Herbert Hovenkamp

Herbert Hovenkamp is the James G. Dinan University Professor, Professor of Law, and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics. With appointments in Wharton and Penn Carey Law, Hovenkamp works at the intersection of antitrust law, legal history, business, patents, and innovation

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Herbert Hovenkamp is internationally known for his scholarship on antitrust law and policy: award-winning work that has guided numerous federal and Supreme Court decisions, shaping the course of legal history. Hovenkamp is also an award-winning teacher whose mentorship has helped many students prepare for illustrious careers as lawyers and judges in courtrooms across the country.

Dubbed “the dean of American anti-trust law” in a 2011 New York Times article, Hovenkamp received the 2008 John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in recognition of his extraordinary contribution “to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty.” He is an appointed fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies.

Hovenkamp’s dozen-plus books include the landmark 21-volume treatise, Antitrust Law, which is the most-cited anti-trust authority in the country. Federal courts have cited this treatise in the determination of more than 1,000 cases, including more than 50 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Co-authored in 1978, it has been in print for nearly four decades, through four editions and ongoing annual supplements that keep the seminal work up to date.

With appointments at Wharton and Penn Carey Law, Hovenkamp will leverage the full breadth of his interdisciplinary knowledge to understand and anticipate the evolution of antitrust law as it applies to the changing landscape of business, innovation, and technology.

  • Antitrust Law
  • Torts
  • 20th Century American Legal History
  • Innovation and Competition Policy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Business History


Antitrust Law (21 volumes) 4th ed., 2016 (with the late Phillip Areeda and the late Donald Turner)

The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought 1870-1970, 2015

Creation without Restraint: Promoting Liberty and Rivalry in Innovation, 2012 (with Christina Bohannan)

Federal Antitrust Policy: The Law of Competition and its Practice, 5th ed., 2015

The Making of Competition Policy: Legal and Economic Sources, 2013 (ed., with Dan Crane)

The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution, 2006

Enterprise and American Law, 1991

IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law, 3rd ed., 2017 

Innovation and Competition Policy: Cases and Materials, 2nd ed., 2013

Fundamentals of Antitrust Law, 4th ed., 2011

Antitrust Law, Policy, and Procedure, 7th ed., 2014 (with E. Thomas Sullivan, Howard Shelanski, and Christopher Leslie)

Economics and Federal Antitrust Law, 1985

American Property Law, 6th ed., 2012 (with Carol Brown)

The Law of Property: An Introductory Survey, 7th ed., 2014 (with Kurtz and Gallanis)

Science and Religion in America: 1800-1860, 1978


Academic Writings (Selected)

Appraising Merger Efficiencies,” Faculty Scholarship 1762 (2017)

The Progressive State,” 102 Iowa Law Review 1063 (2017)

Roger Blair and the Goals of Antitrust,” Antitrust Bulletin (2016)

Buying Monopoly: Antitrust Limits on Damages for Externally Acquired Patents,” Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (2017) (with Erik N. Hovenkamp)

Re-Imagining Antitrust: the Revisionist Work of Richard S. Markovits,” 94 Texas Law Review 1221 (2016)

Patent Exhaustion and Federalism: A Historical Note,” 102 Virginia Law Review Online 25 (2016)

The Emergence of Classical Patent Law,” 58 Arizona Law Review 263 (2016)

Antitrust Balancing,” 12 NYU Journal of Law & Business 369 (2016)

Antitrust and Information Technologies,” 68 Florida Law Review 419 (2017)

Intellectual Property and Competition,” in Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property (2016)

Patent Pools and Related Technology Sharing,” in Cambridge University Press Antitrust Intellectual Property and High Tech Handbook (2016) (with Erik N. Hovenkamp)

For a full list of publications visit Dr. Hovenkamp’s CV

Features (Selected)

Herbert Hovenkamp Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor,” Penn News, June 14, 2017

Iowa Antitrust Expert Hovenkamp Decamps For UPenn,” Law 360, June 16, 2017

Videos (Selected)

The 2012 Milton Handler Lecture: The Intersection of Antitrust Law and Innovation Policy, New York City Bar Association, March 5, 2012

Intellectual Property Law and the Biosciences Conference: Exhaustion, International Sales, and Downstream Control, the Stanford Program in Law Science and Technology , May 21, 2012

James G. Dinan


James G. Dinan, W’81, and his wife, Elizabeth Miller, created the James G. Dinan University Professorship in 2015.  James Dinan is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Overseers for the Wharton School.


Herbert Hovenkamp was named the James G. Dinan University Professor in July 2017.

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • PhD., University of Texas (American Civilization)
  • M.A., University of Texas (American Literature)
  • B.A., Calvin College 


Professional Positions & Affiliations (Selected)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow
  • American Council of Learned Societies, fellow
  • American Society for Legal History, member
  • GMU School of Law Global Antitrust Institute, advisory board member
  • UCL Centre for Law, Economics, and Society, advisory board member
  • The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition, board member
  • Competition Policy International, editorial board member
  • Journal of Competition Law and Economics, advisory board member
  • Harvard UP, Oxford UP, Yale UP, Aspen Pub., MIT Press, Routledge, Edward Elgar Pub., Journal of Legal Studies, Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Iowa Law Review, referee 
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