Craig A. Nard, JD, LLM, SJD

Galen J. Roush Professor of Law
School of Law
Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
School of Law

Craig A. Nard is the Galen J. Roush Professor of Law and the Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts. He is also a Visiting Professor at Bocconi University School of Law in Milan, Italy, and a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy at the University of Torino, Italy.

Nard practiced intellectual property law in Dallas, Texas, prior to becoming the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia University School of Law. After his fellowship, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable Helen W. Nies, and then the Honorable Giles S. Rich. Nard has published in various law reviews, including the Northwestern Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Review of Law & Economics, Supreme Court Economic Review, Tennessee Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and the Wake Forest Law Review. He is also the author of the patent law casebook, The Law of Patents (Aspen Publishing - 6d ed. 2022), and The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen Publishing - 5th ed. (2019) (with Madison and McKenna).

In 2014–15, Nard was voted “Professor of the Year” by the First-Year law school class. This award is given to those professors who best contributed to the first-year law school learning experience. In 2018, he was awarded the “Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award,” which recognizes faculty “whose commitment to education and the pursuit of knowledge enriched the personal and professional lives of students.”

Nard served as a member of the Northern District of California Advisory Committee on Model Patent Jury Instructions appointed by the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the Northern District of California. He is licensed to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Texas bar.

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Doctor of Juridical Science
Columbia University
Juris Doctor
Capital University
Master of Laws
Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts
Washington & Jefferson University