Christopher Sprigman

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Lexington Avenue 425
New York 10017 NY US

Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman is Counsel in the Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Chris has substantial experience in complex intellectual property matters, and particularly in the areas of copyright and trademark law.

His scholarship focuses on how the law affects innovation and the deployment of new technologies. Chris is a tenured faculty member and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, where he teaches intellectual property law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law.

From 1999 to 2001, Chris served as appellate counsel in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on U.S. v. Microsoft.  Subsequently, he worked in private practice until he left to become a Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. In 2005, he joined the University of Virginia Law School faculty and then moved to NYU School of Law in 2013.

Chris is the author of numerous articles both in law reviews and in the popular press, as well as a book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Chris received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a comments editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and graduated with honors. Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1993 J.D.
    • with honors; Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1988 B.A. (History)
    • magna cum laude


  • Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1993-1994
  • Justice Lourens H.W. Ackermann, Constitutional Court of South Africa 1998-1999


  • New York 1995
  • District of Columbia 2002


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