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Salvatore Gianino

Assistant Professor of Practice; Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic

As the Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at WashULaw, Professor Gianino teaches a clinic seminar and supervises clinic students in providing legal services to the community on a pro bono basis in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity.

Professor Gianino also teaches a course entitled Foundations of Intellectual Property, which covers the philosophical and legal foundations of intellectual property in America.  The course compares various philosophers in terms of their theories on property, and the course examines the early development of intellectual property law in America, focusing on the historical context surrounding Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution.

Additionally, in the law school’s graduate degree programs, Professor Gianino previously taught a legal writing course and currently teaches a course entitled Survey of Intellectual Property. The survey course examines legal requirements for obtaining and enforcing a patent, a copyright, a trade secret, and a trademark, with an emphasis on teaching students how to distinguish different types intellectual property from one another.

Professor Gianino’s research interests are in the history of intellectual property.  His research is currently focused on the historical treatment of intellectual property in eighteenth-century America, particularly during the era of the American Revolution.

Prior to joining WashULaw, Professor Gianino practiced law with Armstrong Teasdale LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Services Group.  He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in patent cases, and he has served as chair of the Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington University (2007)
    • B.S., University of Missouri (Industrial Engineering) (2004)
  • Courses
    • Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic
    • Foundations of Intellectual Property
    • Legal Writing
    • Survey of Intellectual Property
  • Areas of Expertise
    • Copyright
    • Patent
    • Right of Publicity
    • Trademark
    • Trade Secret
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