Invited Overseas Researchers | Kevin Emerson Collins

Kevin Emerson Collins  
Mr. Kevin Emerson Collins
Professor of law,
School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

 Visiting Term

6 June 2015 - 18 July 2015

 Research Theme

“Drawing Lines: The Boundary of Patentability in Personalized-Medicine Diagnostics”


Professor Collins is a scholar and teacher of intellectual property law. He earned his BA in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and his JD from Stanford. He clerked for Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Raymond Clevenger III on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Having earned an M. Arch. from Columbia and worked as a project architect and lead designer with Bernard Tschumi Architects, Professor Collins is also interested in the intersection of law and architecture. Professor Collins taught at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington until, in 2010, he joined the faculty at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.


  • The Knowledge/Embodiment Dichotomy, 47 Davis Law Review 1279 (2014)
  • Patent Law’s Functionality Malfunction and the Problem of Overbroad, Functional Software Patents, 90 Washington University Law Review 1399 (2013)
  • Prometheus Laboratories, Mental Steps, and Printed Matter, 50 Houston Law Review 391 (2012) (symposium)
  • Getting into the “Spirit” of Innovative Things: Looking to Complementary and Substitute Properties to Shape Patent Protection for Improvements, 26 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1217 (2012)
  • Bilski and the Ambiguity of “An Unpatentable Abstract Idea”,15 Lewis and Clark Law Review 37 (2011) (symposium)
  • Even More Complex After All These Years: What the Complexity of the “How?” Question of Tailoring Claim Scope Has to Say About the “Who?” Question,1 IP Theory 35 (2011) (symposium)
  • Semiotics 101: Taking the Printed Matter Doctrine Seriously, 85 Indiana Law Journal 1379 (2010)
  • Enabling After-Arising Technology, 34 Journal Of Corporation Law 1083 (2009) (symposium)
  • Amicus briefs in support of neither party before the Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos (2010) and the Federal Circuit in In re Bilski (2008)
  • The Reach of Literal Claim Scope into After-Arising Technology: On Thing Construction and the Meaning of Meaning, 41 Connecticut Law Review 493 (2008)
  • Claims to Information qua Information and a Structural Theory of Section 101, 4 I/S: A JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY 11 (2008) (symposium), reprinted in Patent Claims: Judical Interpretation And Analysis 120-40 (2009)
  • Constructive Nonvolition in Patent Law, or the Problem of Insufficient Thought Control, 2007 Wisconsin Law Review 759 (2007)
  • Propertizing Thought, 60 Southern Methodist University Law Review 317 (2007) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum)