Wissam Aoun

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic

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Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: George J. Asher Law Clinic Center
Room: Clinic
Phone: (313) 596-9847
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Areas of Expertise:
Intellectual Property Law
Patent Rights
Patents: Engineering Education and Issues
Trademark Law


Professor Aoun joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 2015 as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic . Prior to joining Detroit Mercy Law, he spent 5 years as Intellectual Property Clinical Director at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Professor Aoun is an award winning lecturer, having taught courses in all areas of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyright and commercialization of technology. Professor Aoun was the 2013 and 2014 Lecturer in International Comparative Patent Law at Monash University in Prato, Italy.

After completing law school, Professor Aoun worked with several intellectual property law firms in both the United States and Canada. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in various areas of technology including automotive, biotech and LED-technologies for clients ranging from sole inventors to large multi-national corporations. Furthermore, he is experienced in trade-mark application, prosecution and opposition, having developed and managed trade-mark portfolios for corporate clients in the cosmetic, food manufacturing, packaging and clothing industries.

As the former Manager of Technology Transfer for a major Canadian University, Professor Aoun gained significant experience in the negotiation and preparation of contractual agreements pertaining to intellectual property rights, including licensing agreements, multi-party collaborative R&D agreements and joint venture agreements.

Professor Aoun has published numerous articles and policy papers pertaining to intellectual property and technology commercialization topics, including university intellectual property ownership policies and intellectual property clinical education. Professor Aoun's current research interests include international intellectual property clinical education, intellectual property practice performance standards and the international regulation of intellectual property practice.