Assistant Professor, School of Law
- Intellectual Property, Torts, Conflict of Laws, Remedies
- Email: nikola.datzov@UND.edu
Law School Room 130
215 Centennial Drive Stop 9003
Grand Forks ND 58202-9003
Professor Datzov teaches courses in Intellectual Property, Torts, Remedies, and Conflict of Laws. Since joining the law faculty in 2020, he has distinguished himself as a passionate and engaging teacher in the classroom, receiving numerous awards for his innovative teaching methods. In 2022, Professor Datzov was honored as a Teacher of the Year by the Association of American Law Schools, received UND's award for Exemplary Course Development and Instruction, and was awarded the UND School of Law Randy H. Lee Faculty Award. Professor Datzov's research and scholarly interests relate to artificial intelligence (AI), patent subject matter eligibility, and the intersection between technology and different areas of intellectual property law.
Before entering academia, Professor Datzov practiced law at a large firm in Minneapolis, focusing his national practice on intellectual property litigation, artificial intelligence, and anti-counterfeiting. In his practice, he litigated high-stakes cases in federal courts throughout the country and argued cases in federal court at the district court level and on appeal. Leveraging his science background, he also represented parties before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, successfully challenging numerous invalid patents. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Leo I. Brisbois of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
As the product of a family of engineers, Professor Datzov has a deep passion and interest for technology and computer science beyond the law. Before law school, he worked as a computer programmer and technology consultant. As an undergraduate student, Professor Datzov published his project of designing and implementing a car entertainment system, before such systems became mainstream in the automotive industry. He also has spent time designing, constructing, and implementing water-cooled systems for computers and home automation technologies.
Professor Datzov earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (summa cum laude) from the University of South Dakota and his Juris Doctorate (summa cum laude) from Hamline University School of Law. During law school, he served as a Managing Editor for the law review and won a national championship in moot court, along with individual honors for Best Oralist.
Intellectual Property, Artificial Intelligence, Computers/Technology, Patent Law