Recent Major Publications
Planning for Pandemic and Epidemic-Related Drug Scarcity, in Intellectual Property, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems, Developing Cures (Sun & Sunder, eds) (forthcoming, Cambridge U. Press 2023) (with Ana Santos Rutschman)
Contractual Solutions to Overcome Drug Scarcity During Pandemics and Epidemics, 40 Nature Biotech. 301-303 (March 2022) (with Ana Santos Rutschman)
Compulsory Licensing of Patents During Pandemics, 54 Conn. L. Rev. 57 (2022)
Judging Patents, 62 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 871 (2021)
Patent Law's Balance of Power, 104 Iowa L. Rev. 2511 (2019)
Innovation Nationalism, 51 Conn. L. Rev. 205 (2019)
Other Recent Publications
Using Contracts to Lessen Inequities in Access to Medicines in Pandemics and Epidemics, Bill of Health (March 25, 2022) (with Ana Santos Rutschman)
Reducing Drug Scarcity During Pandemics and Epidemics Through Contracts, Nature Health Community (March 18, 2022) (with Ana Santos Rutschman)
Promoting Public Health Through State Sovereign Immunity, 4 J. L. & Innov. 1 (2021)
WTO Global Health: Shifting away from a Punishment Mindset, PatentlyO (May 9, 2021)
Pandemic Drug Shortages: Is Compulsory Licensing the Answer?, PatentlyO (Jan. 28, 2021)
Judge-Made Solutions to Patent Litigation, 18 Chi. Kent L. J. 508 (2019) (invited)
Amicus Brief of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association in Support of Neither Party, WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., 16-1011 (with Ifti Ahmed) (2018)
Trial Court Specialization for Patent Cases, Estop and Stay Awhile: The Interaction of Administrative and Article III Courts in Intellectual Property, Texas Intell. Prop. L. Journal Symposium (2022).
Panelist, Recent Trends in Granting Compulsory Licenses, 2021 International IP Court Conference (South Korea) (2021)
New Licensing Avenues to Promote Public Health (with Ana Santos Rutschman), Intellectual Property, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems, Developing Cures, Hong Kong U. Law & Georgetown Law (2021)
Order of Barons Professor of the Year (2022)
Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant Recipient (Spring 2019)
University of Houston 50 in 5 Scholar (2018)
German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship Recipient (2018)
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John Mixon Chair in Law
Univ. of Houston Law Center
Professor Kumar has written extensively about administrative law and international law issues relating to patents. She is a 2018-2019 Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant recipient, under which she researched the use of technically-trained patent judges at the University of Strasbourg's Center for International Intellectual Property Studies in France and at the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Germany.
Professor Kumar received her J.D. at the University of Chicago, where she served as a staff member of the University of Chicago Law Review. She clerked for Judge Kenneth Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.