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Hugh Hansen

FLS Faculty Hugh Hansen 240x240 SM

Professor of Law; Director, Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute

Telephone: 212-636-6854
Email: [email protected]
Office: Room 7-120

Faculty Assistant: Emma Mercer
Email: [email protected]

Research and Teaching Areas

Copyrights; Trademarks; Intellectual Property


Prof. Hansen has taught intellectual property law for many years.  His focus is on a legal realist understanding of how courts, agencies, congress and the private sector interact with IP law and each other.  In the same vein, he founded and directs the Fordham Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy now in its 25th year, and the Fordham IP Institute.  The Director General of the WIPO called the Fordham IP Conference "the Davos of the IP world."

After graduation, Prof. Hansen clerked for federal judges in the SDNY and Second Circuit.  He was in practice as an AUSA in the criminal division of the SDNY U.S. Attorney's Office and as a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine Palmer & Wood.

Professor Hansen has written one IP book and edited many others.  He speaks frequently here and abroad.  The State Department sponsored a speaking tour for Prof. Hansen in Japan and Melbourne University did the same for Australia.

In intellectual property law matters, Professor Hansen has been a lead counsel, consultant and expert witness in the U.S., UK, German and Polish courts.  He has also represented clients in matters before DG Competition of the European Commission.

Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named Prof. Hansen one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world multiple times. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit per Chief Judge Michel gave him an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Inzer B. Wyatt, U.S. District Judge, SDNY;
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Murray I. Gurfein, U.S. Circuit Judge, 2nd Cir.;
  • Associate, Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood;
  • Asst. U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, SDNY


  • Rutgers, AB
  • Georgetown, JD
  • Yale, LLM