Jay P. Kesan, Ph. D.
Jay Kesan's academic interests are focused in the area of patent law, cyberlaw, and law and technology. He has written extensively in the areas of patent law and patent institutions, law and the regulation of cyberspace, and law and economics. At the University of Illinois, Kesan holds positions in the College of Law, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. He is a registered patent attorney and has practiced at the former law firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP in the areas of patent litigation and patent prosecution. He continues to be professionally active in the area of patent litigation, and he has served as a special master in patent litigations.
He received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University, where he received several awards, including Order of the Coif, and he served as associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Kesan also has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for several years as a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. He also has published numerous scientific papers and holds several patents in the United States and abroad.