Faculty & Fellows

Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts


Our intellectual property program is unlike any other. Our students represent real entrepreneurs in their quest to launch new businesses and products and study the latest trends in the growing intellectual property legal field.


Craig A. Nard, Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts

Raymond Ku

Dale A. Nance

Aaron Perzanowski

Dalindybo B. Shabalala

Martha Woodmansee

Peter A. Carfagna

Co-Director of the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy and Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence
Peter is Co-Director of the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy and Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. He has also been the Managing Member of LLC's affiliated with many Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros; and the Arizona Diamondbacks. From 1994-2005, Mr. Carfagna was Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG) and prior to that was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP, during which time he worked as outside counsel to the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers' ownership groups. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (1975), having played Varsity Football (1972-75). He was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law (1977). Mr. Carfagna received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, Carfagna has taught three sports law courses at Harvard Law School, each of which has been published as a casebook: Representing the Professional Athlete (2d. Ed. West 2014), which is the subject of a Coursera MOOC that was first offered in Fall 2014; Examining The Legal Evolution of America's 3 'Major Leagues' (2d. Ed. West 2011); and Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (West 2010).

He is Faculty Advisor to Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is also Faculty Supervisor of the Sports Law Clinical Program, responsible for 10-12 20+ sports law clinicals each year with the NFL, MLB, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Brooklyn Nets, CAA, Excel Sports Agency, Special Olympics and the Carolina Panthers, among others. Mr. Carfagna has been Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Executive in Residence at Cleveland Marshall College of Law since 2011. Carfagna also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Sports Law at the University of Miami and Ave Maria School of Law where he serves on the Board of Governors.

Carfagna currently serves on the Midwest Region/Chicago-based Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship and on the Board of the Sports Legacy Institute and Ladies Professional Golf Association. He is also a former Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He has served the HAA as a Member of the Nominating Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Peter and his wife, Rita, and their 4 adult children, reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Theodore C. Theofrastous

Managing Attorney of the IP Venture Clinic and Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence

Ted Theofrastous has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. Prior to founding his corporate legal practice and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Theofrastous served as managing director and fund counsel for a small family venture fund, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before the fund, Theofrastous managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Theofrastous's roles related to the tech startups he works with typically include business structuring and operational planning, developing an intellectual property strategy, negotiating financial investment and playing an active role as a manager and/or director. Before joining CCF, Theofrastous practiced in the Cleveland and London offices of the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where his primary practice focused on the nexus of investment capital and technology. At Squire Sanders and CCF, he handled matters ranging from high tech start-up ventures to multi-billion dollar domestic and off-shore private equity fund offerings. Theofrastous's business background consists of over twenty years' working as a technologist, executive and board member to design and implement new and re-engineered products and business systems. Theofrastous also serves as Managing Attorney for the Case Western Reserve School of Law's IP Venture Clinic and teaches courses in Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the School of Law. He also serves as Chief Commercialization Officer and General Counsel for the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on a range of technology and legal topics and is a frequent speaker in the field of technology commercialization, regulation and finance.

Spangenberg Fellows:

Christophe Geiger

Associate Professor, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France).

In addition, Geiger is affiliated senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich (Germany) and Visiting Professor at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia). He specializes in national, European, international and comparative intellectual property law, has drafted reports for the European institutions and acts as external expert for the European Parliament and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). He is also General Editor of the Collection of the CEIPI published by LexisNexis, co-editor of the EIPIN series published by Edward Elgar and member of the editorial board of several journals on IP law. He has published numerous articles as well as authored and edited many volumes in this field, the most recent being “Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research” (2012), “Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and New Perspectives” (2013), by Edward Elgar, and “What Patent Law for the European Union?” (2013), “The Contribution of Case Law to the Construction of Intellectual Property in Europe” (2013, in French); “Intellectual Property Law in a Globalized World” (with Caroline Rodà, 2014), by LexisNexis. A comprehensive “Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property” edited by Christophe Geiger is also forthcoming in 2014 with Edward Elgar.

Sripathi Rao Kulkarni

Scientist & Coordinator (IP & International Relations) in the Division of S&T Management in the CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India.

Dr. Kulkarni is visting here on a Department of Biotechnology – India funded DBT-CREST Award program, a prestigious national level competitive fellowship. He focuses on a research project pertaining to drugs and biologics. In addition, he works closely with the Offices of Innovation Management and Technology Transfer of the university on mutual innovation management and technology transfer interests. He comes from a renowned R&D institute, the Central Drug Research Institute based in Lucknow-India that houses chemistry, biology, pre-clinical and clinical service departments all under one roof. The institute conducts drug research, discovery and development activities right from synthesis/isolation of chemical moieties to bringing them to the market. The institute is distinctly recognized for bringing out 11 out of 18 drugs approved by DCGI for marketing in India. Sripathi is actively involved in coordination of the innovation protection and management, technology transfer activities at the institute. In addition, he is the nodal person for international relations and the CSIR national flagship OSDD program. Further, he teaches IPRs for P.G. students and research scholars and has been an invited speaker at various conferences and symposia. Dr. Kulkarni has earned his post-graduate degree with Microbiology and a PhD with Biotechnology in addition to the Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law. Prior to PhD, he served for a life-saving vaccines manufacturing facility and also as an IP resource person especially for U.S.-based Fortune 500 companies at a Patent Consultancy firm in India.

Hedi Nasheri

Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Turku Law School in Finland.

Nasheri has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at New York University School of Law's Center for Research in Crime and Justice. She was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She has written and lectured extensively in the areas of law and transnational crimes and has given a number of invited keynote lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of policy and intellectual property related topics. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in United Kingdom and is a recipient of several international awards and grants, including a grant from the United States Department of Justice for studying issues related to intellectual property violations and a grant from the State Department of the United States for studying issues related to technology and intellectual property crimes in Eastern and Central Europe. Professor Nasheri is the author of five books, including Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying (Cambridge University Press), Crime and Justice in the Age of Court TV and Betrayal of Due Process, as well as numerous articles and monographs. Her research has been cited by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvement, the Australian Parliament, the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal, the United Nations' Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the South African Law Commission, and the United States Code, Annotated. Nasheri serves on the Scientific Committee of Technology Against Crime Forum and serves on the International Working Group on the Cyber Security and the Law, under the patronage of the Interpol and the French Ministry of the Interior. She served as an editor and serves on the editorial board of several of international journals. She served as the Chair of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. Atossa Alavi
General Counsel, Alphamicron. Inc.

Mark E. Avsec
Partner and Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff

Ryan Bocskay
Vice President, Business Affairs, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television

Joseph D. Dreher
Partner, Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & McKee

Teresan W. Gilbert
Chief IP Counsel, Lubrizol Corporation

Kate Hoffmeyer
Instructor, Cleveland Museum of Art

Chris Hunter
Associate General Counsel - Intellectual Property
Parker-Hannifin Corporation

Joseph Jankowski
Chief Innovation Officer, Technology Management,
Technology Transfer Office, Case Western Reserve University

Jason A. Korosec
Group Head, Payments Lead at MasterCard Advisors, LLC

Karl M. Maersch
Associate General Counsel & Vice President, Legal, Dow Chemical, Inc.

Daniel J. McMullen
Chair, Information Technology Practice Group, Calfee, Halter & Griswold

Christina Moser
Partner, BakerHostetler, LLP

Sandra M. Ortiz
Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Twentieth Century Fox

David Shall
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Vuguru, Inc.

Richard S. Wesorick
Co-managing partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Jonathan Wood
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
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