Amelia Smith Rinehart
Associate Professor of Law
Professor Rinehart joined the faculty in 2010 following two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced law for several years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. in New York, and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation, procurement, and counseling. Professor Rinehart is a registered patent attorney and her scholarship focuses on patent law and theory.
Professor Rinehart received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002. She received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Tulane University in 1997, and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, summa cum laude, with Departmental Honors from Tulane University in 1996. Prior to attending law school, Professor Rinehart worked as an engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Professor Rinehart teaches Contracts, Patent Law, and an Intellectual Property Survey course.
Claim Construction From An Appellate Perspective, co-authored with with Joseph P. Evall & Alex V. Chachkes, in PLI: How to Prepare and Conduct Markman Hearings, 837 PLI/Pat 411 (2005)
Law Review Articles
Contracting Patents: A Modern Patent Exhaustion Doctrine, 23 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 463 (2010)
Yours, Mine Or Ours: Employee Invention Ownership, Around the Bar, Baton Rouge Bar Ass’n 14 (Oct. 2008)
Selected Talks and Presentations
Seton Hall University School of Law, Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Series, Oct. 2010
Contracting Patents: A Modern Patent Exhaustion Doctrine
Honors & Awards
"Future Star" in Louisiana, Benchmark Litigation, 2009