Faculty Profiles

Margo A. Bagley

Margo A. Bagley

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Biotechnology, Intellectual Property, Patent Law

Bagley rejoins the Emory faculty after ten years at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was most recently the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law and the Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law. She is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law.

Bagley received her JD in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, an editor of the Emory Law Journal, and elected to Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Georgia bar and is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Bagley worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner before becoming an assistant professor of law at Emory University in 1999 and associate professor in 2002. She was a visiting professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law in fall 2001 and at the University of Virginia School of Law in fall 2005, after which she joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006. She has also taught international patent law and related courses in China, Cuba, Germany, Israel, and Singapore.  Bagley has been an occasional visiting professor at Emory Law since 2012.

Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue. She is also an expert technical advisor to the Government of Mozambique in several World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) matters and is the Lead Facilitator and Friend of the Chair in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore. Bagley also was a member of the Scientific Committee of the 2013 European Policy on Intellectual Property Conference in Paris, France.  Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and technology transfer.  Bagley has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as two books with co-authors: Bagley, Okediji and Erstling, International Patent Law & Policy (West Publishing 2013) and Patent Law in Global Perspective (Okediji and Bagley eds., Oxford University Press 2014). She also recently authored a report on Digital DNA: Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property Treaties, and the Nagoya Protocol, commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  A chemical engineer with a B.S. Ch.E. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley worked in industry (with the Procter & Gamble Company and the Coca Cola Company) for several years before attending law school, and is a co-inventor on a patent for reduced fat peanut butter.  Her courses include U.S. and international & comparative patent law, trademark law, and intellectual property.


Ruth L. Okediji & Margo A. Bagley (eds.), Patent Law in Global Perspective, (Oxford University Press 2014).

Margo A. Bagley, Ruth L. Okediji & Jay A. Erstling, International Patent Law and Policy (West Publishing 2013). 

Book Chapters

“Grant Me Justice Against My Adversary”: What Parables Can Teach Us About Organic Seed Growers & Trade Assoc. v. Monsanto, in Irene Calboli and Srividyha Ragavan eds. Diversity in Intellectual Property:  Identities, Interests, and Intersections (Cambridge University Press 2015).

Patent Barbarians at the Gate: The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How of U.S. Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Challenges, in Patent Law in Global Perspective, (Oxford University Press 2014). 

Commissioned Reports

Margo A. Bagley, Digital DNA: Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property Treaties, and The Nagoya Protocol (2015) (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars). 

Margo A. Bagley & Arti K. Rai, The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology: A Look at the Potential Impacts (2013) (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).