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Dotan Oliar

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
M.A. University of Virginia, expected 2018
S.J.D. Harvard Law School 2007
LL.M. Harvard Law School 2001
LL.B. Tel Aviv University 1999
B.A. Tel Aviv University 1999

Dotan Oliar’s scholarship focuses on human creativity. He teaches courses on intellectual property law, entrepreneurship, and law and economics. He writes on those topics and their intersection with empirical and behavioral methods, legal history, property theory and cyberlaw. His recent projects include an empirical analysis of copyright registrations at the U.S. Copyright Office, the interaction between expressive creativity and technological change, the scope of Congress’s intellectual property power under the U.S. Constitution and joke ownership social norms among standup comedians.

Oliar’s scholarship has been published in leading journals, including the Georgetown Law Journal and the Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Virginia Law Reviews. His work was selected for presentation in several fora, including the annual meetings of the American, Canadian and European law and economics associations, and the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. He was a visiting professor at NYU and Tel-Aviv law schools.

Oliar holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. His dissertation advances a new construction of the Constitution’s intellectual property clause. His LL.M. thesis — an economic analysis of the fair use doctrine on the Internet — won the Harvard Law School Irving Oberman Award for Best Essay on The Internet and the Law. He served as a fellow at Harvard’s Olin Center for Law and Economics and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he helped found Creative Commons.

Prior to attending Harvard, Oliar received his LL.B. (magna cum laude, 1st in class) and B.A. in philosophy (magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University, where he studied as a fellow in the university-wide Adi Lautman Program for Outstanding Students. After graduating from Tel-Aviv University, Oliar clerked for Justice Jacob Kedmi on the Israeli Supreme Court.

LAW 7044: Survey of Patent, Copyright, Trademark
Credits: 2–4
This is a survey course for students seeking a general introduction to intellectual property as opposed to concentrating on one or more of its special subjects. The main focus will be on Patent, Copyright and Trademark with a brief treatment of Trade Secrets and some common law treatments of intellectual property outside the realm of specially designed property rights.
LAW 7047: Trademark Law
Credits: 2–3
This course studies the law governing how brands may be legally protected. Topics include: trademarks as distinguished from other forms of intellectual property; searching and clearance; federal and state registration; common law origin of trademark protection in the law of unfair competition; trademark infringement; Internet domain names; international treaties relating to trademarks.
LAW 7189: Internet Law
Credits: 2
This survey course will introduce students to various areas of Internet law, such as Internet governance, jurisdiction, contracts, trespass and computer fraud, copyright, trademarks and domain names, speech, search engines, spam, and social media.
LAW 7738: Israeli Business Law and Innovation (SC)
Credits: 2
This J-term course, taught in Israel, will familiarize students with the unique legal aspects of Israel's entrepreneurial culture through a series of lectures, meetings with practitioners, businesses and government institutions.
LAW 7795: Art Law (SC)
Credits: 1–2
This short course will introduce students to the practice of "art law,' which lies at the intersection of several bodies of law. Contract doctrines such as meetings of minds, mistakes of fact, warranties, and good faith will be explored. The Uniform Commercial Code, which is the primary regulatory schema in the U.S. governing disputes over art transactions, including claims of looted art and fake art, will also be studied.
LAW 8009: Copyright Law
Credits: 2–3
The federal copyright statute protects rights in literary and artistic property. Topics covered in this course include the subject matter of copyright; ownership; formalities; duration and transfer; infringement; fair use; rights and remedies of copyright owners; pre-emption of state copyright laws; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 9045: Intellectual Property Law Policy
Credits: 3
This seminar will cover advanced readings in intellectual property theory and policy.
LAW 9265: Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law
Credits: 3
This seminar will discuss current issues in intellectual property law. Topics will relate to recent and currently pending legislation and appellate litigation in copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret law.