James E. Daily

Lecturer in Law


J.D. 2008, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. 2007, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. 2004, Hendrix College

Phone / Email

Phone:  (314) 935-3217
Email:  jedaily@wustl.edu 


Seigle Hall, Room 212B

Courses Taught

Technology and Legal Practice


As a Lecturer in Law, James Daily teaches Technology and Legal Practice, an experiential learning course covering essential and emerging legal technologies. At the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, Daily assists numerous law school and political science faculty with a variety of empirical research projects, including the Supreme Court Database. His scholarship focuses primarily on patent law, with a side-line in examining the legal lives of comic book characters. Prior to joining the Washington University faculty, Daily worked at the Stanford University Hoover Institution Project on Commercializing Innovation.


  • Embracing New (and Old) Ideas, 53 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 157 (2017)
  • An Empirical Analysis of Some Proponents and Opponents of Patent Reform, 2016 Patently-O Pat. L. Rev. 1 [View
  • Benefits of Patent Jury Trials for Commercializing Innovation, 21 Geo. Mason L. Rev. (2014), co-author with F. Scott Kieff [View
  • IP and the Comic Book Superhero, 6 Landslide 22 (March/April 2014), co-author with Janet Fries and Brad Desnoyer [View
  • Anything Under the Sun Made by Humans: Patent Law Doctrines as Endogenous Institutions for Commercializing Innovation, 62 Emory L.J. 967 (2013), co-author with F. Scott Kieff [View


  • Perspectives on Patentable Subject Matter (2014), co-editor with F. Scott Kieff and Michael Abramowicz
  • Perspectives on Financing Innovation (2014), co-editor with F. Scott Kieff and Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.
  • The Law of Superheroes (2012), co-author with Ryan Davidson


  • Admitted to practice in Missouri and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Creator and author of the blog Law and the Multiverse