Roger Allan Ford

Associate Professor of Law and Franklin Pierce Faculty Fellow
Educational Background
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Courses Taught
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • Property
General Areas of Interest, Scholarship, Research, & Practice
  • Intellectual property
  • Law and technology
  • Privacy


Professor Ford joined the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2014, where he teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, law and technology, and privacy.  Professor Ford’s scholarship studies how laws interact as complex systems, working to identify structural flaws in those interactions and examine the disruptive effects that new technologies can have on those systems. His teaching and research interests also include property, antitrust, law and economics, and civil and criminal procedure.

Before coming to New Hampshire, Professor Ford served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a Microsoft Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s Information Law Institute.  He also practiced IP litigation and privacy law for five years at Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  While in practice, he taught federal courts as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law.

Professor Ford graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he was an editor on the University of Chicago Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  While at Chicago, he was an MVP² Fellow in law and technology in the John M. Olin Program in Law & Economics and worked as a research assistant to Judge Richard A. Posner and Professor William M. Landes.  Before law school, he studied chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Representative Publications

The Uneasy Case for Patent Federalism, 2017 Wisc. L. Rev. (forthcoming)

Privacy and Accountability in Black-Box Medicine, 23 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 1 (2016) (with W. Nicholson Price II)

Secrets and Information Security in the Age of Sports Analytics, in The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law (forthcoming)

The Patent Spiral, 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 827 (2016) 

Unilateral Invasions of Privacy, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1075 (2016) 

Patent Invalidity Versus Noninfringement, 99 Cornell L. Rev. 71 (2013)

Modeling the Effects of Peremptory Challenges on Jury Selection and Jury Verdicts, 17 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 337 (2010).

Comment, Preemption of State Spam Laws by the Federal CAN-SPAM Act., 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 355 (2005).