Christopher B. Seaman Associate Professor of Law and Director, Frances Lewis Law Center

Phone: 540-458-8520

Email: seamanc@wlu.edu

Office: 462 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Election Law

Education

BA, Swarthmore College

JD, University of Pennsylvania

About

Christopher B. Seaman joined the Washington and Lee law faculty in 2012.  His research and teaching interests include intellectual property, property, and civil procedure, with a particular focus on intellectual property litigation and remedies for the violation of intellectual property rights. 

Professor Seaman's intellectual property-related scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of law reviews and journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Washington Law Review, the BYU Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and the Berkeley Technology Law Review. His empirical study of willful patent infringement and enhanced damages was selected as a winner of the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize competition for outstanding new scholarship related to patent remedies, and his co-authored article on patent injunctions at the Federal Circuit was chosen as a winner of the Federalist Society's Young Legal Scholars Paper Competition.

In addition, Professor Seaman has an interest in voting rights and election law, having written several works on the history, constitutionality, and potential future of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Professor Seaman was selected by the Student Bar Association as Faculty Member of the Year for 2013-2014.  He received the John W. Elrod Law Alumni Faculty Fellowship for Teaching in 2014 and was named an Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow for scholarship in 2015.

Professor Seaman received his B.A. in 2000 from Swarthmore College and his J.D. in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a recipient of the Edwin R. Keedy Award.  After a judicial clerkship with the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he practiced intellectual property law at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago from 2005-2009, where he represented clients in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts.  Prior to joining Washington and Lee's faculty, Professor Seaman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Recent Publications

Patent Injunctions on Appeal:  An Empirical Study of the Federal Circuit's Application of eBay, Washington Law Review (2017) (with Ryan T. Holte).

Permanent Injunctions in Patent Litigation After eBay: An Empirical Study (Christopher B. Seaman) Iowa Law Review (2016)

Introduction: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (Christopher B. Seaman) Washington and Lee Law Review Online (2015)

The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy (Christopher B. Seaman) Virginia Law Review (2015)

Comment on "Groove is in the Hart": A Workable Solution for Applying the Right of Publicity to Video Games (Christopher B. Seaman) Washington and Lee Law Review (2015)

Standards of Proof in Civil Litigation: An Experiment from Patent Law (David L. Schwartz and Christopher B. Seaman) Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (2013)

- See Prof. Seaman's full list of publications at his Scholarly Commons page.