Christopher B. Seaman joined the Washington and Lee law faculty in 2012. His
research and teaching interests include intellectual property (IP) law and civil
procedure, with a particular focus on IP litigation and remedies for the violation of IP

Professor Seaman’s scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of law reviews
and journals, including the Iowa Law Review, the BYU Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law
and Technology, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. His empirical study of
willful patent infringement was a winner of the 2010 Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize
competition for outstanding new scholarship related to patent remedies. In addition,
Professor Seaman has written articles on the history, constitutionality, and potential
future of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. 

Professor Seaman received his B.A. in 2000 from Swarthmore College and his J.D. in 2004
from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the
University of Pennsylvania Law Review and received the Edwin R. Keedy Law Review Award.
After law school, he clerked for the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick of the U.S. District
Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2004-2005 and practiced law at Sidley
Austin LLP in Chicago from 2005-2009, where he represented clients in patent, copyright,
trademark and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts. Prior to joining
Washington and Lee, Professor Seaman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT
Chicago-Kent College of Law and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School
of Law. 

Intellectual Property Articles


The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy, Virginia Law Review (2015)

Trade secrecy is unique among the major intellectual property (IP) doctrines because it is governed...



Standards of Proof in Civil Litigation: An Experiment from Patent Law (with David L. Schwartz), Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (2013)

Standards of proof are widely assumed to matter in litigation. They operate to allocate the...



American Innovation and the Limits of Patent Law: A Response to William Hubbard, Competitive Patent Law, University of Florida Law Review Forum (2013)

In his recent article Competitive Patent Law, Professor William Hubbard makes a valuable contribution regarding...


Voting Rights/Election Law Articles


An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System, Saint Louis University Public Law Review (2010)

In Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder ("NAMUDNO"), 129 S. Ct. 2504...



The End of Preclearance As We Knew It: How the Supreme Court Transformed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (with P. McCrary & R. Valelly), Michigan Journal of Race & Law (2006)

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires certain jurisdictions with a history...


Book Chapters


The Law of Preclearance: Enforcing Section 5 (with Peyton McCrary and Richard Valelly), The Future of the Voting Rights Act (2006)

Selected Presentations and Conferences


Improving Patent Joint Ownership, Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium (2013)
Improving Patent Joint Ownership, Presenter, Mid-Atlantic Patent Law Works-in-Progress Workshop (2012)
The Presumption of Validity in Patent Litigation: An Experimental Study, Presenter, Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium (with David L. Schwartz) (2012)


The Changing Damages Regime: Reasonable Royalties after Lucent and Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages after Seagate, Panelist, 2011 Annual Meeting, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2011)