Professor Gianino’s area of expertise is intellectual property.
As the Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at WashULaw, he teaches a clinic seminar and supervises law 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, with particular focus on the historical context surrounding Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution.
In the law school’s graduate degree programs, Professor Gianino currently teaches a course entitled Survey of Intellectual Property, which surveys the legal regimes of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret. He has also taught a graduate-level course on legal writing in prior terms.
Professor Gianino’s research interests are generally related to the history of intellectual property. His research is currently focused on the historical treatment of intellectual property in America during the period from America’s colonization through the industrial revolution, with attention also being paid to the ways in which intellectual property affected American industry during that period.
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.