Daniel Cahoy

Professor of Business Law
Department: Risk Management
Office: 310 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-6205
Fax: 814-865-6284
E-mail: DanCahoy@psu.edu
Member of Faculty Since: 2001


Dan Cahoy specializes in the teaching and study of intellectual property law, as well as related issues in technology law and general business law concepts. He has published numerous articles in academic law journals on topics such as IP and alternative energy policy, FDA regulatory policy, reforming the U.S. patent system, the use of contracts to extend limited intellectual property rights, and the use of experimental economics to improve jury studies. In 2007, Professor Cahoy was awarded the Junior Faculty Award of Excellence, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business's highest award for a junior faculty member. During the fall 2009 semester, Professor Cahoy was in residence at the University of Ottawa in Canada serving as the Fulbright Visiting Chair in International Humanitarian Law. He served on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed American Business Law Journal from 2005-2010, including as the Editor-in-Chief from 2009-2010, and now acts in an advisory capacity. Professor Cahoy is currently the President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Professor Cahoy is a patent attorney, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to the New York State Bar and several federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining the University, Cahoy practiced in New York City at the large intellectual property-oriented law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where he specialized in complex patent litigation. He gained extensive experience in the development and protection of intellectual property rights in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology arts while working for such clients as Pfizer, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and Bausch & Lomb Incorporated. He is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Current Research

Professor Cahoy is currently pursuing a number of projects related to the impact of property and intellectual property rights on natural gas extraction (fracking) and climate change (sustainable) technologies.  He is also investigating aspects of university patent ownership, including license restrictions and the impact on stakeholders.

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General Intellectual Property Law
Patent Law and Innovation
Pharmaceutical Regulation
Intellectual Property Valuation
Sustainability and Law

Publication List

Daniel Cahoy, Anthony Kwasnica and Luis Lopez, "The Place for Auctions in University Intellectual Property Transactions", Duquesne Law Review, Forthcoming, 2015.

Andrew Kleit and Daniel Cahoy, "Contingent Efficiency in Natural Gas Leases", Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, Forthcoming, 2015.

Daniel Cahoy, "Toward a Fair Social Use Framework for University Intellectual Property", Journal of College and University Law, 2015, 41, 485-530.

Robert Bird and Daniel Cahoy, "Human Rights, technology and Food: Coordinating Access and Innovation for 2050 and Beyond", American Business Law Journal, 2015, 52, 435-500.

Robert Bird, Daniel R. Cahoy & Lucien Dhooge, "Corporate Voluntarism and Liability for Human Rights in a Post-Kiobel World", Kentucky Law Journal, 2014, Vol. 102, No. 3, 601-651.

Cahoy, et al., "Fracking Patents: The Emergence of Patents as Information Containment Tools in Shale Drilling", Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, 2013, Vol. 19, Number 2, 279-330.

Bubela et al. (with Daniel Cahoy), "Patent Landscaping for Life Sciences Innovation: Toward Consistent and Transparent Practices", Nature Biotechnology, 2013, Vol. 31, Number 3, 202-206.

Daniel Cahoy, "Inverse Enclosure: Abdicating the Green Technology Landscape", American Business Law Journal, 2012, Vol. 49, Number 4, 805-807.

Daniel Cahoy, "Breaking Patents", Michigan Journal of International Law, 2011, Vol. 32, Number 3, 461-509.

Daniel Cahoy, "Editor's Corner: Considerations in the Rise of Empirical Legal Scholarship", American Business Law Journal, 2010, Vol. 47, Number 3, pp. v-ix.

Daniel Cahoy & Leland Glenna, "Private Ordering and Public Energy Innovation Policy", Florida State University Law Review, 2009, Vol. 36, Number 3, 416-458.

Leland Glenna and Daniel Cahoy, "Agribusiness Concentration, Intellectual Property, and the Prospects for Rural Economic Benefits from the Emerging Biofuel Economy", Southern Rural Sociology, 2009, Vol. 24, Number 2, 111-129.

Robert Bird and Daniel Cahoy, "The Impact of Compulsory Licensing on Foreign Direct Investment: A Collective Bargaining Approach", American Business Law Journal, 2008, Vol. 45, Number 2, 283-330.

Daniel Cahoy, "Confronting Myths and Myopia On The Road From Doha", Georgia Law Review, 2007, Vol. 42, Number 1, 131-192.

Daniel Cahoy (with Robert Bird), "The Emerging BRIC Economies: Lessons from Intellectual Property Negotiation and Enforcement", Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, 2007, Vol. 5, Number 3, pp. 400-425.

Daniel Cahoy, "Medical Product Information Incentives and the Transparency Paradox", Indiana Law Journal, 2007, Vol. 82, Number 3, 623-671.

Daniel Cahoy, "Patent Fences and Constitutional Fence Posts: Property Barriers to Pharmaceutical Importation", Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, 2005, Vol. 15, Number 2, 623-708.

Daniel Cahoy and Min Ding, "Using Experimental Economics to Peek into the Black Box of Jury Behavior: A Proposal for Jury Research Reform", So. Cal. Interdisciplinary Law Journal, 2004, Vol. 14, Number 2, 31-66.

Daniel Cahoy, "Oasis or Mirage?: Efficient Breach as a Relief to the Burden of Contractual Recapture of Patent and Copyright Limitations", Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 2003, Vol. 17, Number2, 136-138.

Daniel Cahoy, "Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game: How the Prospective Application of Judicial Determinations Related to Intellectual Property can Promote Economic Efficiency", American Business Law Journal, 2003, Vol. 41, Number 1, 1-66.

Media Mention

Trials Begin over Wyeth Menopause Drug,  Los Angeles Times

Bloomberg on the Money,  Bloomberg Radio News

Pennsylvania Inside Out ,  WPSU Television

Wyeth Vows to Fight All Menopause Drug Suits,  International Herald Tribune

Pennsylvania Researchers Say The Importation Of Low-Cost Drugs From Canada Is Far More Difficult Than Many Realize,  United Press International

States May Face Liability for Importing Drugs,  Patently-O

Fast Food and Fat Lawsuits,  WTAJ-TV

Justice (c) (TM),  Phenomena

Licensing & Collaborations for Tamiflu Patent,  Genetic Engineering News

Study Urges Drug Patent Licensing Revision,  United Press International

A Bridge Too Far,  Envisage Magazine

Barnes & Noble's Nook Uses Stolen Technology,  Allentown Morning Call

Flurry of patents could hinder chemical research, legal experts warn,  EnergyWire


American Business Law Journal (Editor-in-Chief)


J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1998

B.A., Biology, University of Iowa, 1991


B LAW 445, Intellectual Property and Competition Law

B LAW 525, Business Law for Innovation

B LAW 341, Business Law I