Prof. Hansen has taught intellectual property law for many years. His focus is on a legal realist understanding of how courts, agencies, congress and the private sector interact with IP law and each other. In the same vein, he founded and directs the Fordham Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy now in its 25th year, and the Fordham IP Institute. The Director General of the WIPO called the Fordham IP Conference “the Davos of the IP world.”
After graduation, Prof. Hansen clerked for federal judges in the SDNY and Second Circuit. He was in practice as an AUSA in the criminal division of the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office and as a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine Palmer & Wood.
Professor Hansen has written one IP book and edited many others. He speaks frequently here and abroad. The State Department sponsored a speaking tour for Prof. Hansen in Japan and Melbourne University did the same for Australia.
In intellectual property law matters, Professor Hansen has been a lead counsel, consultant and expert witness in the U.S., UK, German and Polish courts. He has also represented clients in matters before DG Competition of the European Commission.
Managing Intellectual Property Magazine named Prof. Hansen one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world three times. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit per Chief Judge Michel gave him an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”
He has also been honored with invitations to deliver a number of distinguished lectures:
Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture, University College London (June 2014).
Distinguished Professor Lecture, John Marshall Law School, “The Supreme Court and Intellectual Property Law: It’s Not What You Think.”
Visiting Scholar Lecture, OHIM (EU Trade Marks & Designs Office), “The Landscape, Cultures and Policies of U.S. Trademark Law.”
Herchel Smith Public Lecture in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, “A Legal Realist Analysis of U.S. Trademark Law with Comparisons to Recent Developments in the European Union.”
30th Annual Brace Lecture, Copyright Society of the USA, “Copyright and the Culture of the Public Domain: A Critical Analysis.”
Prof. Hansen has been quoted in the media, including The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and has appeared on news shows including ones on NBC, ABC, CNN and On the Media (NPR).
He is the author of articles on IP and antitrust law and the book New York Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 2012). He is also the editor of eleven volumes on IP law and is currently co-authoring a casebook on intellectual property law. He recently submitted an amicus curiae brief in the Federal Circuit disparaging marks case, In Re Tam.