The Honorable F. Scott Kieff was a Commissioner of the US International Trade Commission from October 2013 through June 2017. At Kieff Strategies LLC, he helps private firms in technology, finance, business, and law best engage their external competitive and regulatory landscapes while optimizing their approaches to internal operations, management, governance, and compliance. He also serves as an advisor and expert witness for high stakes commercial disputes within and across tribunals and national boundaries; as an internal investigator and crisis manager; and as a neutral mediator, arbitrator, and compliance monitor for private parties or on appointment by courts and other tribunals or overseers.

A frequent public speaker and author of numerous books and articles, he is also the Stevenson Bernard Professor at the George Washington University Law School. He has held full-time and visiting faculty and faculty-fellow positions in the law schools at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, in the Washington University Medical School’s Department of Neurological Surgery, in the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute, in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard, and for many years was a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His expertise includes international trade and business; intellectual property; antitrust; finance and securities regulation; bankruptcy; biotechnology and medicine; governance; cyber; privacy; and security.

He has served as an advisor to high-level government offices during the Bush, Obama, and Trump Presidential Administrations on national security and economics.

He previously practiced law as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York, Jenner & Block in Chicago, and McKool Smith in DC, and as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich. Originally from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, he studied law at the University of Pennsylvania and molecular biology and microeconomics at MIT. He was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March 2012.


  • Principles of Patent Law, Foundation Press, 7th 2018, co-authored
  • Perspectives on Patentable Subject Matter, Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-authored
  • Perspectives on Financing Innovation, Routledge Press, 2014, co-authored
  • Perspectives on Commercializing Innovation, Cambridge University Press, 2011, co-authored
  • Perspectives on Corporate Governance, Cambridge University Press, 2010, co-authored
  • International, United States, and European Intellectual Property, 2nd 2011, co-authored
  • Perspectives on Properties of the Human Genome Project, Academic Press/Elsevier, 2003