Faculty Experts - Michael Risch

Michael Risch

Michael Risch

Professor of Law
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Other Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trade Secret, Trademark, etc.)
  • Internet Law


Professor Risch is a go-to expert on intellectual property, patents and internet law. He has commented extensively on the Apple v Samsung and Google v Oracle court cases. He can also discuss topics pertaining to social media and internet law. Risch blogs regularly at Written Description http://writtendescription.blogspot.com


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • A.B., Stanford University

Selected Professional Experience

  • Partner, Russo & Hale, LLP, Palo Alto, CA
  • Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law

Selected Publications

  • Hidden in Plain Sight, Berkeley Tech. L.J. (forthcoming 2017)
  • The Layered Patent System, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1535 (2016)
  • Patent Portfolios as Securities, 63 Duke L.J 89 (2013)
  • Life After Bilski, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 1315 (2011)

Selected Research

  • Professor Risch has published extensively on patentable subject matter. Two of his articles, Life After Bilski and Everything is Patentable have been cited by the Supreme Court.
  • A three part longitudinal study of patent litigation resulted in three highly cited articles: Patent Troll Myths, A Generation of Patent Litigation, and The Layered Patent System.
  • Current empirical research about patent venue has been cited in briefing before the Supreme Court: Where Would Patentees Sue if they Couldn’t Sue in Texas?

About Villanova

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