracts: Some Proposals for a Global Software Licensing Policy," with Robert A. Hillman, in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Licensing 54, Jacques de Werra, ed., Edward Elgar (2013). 

2012 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 3d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2012). 

2011 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 3d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2011). 

"Defending Disclosure in Software Licensing," with Robert A. Hillman, 78 University of Chicago Law Review 95 (2011). 
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2010 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 3d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2010). 

Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 3d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2010). 

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, with Robert A. Hillman, American Law Institute (2010). 

"Principles of the Law of Software Contracts," with Robert A. Hillman, 53:9 Communications of the ACM 26 (Sep. 2010). 

"Principles of the Law of Software Contracts: Some Highlights," with Robert A. Hillman, 84 Tulane Law Review 1519 (2010). 
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2009 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 2d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2009). 

"Challenges and Opportunities for New Lawyers," with David Nersessian, 53 Boston Bar Journal 18 (2009). 
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Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, with Robert Hillman, Proposed Final Draft, American Law Institute (2009). 

"Rethinking Consideration in the Electronic Age," with Robert A. Hillman, 61 Hastings Law Journal 311 (2009-10). 
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2008 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 2d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2008). 

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, with Robert Hillman, Tentative Draft No.1, American Law Institute (2008). 

2007 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 2d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2007). 

2006 Statutory and Case Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 2d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2006). 

"Being Yourself While Keeping Up with Everyone Else," in Law School Leadership Strategies: Top Deans on Benchmarking Success, Incorporating Feedback from Faculty and Students, and Building the Endowment 117, Aspatore Books (2006). 

Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, 2d ed., Aspen Law & Business (2006). 

"An Essay on the Challenges of Drafting a Uniform Law of Software Contracting," 10 Lewis and Clark Law Review 925 (2006). 
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"The Story of Diamond v. Diehr: Toward Patenting Software," in Intellectual Property Stories 194, J. C. Ginsburg & R. C. Cooper, eds., Foundation Press (2006). 

2005 Case and Statutory Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, Aspen Law & Business (2005). 

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, with Robert Hillman, Discussion Draft No.2, American Law Institute (2005). Presented at the American Law Institute Advisors' and Consultative Group Meetings (Sep. 2005); Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley (Sep. 2005); New York University Law School (Mar. 2006). 

2004 Case and Statutory Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, Aspen Law & Business (2004). 

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts, with Robert Hillman, Discussion Draft No.1, American Law Institute (2004). Presented at the American Law Institute Advisors' Meeting (Oct. 2004); the University of Michigan Law School (Dec. 2004); Georgetown University Law Center (Apr. 2005); Association of American Law Schools' Conference on Commercial Law at the Crossroads (June 2005). 

2003 Statutory Supplement to Copyright in a Global Information Economy, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, Aspen Law & Business (2003). 

"Bargaining in the Shadow of Copyright Law after Tasini," in Symposium, Copyright in the Digital Age: Reflections on Tasini and Beyond, 53 Case Western Reserve Law Review 605 (2003). Conference sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Center for Law, Technology & The Arts (Nov. 2002). 
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"A Brief History of Author-Publisher Relations and the Outlook for the 21st Century," 50 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 425 (2003). 
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"An Incentives Approach to Patent Settlements: A Commentary on Hovenkamp, Janis & Lemley," with Joseph F. Brodley, in Symposium, The Interface Between Intellectual Property Law and Antitrust Law, 87 Minnesota Law Review 1767 (2003). Conference sponsored by University of Minnesota School of Law (Feb. 2003). 
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"Common Law and Statutory Restrictions on Access: Contract, Trespass, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," in Symposium Chicago International IP Conference, 2002 University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy 295 (2002). Conference sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law, University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and St. Peter's College, Oxford (Oct. 2002). 
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Copyright in a Global Information Economy and Statutory Supplement, with J. Cohen, L. Loren & R. Okediji, Aspen Law & Business (2002). 

"Patent Settlement Agreements: Preliminary Views," with Joseph F. Brodley, 16 Antitrust 53 (2002). 
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"Bankruptcy Law v. Privacy Rights: Which Holds the Trump Card?" with Walter W. Miller, Jr., in Symposium 2001 Santa Fe Conference, 38 Houston Law Review 777 (2001). Conference sponsored by University of Houston's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (May 2001). 
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"Property Rights and Competition on the Internet: In Search of an Appropriate Analogy," in Symposium, Beyond Microsoft, 16 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 561 (2001). Conference sponsored by Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (Mar. 2001). 
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"Virtual Trespass: An Apt Analogy or a Square Peg in a Round Hole?" in Symposium, E-Commerce, Communications of the ACM at 98 (2001). Panel sponsored by Boston Bar Association Banking and Financial Services Seminar (Oct. 2000). 

"What the Future Holds: Policy Choices in a Global Marketplace," in Symposium, Information and Electronic Commerce Law, Comparative Perspectives, 7 Roger Williams Law Review 151 (2001). Conference sponsored by Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law (Apr. 2001). 
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"Evaluating Mistakes in Intellectual Property Law: Configuring the System to Account for Imperfection," in Symposium, Keeping Pace with Change: Intellectual Property in the New Millenium, 4 Journal of Small & Emerging Business Law 167 (2000). Symposium sponsored by Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon (Oct. 1999). 
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"Shaping Competition on the Internet: Who Owns Product and Pricing Information," in Symposium, Taking Stock: The Law and Economics of Intellectual Property Rights, 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 1965 (2000). Conference sponsored by Vanderbilt University Law School (Apr. 2000). 
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"Toward a Doctrine of Fair Use in Patent Law," in Symposium, 100 Columbia Law Review 1177 (2000). Faculty workshops at Columbia University School of Law (Dec. 1999) and Northwestern University School of Law (Jan. 2000), the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy of New York University School of Law (Feb. 2000), and in a seminar on Intellectual Property in the New Millennium, Oxford University (Mar. 2000). 
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"Progressing Towards a Uniform Commercial Code for Electronic Commerce or Racing Toward Nonuniformity?" in Symposium on The Legal and Policy Framework for Global Electronic Commerce: A Progress Report, 14 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 635 (1999). Symposium sponsored by Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, (Spring 1999). 
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"Defining the Limits of Free-Riding in Cyberspace: Trademark Liability for Metatagging," 33 Gonzaga Law Review 277 (1998). 
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"Fencing Cyberspace: Drawing Borders in a Virtual World," 82 Minnesota Law Review 609 (1998). 
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"Rethinking Remedies at the Intersection of Intellectual Property and Contract: Toward a Unified Body of Law," 82 Iowa Law Review 1137 (1998). 
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"Reversing ProCD: H.R. 3048 and Copyright Preemption of Shrinkwrap License Terms," 1 Modern Trends in Intellectual Property 3 (1998). 

"Striking a Delicate Balance: Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Contract and Standardization in the Computer Industry," 12 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 1 (1998). 
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"Copyright Preemption After the ProCD Case: A Market-Based Approach," in Symposium, 12 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 53 (1997). Presented at annual meeting of the American Law & Economics Association in Toronto, Canada (May 1997). 
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"Legislative Inaction on the Information Superhighway: Bargaining in the Shadow of Copyright Law," 3 Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law 8 (1997). [Column] 
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"Protecting Software and Information on the Internet," with R. Cass, S. Bauer & P. Samuelson, in Symposium on Internet Law, 3 Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law 38 (1997). 
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"A False Start?: The Impact of Federal Policy on the Genotechnology Industry," with Michael Malinowski, in Symposium, 13 Yale Journal on Regulation 163 (1996). Presented at the annual Law & Society Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland (July 1996) and at a faculty workshop at Boston University School of Law (Oct. 1995). 
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"The Law in Cyberspace: Challenges and Opportunities for Lawyers of Today and Tomorrow," 1996 Careers and the Minority Lawyer 22 (1996). 

