Paul Heald

Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law


Paul Heald, the Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law, joined the Illinois faculty in 2011 after 22 years at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the youngest faculty member in the law school’s history to be named to a chaired position. He is also a fellow and associated researcher at CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. He spent much of 2018 as an Erskine Fellow in the Economics Department of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and as a Research Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa.

Heald lectures on patent, copyright and international intellectual property law around the world and has previously held visiting positions at universities in Buenos Aires, Bournemouth, London, Lyon, Regensburg, and at the University of Chicago, University of Texas, and Vanderbilt University. He also ran the UGA/OSU program at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, during the spring of 2009. He was Herbert Smith Visitor at Cambridge University in 2012.

Recent publications have focused on economic aspects of the public domain, and theoretical papers on optimal patent remedies, the role transaction costs in patent law, and the problem of patent pricing as well as empirical studies on best-selling fiction and musical compositions and the behavior of famous trademarks in product and service markets. He has also written two books on law and literature, and three novels, Death in Eden (2014), Cotton (2016) (selected as an Okra Pick by the Southern Booksellers’ Association), and Courting Death (2016).

Heald earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in comparative literature from the University of Illinois. As an undergraduate there, he fenced for two Big Ten championship teams and placed 18th in epee at the 1981 NCAA championships. He earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Chicago, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review. Heald clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, who was recently portrayed by Martin Sheen in the movie Selma.

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JD University of Chicago
BA, MA University of Illinois

Areas of Expertise

Law & Economics
International Intellectual Property Law


Comparative Analysis of Legal Practice
Copyright Law
International Business Transactions
International Intel Property
JSD Directed Readings
JSD Legal Scholarship
Law Teaching Practicum
Thesis Research

Selected Publications

Testing Tarnishment in Trademark and Copyright Law: The Effect of Pornographic Versions of Protected Marks and Works, 93 Wash. U. L. Q. ___ (2016) (with Christopher Buccafusco) 

The Valuation of Unprotected Works:  A Case Study of Public Domain Images on Wikipedia, 29 Harv. J. of L. & Tech. 1 (2015) (with Erickson & Kretschmer) 

How Copyright Keeps Works Disappeared, 11 J. EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES 829 (2014) (referred journal)

Do Bad Things Happen When Works Fall into the Public Domain?:  Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension, 28 Berkeley J. L. & Tech. 1 (2013) (with Christopher Buccafusco)

Veggie Tales:  Pernicious Myths about Patents, Innovation, and Crop Diversity in the Twentieth Century, 2012 ILL. L. REV. 1051-1102 (2012) (with Susannah Chapman)

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