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Deepa Varadarajan

Assistant Professor    
  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin
  • Intellectual property law
  • Patent law
  • Trade secret law
  • International IP law
  • Property 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 Iowa Law Review, Fordham Law Review, 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 was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Trade Secret–Contract Interface, 103 IOWA L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2018).
    Selected for presentation at the 2017 Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop
  • Trade Secret Precautions, Possession & Notice, 68 HASTINGS L. J. 101 (2017).
  • Of Fences and Definite Patent Boundaries, 18 VAND. J. ENT. & TECH. L. 563 (2016).
  • Trade Secret Fair Use, 83 FORDHAM L. REV. 1401 (2014).
  • Improvement Doctrines, 21 GEO. MASON L. REV. 657 (2014).
    Selected for presentation at the 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
  • A Trade Secret Approach to Protecting Traditional Knowledge, 36 YALE J. INT’L L. 371 (2011).
  • Billboards and Big Utilities: Borrowing Land Use Concepts to Regulate ‘Nonconforming’ Sources Under the Clean Air Act, Note, 112 YALE L. J. 2553 (2003).
  • Tortious Interference and the Law of Contract: The Case for Specific Performance Revisited, Note, 111 YALE L. J. 735 (2001).