Daniel R. Cahoy is the Robert G. and Caroline Schwartz Professor at Penn State Smeal College of Business and research director of Smeal’s Center for the Business of Sustainability.
Dan specializes in the teaching and research of intellectual property law, as well as general business law concepts. He has published numerous articles in academic law journals on topics such as IP and alternative energy policy, business and human rights, FDA regulatory policy, reforming the U.S. patent system, the use of contracts to extend limited intellectual property rights, and the use of experimental economics to improve jury studies. Professor Cahoy served on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed American Business Law Journal from 2005-2010, including as the Editor-in-Chief, and is a Past President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2021, Professor Cahoy was awarded the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn State’s highest award for tenured faculty members engaged in undergraduate instruction.
Professor Cahoy’s current research concerns issues such as the intersection of intellectual property enforcement and human rights, patent ownership in alternative energy technologies, and mechanisms for increasing the relevance of patent landscapes. In general, he has an interest in pursuing projects related to the legal and regulatory rules that create economic incentives for desirable business behavior.Professor Cahoy is a patent attorney, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to the New York State Bar and several federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
He received his JD from the University of New Hampshire and his BA in Biology from The University of Iowa.