Salvatore B. Gianino

Intellectual Property

Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic


J.D., Washington University (2007)
B.S., University of Missouri (Industrial Engineering) (2004)


As the Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic at WashULaw, Professor Gianino teaches a clinic seminar and supervises clinic students in providing legal services to the community on a pro bono basis in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and right of publicity.

Professor Gianino also teaches a course entitled Foundations of Intellectual Property, which covers the philosophical and legal foundations of intellectual property in America. The course compares various philosophers in terms of their theories on property, and the course examines the early development of intellectual property law in America, focusing on the historical context surrounding Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution.

Additionally, in the law school’s graduate degree programs, Professor Gianino previously taught a legal writing course and currently teaches a course entitled Survey of Intellectual Property. The survey course examines legal requirements for obtaining and enforcing a patent, a copyright, a trade secret, and a trademark, with an emphasis on teaching students how to distinguish different types intellectual property from one another.

Professor Gianino’s research interests are in the history of intellectual property. His research is currently focused on the historical treatment of intellectual property in eighteenth-century America, particularly during the era of the American Revolution.