Sean O'Connor

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Boeing International Professor of Law
Professor of Law

(206) 543-7491

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Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Patricia Kuszler, Kathryn Battuello & Sean O'Connor, Genetic Technologies and the Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2007). 1007 pages.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Sean M. O'Connor, Patented Electric Guitar Pick-Ups and the Creation of Modern Music Genres, 23 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1007-44 (2016).


Sean M. O'Connor, The Overlooked French Influence on the Intellectual Property Clause, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. 733-830 (2015).

Sean M. O'Connor, Creators, Innovators, and Appropriation Mechanisms, 22 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 973-1000 (2015).

Sean M. O'Connor, The Lost "Art" of the Patent System, 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1397-1478 (2015).

Sean M. O'Connor, Crowdfunding's Impact on Start-Up IP Strategy, 21 Geo Mason L. Rev. 895-918 (2014).

Sean M. O'Connor, The Real Issue Behind Stanford v. Roche: Faulty Conceptions of University Assignment Policies Stemming from the 1947 Biddle Report, 19 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 379-422 (2013).

Ted Sichelman & Sean O'Connor, Patents as Promoters of Competition: The Guild Origins of Patent Law in the Venetian Republic, 49 San Diego L. Rev. 1267-82 (2012).

Sean M. O'Connor, Taking, Tort, or Crown Right? The Confused Early History of Government Patent Policy, 12 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 145-204 (2012).

Sean M. O'Connor, Hired to Invent vs. Works Made for Hire: Resolving the Inconsistency Among Rights of Corporate Personhood, Authorship, and Inventorship, 35 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1227-46 (2012).

Sean O'Connor, The Aftermath of Stanford v. Roche: Which Law of Assignments Governs?, 24 Intell. Prop. J. 29-40 (2011).

Sean M. O'Connor, Defusing the "Atomic Bomb" of Patent Litigation: Avoiding and Defending Against Allegations of Inequitable Conduct after McKesson et al., 9 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 330-97 (2009).

Sean O'Connor, Teaching IP from an Entrepreneurial Counseling and Transactional Perspective, 51 St. Louis U. L.J. 877-90 (2008).

Sean M. O'Connor, Using Stock and Stock Options to Minimize Patent Royalty Payment Risks after MedImmune v. Genentech, 3 N.Y.U. J.L. & Bus. 381-472 (2007).

Sean O'Connor, The Use of MTAs to Control Commercialization of Stem Cell Diagnostics and Therapeutics, 21 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1017-54 (2006).

Sean M. O'Connor, Strengthening Auditor Independence: Reestablishing Audits as Control and Premium Signaling Mechanisms, 81 Wash. L. Rev. 525-93 (2006).

Sean M. O'Connor, Intellectual Property Rights and Stem Cell Research: Who Owns the Medical Breakthroughs?, 39 New Eng. L. Rev. 665-714 (2005).

Sean M. O'Connor, Be Careful What You Wish For: How Accountants and Congress Created the Problem of Auditor Independence, 45 B.C. L. Rev. 741-827 (2004).

Sean O'Connor, The De Minimus Exemption of Stored Value Cards from Regulation E: An Invitation to Fraud? 5 Rich. J. L. & Tech. 6 (1998).

Sean O'Connor, The Supreme Court's Philosophy of Science: Will the Real Karl Popper Please Stand Up? 35 Jurimetrics J. 263-76 (1995).

Book Chapters

Sean O'Connor, Transforming Professional Services to Build Regional Innovation Ecosystems, in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law 48-62 (Megan M. Carpenter ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2012).

Sean O'Connor, The Central Role of Law as a Meta Method in Creativity and Entrepreneurship, in Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship 87-108 (Shubha Ghosh & Robin Paul Malloy eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2011).

Sean O'Connor, Controlling the Means of Innovation: The Centrality of Private Ordering Arrangements for Innovators and Entrepreneurs, in Handbook on Law, Innovation and Growth 274-99 (Robert Litan ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2011).

