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
Patent Cases and Public Controversies, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013)
Patents as Escalators, 14 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 81 (2011), reprinted in Law and Entrepreneurship (Robert Litan & Anthony Luppino ed., Elgar 2013)
Contracting Patents: A Modern Patent Exhaustion Doctrine, 23 Harv. J. L. Tech. 463 (2010), reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review (Karen B. Tripp ed., West 2011)
Yours, Mine Or Ours: Employee Invention Ownership, Around the Bar, Baton Rouge Bar Ass’n 14 (Oct. 2008)
Works in Progress
The Well-Pleaded Patent Complaint
Sowing the Seeds of Patent Exhaustion
The Intellectual Property Jurisprudence of Justice Holmes
Selected Talks and Presentations
Presenter, Sowing the Seeds of Patent Exhaustion, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Cardozo School of Law, New York City, NY, August 2013.
Invited guest discussing genetically modified foods, Access Utah, WUSU Utah Public Radio, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2013.
Panelist, What’s the Deal with Genetically Modified Foods?, Social Soup Lecture Series,University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2013.
Panelist and Moderator, Translational Medicine Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2013.
Presenter, Patent Cases and Public Controversies, Faculty Workshop, University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT, January 2013.
Presenter, Patent Cases and Public Controversies, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA, April 2012.
Presenter, Patent Cases and Public Controversies, Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Forum, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, September 2011.
Presenter, Patent Cases and Public Controversies, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, August 2011.
Presenter, Patent Cases and Public Controversies, Utah State Bar Section of Intellectual Property meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2011.
Seton Hall University School of Law, Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Series, Contracting Patents: A Modern Patent Exhaustion Doctrine, Oct. 2010.
University of Utah
Intellectual Property Policy Revision Committee (2012-present)
Library Policy Advisory Committee (2012-present), co-chair (2013-present)
S.J. Quinney College of Law
Admissions Committee (2012-present)
Programs Committee (2010–present)
Competitions Committee (2011-present)
Library Director Search Committee (2011-2012)
Honors & Awards
"Future Star" in Louisiana, Benchmark Litigation, 2009
Registered Patent Attorney (No. 58,198), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
Former Member, Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge