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John Barton, the George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School, passed away yesterday.

There is an enormous shortage of clear-minded and pragmatic thinkers on intellectual property, trade, and development; the population of those as brilliant and decent as John was unfortunately singular. The world is a poorer place for his passing, but he leaves behind a legacy of scholarship and service that will be of abiding benefit to many. Among his more recent efforts:

As importantly, John also leaves behind his many former students, like me, whose interests, careers, and lives have been much shaped by his 40 years of teaching and mentorship. My heart goes out to the Barton family and the Stanford Law School community in general.

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