Sunwater Institute’s Property, Markets, and Trade Program Announces Inaugural Advisory Council

October 31, 2023  

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North Bethesda, MD – The Sunwater Institute’s Property, Markets, and Trade program announces the inaugural members of its Advisory Council today. The Council will serve as a venue for Sunwater Institute researchers to receive advice and guidance from top scholars in the field and will improve the rigor, relevance, and reach of our projects. 

“Each Council member is a distinguished leader in their field, and we are honored to have such a recognized group of lawyers and economists with diverse expertise to advance the Sunwater Institute’s mission. We already have ongoing projects with each member and anticipate leveraging their extensive reservoirs of knowledge, experience, and connections to even greater effect in the future,” remarked Ani Harutyunyan, Ph.D., head of the Property, Markets, and Trade program area at the Sunwater Institute. 

The Inaugural Advisory Council members include:

Mark Cohen

With over 30 years experience as a law firm attorney, in-house counsel, government official, and adjunct and visiting professor of law, Cohen was previously Senior Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce/Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In 2017, Mark joined Berkeley Law as a distinguished Senior Fellow, Lecturer, and Director of the Asia IP Project at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the University of California, Berkeley. 

John Duffy

In the field of intellectual property, John Duffy has been identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the nation by The American Lawyer and one of the 50 most influential people in the world by the U.K. publication Managing Intellectual Property. He was named a legal “visionary” by the Legal Times in 2009 and has been profiled in BusinessWeek. Duffy joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011, after serving on the faculty at George Washington University Law School since 2003. Prior to his academic career, he clerked for notable judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and served in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. He has published articles in the University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Supreme Court Review, and is the co-author of a casebook on patent law.

Walter Park

Dr. Walter Park is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, and a Professor of Economics at American University in Washington, D.C.  He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of IP Management and on the advisory editorial board of Research Policy.  He has been a special sworn employee at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and has consulted for the Center for Global Development, European Patent Office, Industry Canada, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, among others. His research focuses on intellectual property systems, R&D analysis, productivity and business cycles, multinational firms, and international knowledge transfers. His articles have appeared in Economic Inquiry, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Review of World Economics, and World Patent Information, among others.

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