Andrew Chin

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  • J.D., Yale University (1998)
  • Ph.D., Oxford University (1991)
  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin (1987)

After serving as student government president at Texas, Chin earned his doctorate studying combinatorial mathematics and computational complexity theory at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

Between 1991 and 1995, he taught mathematics at Texas A&M University, computer science at King's College, University of London, and public policy at the University of Texas at Austin. At Yale, he published a paper written during his first semester as a note in the Yale Law Journal, and several subsequent law review articles. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and assisted Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and his law clerks in the drafting of the findings of fact in United States v. Microsoft Corporation.

Chin then practiced in the corporate and intellectual property departments in the Washington, D.C., office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. He is of counsel to Intellectual Property Solutions, P.L.L.C., where he prepares and prosecutes patent applications in computer and Internet technology.

Chin joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2001. He teaches antitrust, intellectual property, and patent law. More information about Chin's work, including published articles and course outlines, is available via his website and his blog.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Teaching Patents as Real Options, 95 N.C. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016) (symposium).
  • The Learned Hand Unformula for Short-Swing Liability, 91 WASH. L REV. 1523 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Ghost in the New Machine: How Alice Exposed Software Patenting's Category Mistake, 16 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 623 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Alappat Redux: Support for Functional Language in Software Patent Claims, 66 SMU L. REV. 491 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Differential Privacy as a Response to the Reidentification Threat: The Facebook Advertiser Case Study (A. Chin and A. Klinefelter), 90 N.C. L. REV. 1417 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Ontological Function of the Patent Document, 74 U. PITT. L. REV. 263 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Search for Tomorrow: Some Side Effects of Patent Office Automation, 87 N.C. L. REV. 1617 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Artful Prior Art and the Quality of DNA Patents, 57 ALA. L. REV. 975 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Decoding Microsoft: A First Principles Approach, 40 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 1 (2005). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Antitrust Analysis in Software Product Markets: A First Principles Approach, 18 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2004). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
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