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Consulting Professor of Law, Stanford University




Science, Innovation, & The Law: Protecting Ideas & Entrepreneurship

How are ideas and innovation protected, particularly with new technology that pushes past the frontiers of science ("moon shots"), and new ideas like Uber, Twitter, etc. 


William F. Abrams, the managing partner of Steptoe’s Palo Alto office, is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who Chambers USA calls a “wizard of the patent bar” and a “courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.”  He was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Magazine and a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 75 IP Lawyer by The Daily Journal.

Mr. Abrams is a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on intellectual property, policy, civil rights, children’s legal issues and the death penalty.  He was honored as the 2009 commencement speaker for the Program in Human Biology and received the 2004 Human Biology “Excellence in Advising” award.  Mr. Abrams founded the Abrams Fellowship at the Haas Center for Public Interest, a program that awards fellowships for undergraduates to work in public interest law, and the Abrams Family Fellowship for students to take gap years to undertake service projects.  He is also a faculty adviser to the Stanford Students with Disabilities.

8:00 PM @ Lightning Tavern