Assistant Professor of Law
J.D,, Yale Law School
B.A., University of Virginia
Areas of Expertise
Matthew Sipe is an assistant professor of law. He joined the faculty in 2020 and teaches Civil Procedure, Property and Introduction to Lawyering Skills.
His research focuses on the relationship among law, innovation and ownership. His work has been published in academic journals such as the Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and the American University Law Review.
Prior to joining the faculty, Sipe taught at George Washington University Law School as the Frank H. Marks Visiting Associate Professor in Intellectual Property. His previous position was at the U.S. Supreme Court, serving an appointment as a Supreme Court Fellow.
Sipe received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor and author for the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal on Regulation. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Kathleen O'Malley, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Judge Samuel Mays, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Virginia, where he was honored with residency on the Lawn.
“A Fragility Theory of Trademark Functionality,” 169 U. Pa. L. Rev.(forthcoming 2021)
"Patent Law’s Philosophical Fault Line,” 2019 Wis. L. Rev. 1033 (2019)
"Experts, Generalists, Laypeople—and the Federal Circuit,” 32 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 575 (2019)
"The Sherman Act and Avoiding Void-for-Vagueness,” 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 709 (2018)
"Patents v. Antitrust: Preempting Conflict,” 66 Am. U. L. Rev. 415 (2016)
"Patent Privateers and Antitrust Fears,” 22 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 191 (2016)
Essays and Comments
"Patent Law 101: The View from the Bench,” 88 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 21 (2020)
"Storage Wars: Greater Protection for Messages in Memory,” 124 Yale L.J.F. 29 (2014)
"The Need for New Federal Anti-Spam Legislation,” 31 Yale J. on Reg. Online 55 (2014)
"The Market for Privacy,” Yale J.L. & Tech. Online (Dec. 2013)
"Jagged Edges: Boundary Irregularity and Adverse Possession,” 124 Yale L.J. 853 (2014)