"Copyright Liability of Bulletin Board Operators for Infringement by Subscribers," 1 Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law 6 (1995). [Column] 
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"Drawing the Boundary Between Copyright and Contract: Copyright Preemption of Software License Terms," in Symposium, 45 Duke Law Journal 479 (1995). Presented at the annual Law & Society Meeting in Toronto, Canada (May 1995), and reprinted in 29 Intellectual Property Law Review 389 (1997). 
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"Proprietary Rights in Digital Data," 41 Federal Bar News & Journal 511 (1994). 
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Works in Progress

An Economic Model of Preemption (with Michael Meurer)

Selected Speeches and Participation on Scholarly Panels

Junior Intellectual Property Scholars' Conference, Michigan State University Law School, April 2010 (senior peer reviewer)

Faculty Member, ALI-ABA’s The New Uniform Commercial Code course, June 2007

Intellectual Property Distinguished Visitor, Lewis & Clark Law School, March 2006 (a series of lectures to students, faculty, and the practicing bar)

Member, Research Exemption Working Group, American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 2004

Panelist, Art & Work:  Copyright, Contracts and Work-For-Hire, National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage Copyright Town Meeting -  Copyright for Artists and their Public:  Artists’ Rights and Art’s Rights, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, April 2003

Moderator, Panel on The Future of Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Era, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Symposium, Cambridge, MA, March 2003

Panelist, American Society of Business Periodical Editors Panel on Freelance Creators, Boston, MA, February 2003

Panelist, Private Ordering, Workshop on the Internet and The Law – A Program for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, November 2002

Keynote Address, Policy Choices in a Global Economic Environment, Internet and E-Commerce Law Conference 2002, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Boston, MA, November 2002

Moderator, Panels on (i) Controlling Frivolous and Anti-Competitive Intellectual Property Litigation and (ii) An Exclusive Right to Evoke, Conference on Intellectual Property, E-Commerce and the Internet, Boston College, October 2002

Testified before the joint Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy, 2002

Moderator, Panel on Valuing Intellectual Property:  Deal Making & Revenue, Spring Forum on Intellectual Property Law, Boston, April 2002

Panelist and Moderator, Panel on Intellectual Property and New Technologies, A Summit Meeting on Law, Information Technology and Society, Carnegie Mellon University, February 2002

Panelist, Silicon Flatirons Telecommunication Program, University of Colorado, January 2002

Speaker on Intellectual Property in the 21st Century, Law Librarians of New England Meeting, Boston, October 2001

Speaker, 39th Annual Congress of the International Association of Young Lawyers, Panel on Cut-Throat Competition or Abuse of Dominant Position:  Challenges to the Conduct of Firms in a Technological Era, Montreal, Canada, August 2001

Moderator, Panel on the Open Source Movement, Conference on Bioinformatics and the Law, Boston University, April 2001

Panelist, Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 2001

Panelist, E-Commerce, New England Legal Foundation CEO Forum, December 2000

Panelist, Who Owns What and Why?:  How Intellectual Property Rules Shape Market Dynamics and Business Strategies, The E-Business Transformation:  Sector Developments and Policy Implications, U.S. Department of Commerce, September 2000

Moderator, Panel on Trust and the Internet, Trust Relationships Conference, Boston University School of Law, September 2000

Keynote Speaker, Eleventh Annual Workshop of the New Zealand Competition Law & Policy Institute, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2000

Panelist, Antitrust and the Internet, Harvard University Conference on Internet & Society, May 1998

Panelist, Digital Content Conference - Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Shadow Judge, MIT Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy Plenary Session:  Before the Court:  Can the U.S. Government Criminalize Unauthorized Encryption?, 1996

Panelist, Protecting Software and Information on the Internet, Boston University School of Law Symposium, 1996

Panelist, Conference on Copyright Issues and the National Information Infrastructure, Rutgers School of Law, 1996

Publications Refereed

One Size Does Not Fit All: Legal Protection for Non-Copyrightable Data, Communications of the ACM, June 2007