Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., Ph.D.

Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law

Jacob H. Rooksby was appointed Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law in June 2018. He also holds a joint appointment as a tenured Professor of Law and Professor of Education. Prior to joining Gonzaga, Dean Rooksby was Associate Professor and Associate...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

University of Virginia, J.D., M.Ed., Ph.D.

College of William & Mary, A.B. 


Jacob H. Rooksby was appointed Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law in June 2018. He also holds a joint appointment as a tenured Professor of Law and Professor of Education. Prior to joining Gonzaga, Dean Rooksby was Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Duquesne University School of Law, where he taught Torts I and Torts II, among other courses. While on the faculty at Duquesne, Dean Rooksby was Of Counsel to the intellectual property (IP) practice group at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in Pittsburgh and served as an expert witness in IP litigation.

Dean Rooksby’s scholarship lies in two fields: IP law and higher education law. He published a book with Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016, The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters. He also is co-author of the 6th edition of The Law of Higher Education, the leading treatise in the field.

Upon earning his J.D. from the University of Virginia, Dean Rooksby joined McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia, practicing in the firm’s IP litigation group and as a member of its higher education practice team. In addition to his law degree, he also holds M.Ed. (Social Foundations of Education) and Ph.D. (Higher Education) degrees from the University of Virginia. Dean Rooksby earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Hispanic Studies and Government from the College of William & Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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Book

The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters (Johns Hopkins University Press 2016).

Book Chapters

“Protecting University Patents While Pursuing the Public Good,” in Concise Guide to Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation 144 (David B. Audretsch, Christopher S. Hayter & Albert N. Link, eds., Edward Elgar Pub. 2015).

“Learning to Litigate: University Patents in the Knowledge Economy,” in Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization 74 (Brendan Cantwell & Ilkka Kauppinen, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press 2014) (with Brian Pusser).

“University Patent Enforcement,” in The Technology Transfer Law Handbook 157 (Elizabeth Rodriguez & Sean Solberg. eds., Edward Elgar Pub. 2014)

Book Review

Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture, by Mark William Roche, Teachers College Record (2017) (book review).

Articles

“A Fresh Look at Copyright on Campus,” 81 Missouri Law Review 3 (2016).

“Trademark Trends and Brand Activity in Higher Education,” 40(1) The Review of Higher Education 33-61 (2016) (with Christopher S. Collins). 

“A Legal Perspective on University Technology Transfer,” 41(2) The Journal of Technology Transfer 270-289 (2016) (with Christopher S. Hayter).

“Intellectual Property and the University:  An Introduction,” 54 Duquesne Law Review 1 (2016).

“Copyright in Higher Education: A Review of Modern Scholarship,” 54 Duquesne Law Review 1 (2015).

“Defining Domain: Higher Education's Battles for Cyberspace,” 80(3) Brooklyn Law Review 857 (2015).

“UniversityTM: Trademark Rights Accretion in Higher Education,” 27 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 349 (2014).

“Innovation and Litigation: Tensions Between Universities and Patents and How to Fix Them,” 15 Yale Journal of Law & Technology 312 (2013).

“Myriad Choices: University Patents Under the Sun,” 42(2) Journal of Law & Education 313 (2013).

“When Tigers Bare Teeth: A Qualitative Study of University Patent Enforcement,” 46 Akron Law Review 169 (2013).

“When Your Institution Sues for Patent Infringement,” Trusteeship, July/Aug. 2012 at 7.

“Sue U.,” Academe 2012 at 24.

“University Initiation of Patent Infringement Litigation,” 10(4) John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 623 (2011).