F. Scott Kieff

Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor

School of Law

George Washington University

2000 H St., NW
Washington, DC  20052

(202) 994-4644


Website: George Washington University faculty profile

Issues: Competition Policy and Antitrust, Patents, Innovation and Economic Growth and Intellectual Property

About F. Scott Kieff

F. Scott Kieff joined the faculty at the George Washington University Law School in the summer of 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012.

In October 2013, Professor Kieff was appointed as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He will be on a leave of absence from George Washington University until his Commission term ends in 2020.

Prior to starting at the USITC, he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution,where he directed the Project on Commercializing Innovation. Kieff also served on Hoover’s Property Rights Task Force and as a faculty member in the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute. He has also been a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, as well as a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard and a former research fellow and national fellow at Hoover.

Having practiced law for more than six years as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York and Jenner & Block in Chicago and as a law clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich, he has served as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator, and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts. Kieff served for two years on the Appellate Mediation Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, until November 2007; that December he was appointed by Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to serve a three-year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the Patent and Trademark Office, which was created by Congress to advise the government on the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent operation.

In May 2008, he was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business.

Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied molecular biology and microeconomics at MIT and conducted research in molecular genetics at the Whitehead Institute.


B.S., M.I.T.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania