Andrew Chin

Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law

(919) 962-4116
5079 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Computer Law
  • Contracts
  • Disability Law
  • Economics and the Law
  • Election Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Internet Law
  • Legal Education
  • Media Law
  • Patent Law
  • Philosophy and the Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Science and Technology Law
  • Securities Law


Andrew Chin joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2001 and serves as the Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law. His teaching and research interests include intellectual property, antitrust, technology, business, contract, and election law. Chin’s articles and book chapters have pioneered the application of many novel quantitative approaches to adjudicating and analyzing issues across these diverse legal fields. His work has appeared in the Harvard Journal on Law and Technology, Washington Law Review, Alabama Law Review, and Jurimetrics, among others. He has authored and filed numerous amicus curiae briefs in major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
After earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and teaching at Texas A&M University, King’s College London, and the University of Texas, Chin attended Yale Law School, where he was a notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Chin clerked for Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP prior to joining Carolina Law.


  • J.D., Yale University (1998)
  • Ph.D., Oxford University (1991)
  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin (1987)

Selected Publications

The Signature of Gerrymandering in Rucho v. Common Cause (with G. Herschlag & J. Mattingly) 70 S.C. L. REV. 1241 (2019).
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Surgically Precise But Kinematically Abstract Patents, 55 HOUS. L. REV. 267 (2017).
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The Learned Hand Unformula for Short-Swing Liability, 91 WASH. L REV. 1523 (2016).
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Teaching Patents as Real Options, 95 N.C. L. REV. 1433 (2017) (symposium).
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Ghost in the New Machine: How Alice Exposed Software Patenting's Category Mistake, 16 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 623 (2015).
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Differential Privacy as a Response to the Reidentification Threat: The Facebook Advertiser Case Study (A. Chin and A. Klinefelter), 90 N.C. L. REV. 1417 (2012).
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The Ontological Function of the Patent Document, 74 U. PITT. L. REV. 263 (2012).
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Artful Prior Art and the Quality of DNA Patents, 57 ALA. L. REV. 975 (2006).
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Decoding Microsoft: A First Principles Approach, 40 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 1 (2005).
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Antitrust Analysis in Software Product Markets: A First Principles Approach, 18 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2004).
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