Donald S. Chisum was Professor of Law at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California from 1997 to 2006. He was the Inez Mabie Professor of Law at Santa Clara University from 2001 to 2006. He received his A.B. degree in 1966 and his law degree in 1968, both from Stanford University. He was Professor of Law at the University of Washington from 1969 to 1996.
Chisum is a leading authority in the increasingly important area of patent law and intellectual property rights in technology. He is the author of the twenty-six volume reference text on patent law, Chisum on Patents, published by Matthew Bender, a part of Lexis Publishing, and co-author with Michael Jacobs of the text, Understanding Intellectual Property (1992). Chisum continually supplements and revises the Patents Treatise to include patent law developments. Chisum has authored numerous journal articles, including â€œPatent Law and the Presumption of Moral Regularity: A Critical Review of Recent Federal Circuit Decisions on Inequitable Conduct and Willful Infringement,â€ 69 J.P.T.O.S. 27 (1987); â€œComment: Anticipation, Enablement and Obviousness: An Eternal Golden Braid,â€ 15 AIPLA Q.J. 57 (1987), and â€œThe Patentability of Algorithms,â€ 47 U. Pitt L. Rev. 959 (1986). The last article received the Gerald Rose Memorial Award, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, February 1987.
Chisum has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration, on the subject of patents in space (1985), the Transgenic Animal Reform Act (1989) and the Biotechnology Patent Protection Act of 1991.
Chisum is active in national and international professional organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and was Editor of the Associationâ€™s AIPLA Quarterly Journal. He attended, as an observer, the World Intellectual Property Organizationâ€™s Committee of Experts meetings on international patent law harmonization. In 1979, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany.
Chisum regularly lectures at patent law meetings and conferences, having addressed the Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Patent Academy of the Patent and Trademark Office, the annual meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and regional patent law associations, state bar intellectual property sections, and corporate and law school symposia in California, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Illinois, British Columbia, Delaware, Arizona and Missouri.