J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of Texas, Austin
Intellectual property law
Trade secret law
Deepa Varadarajan is an assistant professor of legal studies in the Department of Risk Management & Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, with a secondary appointment at the College of Law. Her scholarly work explores how intellectual property laws create incentives for and pose risks to cumulative innovation.
Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, and Yale Journal of International Law. Her article “Improvement Doctrines” was selected for the 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.
Prior to joining GSU, Varadarajan was an assistant professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law and a Thomas C. Grey Law Fellow at Stanford Law School. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and co-editor of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Charles P. Sifton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and she was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP.
- “Similar Secrets,” 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review __ (forthcoming 2019) (with Joseph Fishman)
- “The Uses of IP Misuse,” 68 Emory Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2019)
Selected for presentation at the 2018 Huber Hurst Research in Legal Studies and Ethics Seminar
- “The Trade Secret–Contract Interface,” 103 Iowa Law Review __ (forthcoming 2018)
Selected for presentation at the 2017 Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop
- “Trade Secret Precautions, Possession & Notice,” 68 Hastings Law Journal 357 (2017)
- “Of Fences and Definite Patent Boundaries,” 18 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 563 (2016)
- “Trade Secret Fair Use,” 83 Fordham Law Review 1401 (2014)
- “Improvement Doctrines,” 21 George Mason Law Review 657 (2014)
Selected for presentation at the 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
- “A Trade Secret Approach to Protecting Traditional Knowledge,” 36 Yale Journal of International Law 371 (2011)
- “Billboards and Big Utilities: Borrowing Land Use Concepts to Regulate ‘Nonconforming’ Sources Under the Clean Air Act,” 112 Yale Law Journal 2553 (2003)
- “Tortious Interference and the Law of Contract: The Case for Specific Performance Revisited,” 111 Yale Law Journal 735 (2001)