Professor of Law and Co-Director Intellectual Property Law Concentration

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 340-A
  • Phone: 617-573-8557
  • Fax: 617-305-3086
  • Email: arodau@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BS, Hofstra University
  • JD, Western New England College
  • LLM, Temple University

    Teaching

  • Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law

Biography

Professor Beckerman-Rodau is a professor of law and co-director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is also an engineer and registered patent attorney. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Massachusetts. Prior to joining the faculty at Suffolk, he was a tenured professor at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Professor Beckerman-Rodau has practiced patent and intellectual property law with law firms and corporations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He was also a lecturer in law and research fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia. Professor Beckerman-Rodau has authored articles on business associations, computer software and intellectual property. Additionally, he has published a student guide to estates and future interests. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the Boston Patent Law Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Publications

Books

A CONCISE GUIDE TO THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ESTATES AND FUTURE INTERESTS (2d ed., 2010)

COPYRIGHT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: AN UNHURRIED VIEW OF COPYRIGHT REVISITED (Andrew Beckerman-Rodau and Michael L. Rustad, et al eds., 2005)

A CONCISE GUIDE TO THE NUTS & BOLTS OF ESTATES AND FUTURE INTERESTS (2004)

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON PARTNERSHIPS, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES & CORPORATIONS (1998)

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON AGENCY, PARTNERSHIP & THE LEGAL PROBLEMS OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (2d ed., 1995)

TEACHER'S MANUAL FOR BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON AGENCY, PARTNERSHIP & THE LEGAL PROBLEMS OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (2d ed., 1995)

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON AGENCY, PARTNERSHIP & THE LEGAL PROBLEMS OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (1991 & Supp.1992)

Articles

What Should Be Patentable?—A Proposal for Determining the Existence of Statutory Subject Matter Under 35 U.S.C. Section 101, 13 WAKE FOREST J. BUS. & INTELL. PROP. L. 145 (2013)

Toward a Limited Right of Publicity: An Argument for the Convergence of the Right of Publicity, Unfair Competition and Trademark Law, 23 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 132 (2012)

Ideas and the Public Domain: Revisiting INS v. AP in the Internet Age, 1 N.Y.U. J. INTELL. PROP. & ENT. L. 1 (2011)

The Problem with Intellectual Property Rights: Subject Matter Expansion, 13 YALE J.L. & TECH. 35 (2010)

Patents Are Property: A Fundamental But Important Concept, 4 J. BUS & TECH. L. 87 (2009)

eBay v. MercExchange and Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics, 4 J. BUS. & TECH. L. 5 (2009) (with F. Scott Kieff, Lawrence Sung and Thomas Woolston)

The Supreme Court Engages in Judicial Activism in Interpreting the Patent Law in eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C., 10 TUL. J. TECH. & INTELL. PROP. 165 (2007)

The Aftermath of eBay v. MercExchange, 126 S.Ct. 1837 (2006): A Review of the Subsequent Judicial Decisions, 89 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC'Y 631 (2007)

MGM v. Grokster: Judicial Activism or a Good Decision?, 74 UMKC L. REV. 921 (2006)

Dealing with Digital Data in the Practice of Law: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?, 9 :10 J. INTERNET L. 3 (2006)

Resolving Uncertainty in Biotechnology Patent Law, 6 J. HIGH TECH. L. i (2006) (with Michael Rustad)

The Novice's Guide to Teaching with Technology, 13 :2 THE LAW TEACHER 3 (2006)

Technology - A new Ethical Risk, 7 :3 MASS. BAR ASS'N SEC. REV. (2005)

Ethical Risks From The Use Of Technology, 31 RUTGERS COMPUTER & TECH. L.J. 3 (2004)

The Choice between Patent Protection and Trade Secret Protection: A Legal and Business Decision, 84 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC'Y 371 (2002) reprinted in the ANN. INTELL. PROP. L. REV. (2003)

Trade Secrets - The New Risks to Trade Secrets Posed by Computerization, 28 RUTGERS COMPUTER & TECH. L.J. 227 (2002)

Patent Law -- Balancing Profit Maximization and Public Access to Technology, 4 COLUM. SCI. & TECH. L. REV. 1 (2002)

Prior Restraints and Intellectual Property: The Clash between Intellectual Property and the First Amendment from an Economic Perspective, 12 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 1 (2001) reprinted in FIRST AMENDMENT LAW HANDBOOK (2003)

It's simple: theft of music is wrong , NAT'L L.J., Oct. 9, at A16 (2000)

Copyright Issues for Online Design, AIARCHITECT MAGAZINE (1999)

A Jurisprudential Approach to Common Law Legal Analysis, 52 RUTGERS L. REV. 262 (1999)

Briefing results in better learning, 6 :1 THE LAW TEACHER (Gonzaga University Institute for Law School Teaching) 12 (1998) (electronically republished in LEGAmedia)

Spring Break in Kiev, ALUMNI MAGAZINE(Western New England College School of Law) (1996)

An American Jew Visits Kiev, TOLEDO JEWISH NEWS (1996)

Law Teaching: A Plug for the Traditional Approach, THE LAW TEACHER2 (Gonzaga University Institute for Law School Teaching) (1994)

Are Ideas Within the Traditional Definition of Property?: A Jurisprudential Analysis, 47 ARK. L. REV. 603 (1994) (cited in Alevizos v. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 764 So.2d 8 (Florida Ct. of App. (1999))

The Beckerman-Rodau Method: A New Approach to Teaching Law, 41 J. LEGAL EDUC. 299 (1991)

The Impact of Technology on Intellectual Property Law, WRIT, (Ohio N. Univ. Law Alumni Association, College of Law, Ada, Ohio) (1991)

Incorporation Not Always a Plus for the Closely Held Company, NAT'L L.J., June 18, at 32 (1990)

Selecting a Business Entity for a Small Business: Non-tax Considerations, 93 DICK. L. REV. 519 (1989)

Commercial Law--The Extension of UCC's Article 2 to Hybrid Software Transactions, NAT'L L.J. (1987)

Computer Software Contracts: A Review of the Caselaw, 21 AKRON L. REV. 45 (1987) (cited in the Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated (Baldwin) and the Ohio Revised Code Annotated (Baldwin); reprinted in 2 SOFTWARE L.J. 77 (1987))

Computer Software: Does Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code Apply?, 35 EMORY L.J. 853 (1986) (cited by: NMP Corp. v. Parametric Tech. Corp.., 958 F. Supp. 1536 (N.D. Oklahoma 1997); Architectronics, Inc. v. Control Systems, 935 F. Supp. 425 (SDNY 1996); SSE International Corp. v. Iron & Glass Bank, 30 UCCR Serv. 2d (Callaghan) 347 (W.D.PA. 1996); Colonial Life Ins. v. EDS, 817 F. Supp. 235 (D.N.H. 1993); Advent Systems Ltd. v. Unisys Corp., 925 F.2d 670 (3rd Cir. 1991))

Protection of Intellectual Property - Patent, Copyright, and Trade Secret Law in the United States and Abroad, 10 N.C.J. INT'L L. & BUS. 537 (1985)

Protecting Computer Software: After Apple Computer, Inc. v. Franklin Computer Corp., 714 F.2d 1240 (3d Cir. 1983), Does Copyright Provide the Best Protection?,, 57 TEMP. L. Q. 527 (1984) (cited in U.S.C.A. & reprinted in 18 INTELL. PROP. L. REV. 413 (1986))

Expanding Damages in Wrongful Birth Tort Actions, 2 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 833 (1980)