Lee A. Hollaar is a Professor in the School of Computing (formerly
the Department of Computer Science) at the University of Utah. Professor
Hollaar's interests include text handling and retrieval, distributed
systems and data communciations, and intellectual property and computer
law. He is author of a new treatise, "Legal Protection of Digital
Information," which covers copyrights and patents for computer
software and other digital works, published by BNA Books and available
on the Internet at no cost )digital-law-online.info).
He received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1969 from
the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his PhD in computer science
in 1975 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr.
Hollaar was on the faculty of the University of Illinois prior to
joining the faculty of the University of Utah in 1980. He has taken
a number of courses at the University of Utah's law school.
Professor Hollaar was on sabbatical leave in Washington, DC, during
the 1996-97 academic year as a Committee Fellow in the intellectual
property unit of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States
Senate and as a visiting scholar with Circuit Judge Randall R. Rader
at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He
advised the Dole presidential campaign on technology and intellectual
property policy issues.
Professor Hollaar was one of the drafters of the Utah Digital
Signature Act, which made Utah the first government in the world
to recognize digital signatures as equivalent to handwritten ones.
On November 19, 1997, as part of Utah's Digital Signature Day, Professor
Hollaar executed the first legally recognized digitally signed will
in the world.
He is the co-inventor of a new method of rapidly searching text
stored on a disk, and was the primary architect for a distributed,
workstation-based information retrieval system. His past research
has also included work on avionics and navigation systems. He was
Director of Campus Networking during the development of the University's
campus-wide data communications network, and remains involved with
distributed systems and telephony.
Dr. Hollaar is on the panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration
Association and the Better Business Bureau, is a Registered Professional
Engineer (Control Systems) in California, and was formerly a Designated
Engineering Representative (Systems and Equipment) for the Federal
Dr. Hollaar is a senior member of the IEEE, and served as Vice-Chair
of its Intellectual Property Committee. He was the primary author
of its University Intellectual Property Guidelines. He is also a
member of ACM, and was the vice-chair of the Special Interest Group
on Information Retrieval.