University of Pittsburgh

Stefania Fusco

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Stefania Fusco's research concentrates on intellectual property law and finance. She earned a J.S.D. at Stanford Law School where she was also a Kaufmann Fellow. For the doctoral dissertation, she conducted an interdisciplinary empirical investigation on patent protection and innovative financial methods. Her current projects focus on the boundaries of patentable subject matter and comparative analyses of non-practicing entities in the U.S. and the EU. She holds additional law degrees from Europe and the U.S.

Her publications engage with several IP issues including: the impact of patent protection on securities, the international negotiations on geographical indications on products, the Bilski Supreme Court decision and rules versus standards in patent law. She has presented her research at several national IP conferences and became a Transatlantic Technology Law Forum Fellow at Stanford Law School in August 2010. Fusco, who joins the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as a visiting assistant professor for the Spring 2013, will teach International Intellectual Property and Patents.


  • JSD, Stanford
  • JSM, Stanford
  • MBA, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • LLM, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Italian equivalent of a JD, the Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Selected Publications


    • Markets and Patent Enforcement: A Comparative Investigation of Non-Practicing Entities in the US and EU (in draft) 
    • Rules versus Standards: Competing Notions of Inconsistency Robustness in Patent Law with David Olson, Alabama Law Review (forthcoming)
    • The Patentability of Financial Methods: The Market Participants’ Perspective, 45 Loy L.A. L. Rev. 1 (2011).
    • In re Bilski: A Conversation with Judge Randall Rader and a First Look at the BPAI’s Cases, 20 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 123 (2010).
    • Is In re Bilski a Déjà Vu? (commentary), Stan. Tech. L. Rev. P1 (2009); article selected for reprinting in the Patent Law Review (2010).
    • Is the Use of Patents Promoting the Creation of New Types of Securities?, 25 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 243 (2009).
    • Geographical Indications: A Discussion of the TRIPS Regulation After the Ministerial Conference of Hong Kong, 12 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 197 (2008).

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