Dennis D. Crouch

Dennis D. Crouch
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Co-Director for the Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor

BSE cum laude (1997), Princeton University
JD cum laude (2003), University of Chicago Law School

Professor Crouch is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to joining the MU Law Faculty, he was a patent attorney at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago, Illinois, and taught at Boston University Law School. He has worked on cases involving various technologies including computer memory and hardware, circuit design, software, networking, mobile and internet telephony, automotive technologies, lens design, bearings, HVAC systems, and business methods. He is also the editor of the popular patent law weblog: Patently-O .

Professor Crouch received his BSE in mechanical engineering cum laude from Princeton University, where he also earned a certificate in engineering management systems. He then earned his JD cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School. While at the University of Chicago, he was a Microsoft, Merck, & Pfizer scholar and a member of the Olin program in law and economics.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Crouch worked as a technical consultant for manufacturing firms in New England, as a research fellow at NASA's Glenn Research Center, as a software developer at the Mayo Clinic's department of biomedical imaging, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Dennis Crouch grew up on a farm near Pittsburg, Kansas.

Recent Publications

Academic Journals

A Trademark Justification for Design Patent Rights, __ HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY __ (forthcoming 2013).
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Additional Publications

Standard for Awarding Attorney Fees under 35 U.S.C. Section 285 to Prevailing Parties in Patent Litigation - Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Systems, 41 PREVIEW OF UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CASES 226 (2014).
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Seed Patents, Patent Exhaustion, and Third Parties - Bowman v. Monsanto Co., Docket No. 11-796, 40 PREVIEW OF UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CASES 225 (2013).
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Working Papers

Understanding the Role of the Board of Patent Appeals: Ex Parte Rejection Rates on Appeal, University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-16 (2009).
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Complete Listing of Publications