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Prof. Hansen is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in IP Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law and EU and International Intellectual Property Law.  He also taught U.S. Constitutional Law for over 25 years.  He is the founder and director of both the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Fordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, now in its 22nd year. 

Managing Intellectual Property magazine named him in 2010 and again in 2013 as one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world.  In doing so it characterized him as an “IP provocateur” and “the ringmaster who pulls together one of the IP world’s must-attend events.”  In 2007, Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presented Prof. Hansen with an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”

After graduation from Georgetown Law School, where he was a member of the Law Journal, Prof. Hansen clerked for Judge Inzer B. Wyatt in the Southern District of New York and then Judge Murray I. Gurfein in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He was also a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine and an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the Southern District of New York.

Since joining the Law School faculty, Prof. Hansen has served numerous times as a consultant or expert witness in intellectual property litigations in U.S., Europe. He has also been the lead counsel in copyright and trademark actions and before DG Competition of the European Commission. He has also been a visiting professor at Melbourne University and a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary Research Institute in London.

Prof. Hansen speaks frequently on U.S. and international intellectual property law in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Under the auspices of the Melbourne University’s Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, Prof. Hansen gave a series of addresses on intellectual property law at universities in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.  Similarly, on a speaking tour in Japan, he addressed U.S. and international intellectual property law issues in academic, governmental and think-tank institutions in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Nagoya. 

He has also been honored with invitations to deliver a number of distinguished lectures:

Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture, University College London (to be delivered in June 2014).

Distinguished Professor Lecture, John Marshall Law School, “The Supreme Court and Intellectual Property Law: It’s Not What You Think.” 

Visiting Scholar Lecture, OHIM (EU Trade Marks & Designs Office), “The Landscape, Cultures and Policies of U.S. Trademark Law.”

Herchel Smith Public Lecture in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, “A Legal Realist Analysis of U.S. Trademark Law with Comparisons to Recent Developments in the European Union.”

30th Annual Brace Lecture, Copyright Society of the USA, “Copyright and the Culture of the Public Domain: A Critical Analysis.” 

Prof. Hansen has been quoted in the media, including The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and has appeared on news shows including ones on NBC, ABC, CNN and On the Media (NPR).

He is the author of articles on IP and antitrust law and the book New York Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 2012). He is also the editor of eleven volumes on IP law and is currently co-authoring a casebook on intellectual property law.  He recently submitted an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court copyright exhaustion case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1351 (2013).