Sean M. O'Connor, Navigating the Issues of Multidisciplinary Student Teams Serving University Spin-offs, in Spanning Boundaries and Disciplines: University Technology Commercialization in the Idea Age 183-205 (Gary Libecap et al. eds., Emerald Books 2010) (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Growth Vol. 21).

Sean O'Connor, U.S. Perspective on IP and Antitrust Issues in Proposed Biosimilars Regulatory Pathway, in Les Pratiques de l'Industrie Pharmaceutique au Regard du Droit de la Concurrence 129-49 (Clotilde Jourdain-Fortier & Isabelle Moine-Dupuis eds., LexisNexis Litec 2010).

Sean M. O'Connor, IP Transactions as Facilitators of the Globalized Innovation Economy, in Working within the Boundaries of Intellectual Property: Innovation Policy for the Knowledge Society 203-28 (Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Harry First & Diane L. Zimmerman eds., Oxford University Press 2010).

Sean O'Connor, Enabling Research or Unfair Competition? De Jure and De Facto Research Use Exceptions in Major Technology Countries, in Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research 519-56 (Toshiko Takenaka ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2008).

Sean O'Connor, La Legislación Como Impulsora de las Innovaciones Tecnológicas y su Comercialización, in Propiedad industrial certidumbre juridica y competitividad 43-68 (Jorge Aguirre Hernaìndez & Roberto Garza-Leonard eds., Fondo Editorial Nuevo León 2005).

Professional Publications

James E. McEwan, Sean M. O'Connor, John E. McCarthy Jr. & Susan Warshaw Ebner, The Impact of Stanford v. Roche on Technology Licensing Under Bayh-Dole, Procurement Law., Winter 2012, at 5-16.

Sean M. O'Connor, Practical Implications of Stanford v. Roche for Ownership of University Inventions, Biotech Briefing (ABA Section of Sci. & Tech. Law), Fall 2011, at 4-7.

Sean M. O'Connor, Historical Context of U.S. Bayh-Dole Act: Implications for Indian Government Funded Research Patent Policy, Soc'y Tech. Mgmt. Newsl., July 2008, at 2-4.

Sean O'Connor, Summary: Merck KGaA v. Integra Lifesciences I, Ltd., CASRIP Newsl., Spring-Summer 2005, available at

Sean O'Connor, Biometrics and Identification after 9/11, 7 Bender's Immigr. Bull.159 (2002).

Sean O'Connor, Collected, Tagged, & Archived: The Burgeoning Use of Biometrics in Personal Identification, 3 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 1245 (1998).


Sean O'Connor & Sam Méndez, Concerning Cannabis-Infused Edibles: Factors That Attract Children to Foods (2016). 16 pages & appendix.

Sean O'Connor, Gregory D. Graff & David E. Winickoff, Legal Context of University Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (National Research Council 2010). 115 pages.

Sean O'Connor, How to Build IPR-Focused Entrepreneurial Law and Business Clinics to Assist Regional Economic Development Around the Globe (International Intellectual Property Institute 2008). 77 pages.

Sean M. O'Connor, Entrepreneurial Law and Business Clinic: Challenges at Next Generation Legal Clinic at the University of Washington to Assist Regional Economic Development Around the Globe Through Technology Transfer (International Intellectual Property Institute 2007). 157 pages

Sean O'Connor, Smart Cards: The Final Step Towards a National Identification Card? (Research report for Brown & Bain Fellowship in Law & High Technology at Stanford Law School) 1996.


Sean M. O'Connor, Ownership Battles and Science Funding, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Apr. 12, 2005, at B7.

Works in Progress

Sean M. O'Connor, Speech, Authorship, and Inventorship: A New Approach to Corporate Personhood (University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-03).


Sean M. O'Connor, Origins of Patent Exhaustion in Jacksonian Politics, Patent Farming, and the Basis of the Bargain, PatentlyO (Mar. 9, 2017).

Sean O'Connor, Regressus and the Scientific Revolution: A Defense of Zabarella's Contribution to Scientific Methodology (M.A. Thesis, 1995; filed with Arizona State University Library).

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