Charles Duan


Charles Duan is a senior fellow and associate director of tech & innovation policy at the R Street Institute, where he focuses his research on intellectual property issues.

Before joining R Street in January 2018, Charles was the director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge, where he handled all aspects of patent policy ranging from outreach on the Hill to writing white papers and filing amicus briefs. Prior to this, he was a research associate to Professor Paul Ohm on an NSF-funded project that investigated the policy implications of newly proposed Internet architectures. He also worked as a patent attorney at Knobbe Martens.

Charles is the author of A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform (2014).

He received his associate bachelor in computer science from Harvard College, and his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

Charles lives Washington, D.C. with his wife, two kids and their cat.

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Phone: 202.900.8247 (D)