Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993).
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FavoriteWilliam W. Fisher, Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment (Stanford Univ. Press 2004).
FavoriteWilliam W. Fisher, Texts and Contexts: The Application to American Legal History of the Methodologies of Intellectual History, 49 Stan. L. Rev. 1065 (1997).
- William W. Fisher, Ruth Okediji & Padmashree Gehl Sampath, Fostering Production of Pharmaceutical Products in Developing Countries, 43 Mich. J. Int’l L. (2022).
- William W. Fisher, Why Is Traditional Knowledge Different from All Other Intellectual Property?, 58 Washburn L.J. 365 (2019).
- William W. Fisher, Toward Global Protection for Traditional Knowledge (CIGI Papers No. 198, Nov. 2018).