Professor Eric E. Johnson
Eric E. Johnson, J.D.
is Associate Professor of Law at University of North Dakota School of
Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and
Eric teaches Torts, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law, Sports Law, and Antitrust, Bankruptcy & Consumer Law. His primary scholarship interests are intellectual property and entertainment law. Two projects of his, Copysquare and Konomark, are designed to encourage the sharing of copyrighted works on the internet. Another project of his is the Museum of Intellectual Property, which is on display inside UND’s Thormodsgard Law Library.
Eric earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisers and an instructor in legal reasoning and argument. He earned his B.A. from the Plan II program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.
After law school, he was an associate in the litigation and intellectual-property litigation practices at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where his clients included Paramount, MTV, CBS, Touchstone, Immersion Corporation, and the bankruptcy estate of eToys.com. At Irell, his matters included claims of patent infringement in the video-game industry, copyright infringement of a television series, breach of a motion-picture director’s contract, and breach of a profit-participation clause in a television executive-producer’s contract. He later became in-house counsel to Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles, drafting and negotiating deals for Fox Sports Net (“FSN”) and Fox College Sports.
Outside of his legal career, Eric was a top-40 radio disc jockey, a stand-up comic, and a consultant at an early-stage internet startup. In 2005, he was awarded a patent on a headrest he invented for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Before joining the UND faculty, he taught as an adjunct professor at Whittier Law School and the Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching Patent Law, Trademarks, and Entertainment Law.
Eric authored Intellectual Property and the Incentive Fallacy. Watch Eric E. Johnson on the Konomark Project. Read his LinkedIn profile. Read his blog. Follow his Twitter feed.