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Beth Cate

Associate Professor

Beth Cate is an Associate Professor with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She graduated (cum laude) with her J.D. from Harvard and earned her B.A. in economics (summa cum laude) from George Washington University.  Cate joined the SPEA faculty after serving for 13 years as Associate General Counsel to Indiana University. As AGC, intellectual property law and policy were among her primary practice areas, and she regularly advised on matters involving issues of copyright, patent, trademark, and technology transfer. Before joining Indiana University in 1998, Beth served as a Law Clerk for The Honorable S. Jay Plager of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; served as in-house counsel to Eli Lilly and Company’s U.S. operations; and practiced law with the firm of McKenna & Cuneo (now McKenna Long & Aldridge) in Washington D.C., focusing on civil litigation and international trade.  Professor Cate’s scholarly interests include the role and efficacy of law in promoting innovation and shaping an intellectual property commons; law and policy surrounding access to and use of personal information; the use of digital technologies in developing and enforcing law; and the influence and role of religion in governance and public life.

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