J. Jeffrey Hawley
Distinguished Fellow in Intellectual Property
Professor Jeff Hawley joined Eastman Kodak as a chemical engineer in the Photographic Technology Division in July of 1969 immediately after graduating from NYU School of Engineering. In 1974, he transferred to Kodak’s Patent Department and attended George Washington Law School, where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1979. He retired from Kodak in July of 2006. Before retirement, he served on the Franklin Pierce Law Center IP Advisory Committee. He began his more formal association with the law school in 2007.
Hawley served a variety of roles in the Kodak Patent Legal Staff. He became group patent counsel of the Patent Legal Staff Health Group in 1989, and the assistant general counsel, Patent Legal Staff in 1996. He is a former president of the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association and a former president of PIPA (Pacific Intellectual Property Association). He was president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in 2004-5. In 2005-6, Hawley served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC) and was the treasurer. He continues as an Emeritus member of ACPC.
He is a tennis player, a boater and a photographer. He is married with two sons, one in Durham, NH, and the other in Seattle, WA.