Clark D. Asay

Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs, Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law

Professor Clark Asay joined the BYU Law faculty in June 2014. Before coming to BYU, Professor Asay was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Shughart Scholar at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law from 2012-2014. Prior to entering legal academia, Professor Asay worked at Amazon’s Lab126 and supported the Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Amazon Fire teams. Professor Asay also worked at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he practiced in the field of technology transactions and intellectual property licensing.

Professor Asay’s research and teaching interests focus on intellectual property law, technology, and innovation. He has published papers relating to patents, copyright, open source software licensing, and information privacy. He has taught courses on intellectual property law, information privacy, and contracts.

Professor Asay is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was an Executive Editor for the Stanford Law Review. Professor Asay also earned an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and a BA, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

Courses Taught

  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property Colloquium
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law


  • J.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., University of Cambridge
  • B.A., Brigham Young University

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Rethinking Copyright Harmonization, Indiana Law Journal (forthcoming 2021). [SSRN]
  • Risk Taking and Rights Balancing in Intellectual Property Law, 53 Akron L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]
  • Independent Creation in a World of AI, FIU Law Review (forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]
  • Artificial Stupidity, 61 William & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]
  • Is Transformative Use Eating the World?, 61 Boston College L. Rev. 905 (2020) (with Arielle Sloan & Dean Sobczak). [SSRN]
  • Saving Software’s Fair Use Future, 31 Harvard J.L. & Tech. 535 (2018) (with Pamela Samuelson). [SSRN]
  • Patent Schisms, 104 Iowa L. Rev. 45 (2018). [SSRN]
  • Patenting Elasticities, 91 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2017). [SSRN]
  • Transformative Use in Software, 70 Stan. L. Rev. Online 9 (2017). [SSRN]
  • Patent Pacifism, 85 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 645 (2017). [SSRN]
  • Software’s Copyright Anticommons, 66 Emory L.J. 265 (2017). [SSRN]
  • The Informational Effects of Patent Pledges, Patent Pledges: Global Perspectives on Patent Law’s Private Ordering Frontier 227 (Jorge L. Contreras & Meredith Jacobs, eds., 2017). [SSRN]
  • The Informational Value of Patents, 31 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 259 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Does Innovation Mean Patent Licensing Demands?, 101 Iowa L. Rev. Online 74 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Intellectual Property Law Hybridization, 87 U. Colo. L. Rev. 65 (2016). [SSRN]
  • Copyright’s Technological Interdependencies, 18 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 189 (2015). [SSRN]
  • Enabling Patentless Innovation, 74 Md. L. Rev. 431 (2015). [SSRN]
  • Keeping Low Sanctions Low, 66 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 5 (2015) (invited response to Irina D. Manta, The High Cost of Low Sanctions, 66 Fla. L. Rev. 157 (2015). [SSRN]
  • Ex-Post Incentives and IP in Garcia v. Google and Beyond, 67 Stan. L. Rev. Online 37 (2014). [SSRN]
  • A Case for the Public Domain, 74 Ohio St. L.J. 753 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Kirtsaeng and the First-Sale Doctrine’s Digital Problem, 66 Stan. L. Rev. Online 17 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Consumer Information Privacy and the Problem(s) of Third-Party Disclosures, 11 NW. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 321 (2013). [SSRN]
  • The General Public License Version 3.0: Making or Breaking the FOSS Movement?, 14 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 265 (2008). Reprinted in: OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE AND COMMON CONCERNS 73 (A.G. Aravind Reddy ed., 2009). [SSRN]

Amicus Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae 42 Intellectual Property Law Professors in Support of Defendant-Cross Appellant Google Inc., Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Nos. 2017-1118, -1202 (Fed. Cir. May 30, 2017). [SSRN]