David McGowan

Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Markets

  • JD, 1990, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, 1986, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

Professor McGowan teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property (IP), antitrust and legal ethics. His research addresses topics such as antitrust policy in software markets, the implications of network effects for IP policy, legal problems associated with standard-setting organizations, open-source software development, and the elements of judgment students must acquire to develop judgment about practicing law.

Professional Experience

McGowan clerked for the Hon. A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He practiced in San Francisco with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, where he was elected a director shortly before moving to academia. McGowan taught at the University of Minnesota School of Law from 1998 to 2005. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2005.

Honors and Affiliations

McGowan was associate editor of the California Law Review and a member of the national moot court team at the University of California, Berkeley. He is affiliated with Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Key Works

McGowan's publications include “Big But Brittle: Economic Perspectives of the Law Firm in the New Economy” in 2011 Columbia Business Journal 1 (with Burk) (2011); “Some Realism about the Free Speech Critique of Copyright” in 74 Fordham Law Review 101 (2005); “Copyright Nonconsequentialism” in 69 Missouri Law Review 1 (2004); and “Legal Implications of Network Economic Effects” in 86 California Law Review 479 (1998).

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Contact Information

Guadalupe Hall 104
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-7973

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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Open Office Hours

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