- J.D., Yale Law School
- B.A., University of Texas, Austin
- intellectual property law
- patent law
- trade secret law
- copyright 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 research focuses on intellectual property laws as a source of legal and economic risk for firms, entrepreneurs, employees, and consumers of information-based products, with a particular emphasis on trade secrecy and patent law.
Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, U.C.L.A. Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and the peer-reviewed American Business Law Journal. Her work has been selected for presentation in the 2013 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and the plenary session of the 2018 Intellectual Property Law Scholars Conference at UC Berkeley School of Law.
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.
- “Business Secrecy Expansion and FOIA,” 68 U.C.L.A. Law Review __ (forthcoming 2021)
- “Similar Secrets,” 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1051 (2019), with Joseph Fishman
- “The Uses of IP Misuse,” 68 Emory Law Journal 739 (2019)
- “Trade Secrecy Injunctions, Disclosure Risks, and eBay’s Influence,” 59 American Business Law Journal 879 (2019)
- “The Trade Secret–Contract Interface,” 103 Iowa Law Review 1543 (2018)
- “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)
- “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)