B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1994

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000

Research Interests

  • Intersection of science and law
  • Intellectual property


Eric E. Johnson is the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. His courses include Torts, Science and Law, Antitrust, and Intellectual Property. Professor Johnson’s research concentrates on intellectual property and on science and risk, with publications including the Washington Post, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and New Scientist magazine. His work was selected for the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum in 2013. And Johnson is the author of Torts: Cases & Context, a free and open-source casebook on tort law. Before coming to OU, Johnson was on the faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was twice selected by students as the keynote speaker for UND Law’s graduation banquet, and where he was selected by the Class of 2018 to give the Commencement Address with Kit Johnson. Before his academic career, Johnson was a litigation associate at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where he worked on intellectual property and general commercial matters. His clients included Paramount, MTV, CBS, Touchstone, Immersion Corporation, and the bankruptcy estate of After working at Irell, Johnson was an in-house attorney at Fox Cable Networks, negotiating and drafting deals for the Fox Sports cable networks. Johnson received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was an instructor for the first-year course in legal reasoning and argument. He received his B.A. with highest honors and special honors from the Plan II Honors program at the University of Texas at Austin. Johnson archives course materials on his website, and his online exam archive includes dozens of essay exams and more than 150 multiple-choice questions.

Additional Information


  • Antitrust 5703
  • Intellectual Property Survey 6213
  • Science & Law Seminar 6700
  • Torts 5144

Disentangling the Right of Publicity
111 Northwestern University Law Review 891

The Case for Eliminating Patent Law’s Inequitable Conduct Defense
117 Columbia Law Review Online 1

Agencies and Science-Experiment Risk
2016 University of Illinois Law Review 527

The Economics and Sociality of Sharing Intellectual Property Rights
94 Boston University Law Review 1935

Intellectual Property and the Incentive Fallacy
39 Florida State University Law Review 623

Negligence's X Factor
2012 Cardozo Law Review de novo 318

A Populist Manifesto for Learning the Law
60 Journal of Legal Education 41

Intellectual Property’s Need for a Disability Perspective
20 George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal 181

Trade Secret Subject Matter
33 Hamline Law Review 545

The NFL, Intellectual Property, and the Conquest of Sports Media
86 North Dakota Law Review 759

The Black Hole Case: The Injunction Against the End of the World
76 Tennessee Law Review 819

Rethinking Sharing Licenses for the Entertainment Media
26 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 391

Calibrating Patent Lifetimes
22 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 269

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