- First Amendment
- Intellectual Property
- Patent Law
Hillary Greene is the Zephaniah Swift Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research and teaching interests focus upon First Amendment Law, antitrust/competition policy, and patent law.
Greene’s recent research has identified and explored the intersection of antitrust and the First Amendment. Two problems arising at this intersection concern threatened First Amendment “muzzling of antitrust” and “antitrust censorship of speech.” The former concerns problems the inadequate protection of competition values that can arise from efforts to claim First Amendment immunity to antitrust challenges to redesigns of information products (e.g., Internet search engines). The latter concerns inadequate protection of the First Amendment that can result when antitrust principles are applied in a conventional manner to expressive boycotts involving potentially anticompetitive speech, speech that is both economically self-interested and politically motivated.
She has also explored the intersection of antitrust and administrative law which gives rise to “guideline institutionalization.” In such a process supposedly nonbinding federal antitrust merger guidelines become valued for more than just the persuasive power of their ideas. Another article focuses on the vaccine industry’s ability to address emerging diseases given patent rights that are fragmented or shrouded by technological uncertainty.
Professor Greene’s scholarship has incorporated empirical research and reflects various influences including discourse theory, law & economics and sociology. She was co-Principal Investigator on an National Science Foundation grant, “The Reach of the Visible Hand: Government Acknowledgments in US Patents and Technological Change, 1975-2015.”
Professor Greene served as the inaugural director of the Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic from 2007 to 2012. Previously, Professor Greene worked as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York working primarily on First Amendment and antitrust matters. She then served as acting deputy assistant general counsel for policy studies and as the project director for intellectual property at the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of the General Counsel.
Professor Greene previously served as Chair of the executive committee of the American Association of Law School’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section and is a Contributing Editor on the Antitrust Law Journal’s editorial board.
Professor Greene is a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in her major – Economics and Political Science).