Ryan Abbott, The Reasonable Robot: Artificial intelligence and the Law, Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming early 2020).

Legal publications

Abbott, Ryan and Alex Sarch, Punishing Artificial Intelligence: Legal Fiction or Science Fiction, UC Davis Law Review (Forthcoming 2019)

Ryan Abbott, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Intellectual Property: Protecting Computer-Generated Works in the United Kingdom, In Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies (Tanya Aplin ed., Forthcoming 2019)

Ryan Abbott, Everything is Obvious, 66 UCLA. L. Rev. 2 (2019)

  • Republication (modified): Ryan Abbott, Inventive Algorithms and the Evolving Nature of Innovation, In Cambridge Handbook on Law and Algorithms: Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Government Regulation (Woodrow Barfield ed., Forthcoming 2019)
  • Republication (in three parts): Ryan Abbott, How Inventive Machines Will Change the Ultimate Test of Patentability, Mitteilungen (Forthcoming 2019)
  • Republication-in-part: Ryan Abbott, Machines of Ordinary Skill in the Art: How Inventive Machines Will Change Obviousness, 11 (5) Landslide 30–33, 63 (2019)
  • Republication: Ryan Abbott, Inside Views: Everything is Obvious, Intellectual Property Watch (March 25, 2019),

Ryan Abbott and Bret Bogenschneider, Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation, 12 Harv. L. & Pol. Rev. 145 (2018)

  • Translation: Ryan Abbott and Bret Bogenschneider. Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation, 18 (2) Economic Law Review 239 (2018) (Chinese).

Ryan Abbott, The Reasonable Computer: Disrupting the Paradigm of Tort Liability, 86 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2018)

Ryan Abbott, The Sentinel Initiative as a Cultural Commons, In Governing Medical Research Commons, (Katherine Strandburg, Brett M. Frischmann and Michael J. Madison eds., 2017)

Ryan Abbott, I Think, Therefore I Invent: Creative Computers and the Future of Patent Law, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 1079 (2016)

  • Republished in part: Ryan Abbott, Autonomous Machines and their Inventions, Mitteilungen 429-437 (2017)
  • Republished in part: Ryan Abbott, Patenting the Output of Autonomously Inventive Machines, 10 (1) Landslide 16-22 (2017)

Ryan Abbott, Hal the Inventor: Big Data and its Use by Artificial Intelligence, In Big Data is Not a Monolith, (Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Hamid Ekbia and Michael Mattioli eds., 2016)

Ryan Abbott and Ian Ayres, Evidence and Extrapolation: Mechanisms for Regulating Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices, 64 Duke L.J. 377 (2014)

  • Republished in part: Ryan Abbott and Ian Ayres. Can Bayesian Extrapolation Improve FDA Regulation of Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices?,  4(5) FDLI’s Food and Drug Policy Forum 1-12 (2014)

Ryan Abbott, Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge, World Intellectual Property Organization (2014)

Ryan Abbott, Big Data and Pharmacovigilance: Using Healthcare Information Exchanges to Revolutionize Drug Safety, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 225 (2013)

  • Republished in part: Ryan Abbott. Post-Market Drug Regulation in the Age of Big Data: What Path to the Promised Land?, 4 (10) FDLI’s Food and Drug Policy Forum 1-14 (2014)

Ryan Abbott, Treating the Health Care Crisis: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PPACA, 14 DePaul J. Health Care L. 35 (2012)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Donald Chang, Harris Eyre, Ryan Abbott, et al., Pharmacogenetic guidelines and decision support tools for depression treatment: application to late-life,19(16) Pharmacogenetics 1269-1284 (2018)

Ryan Abbott, Jeremy Lack and David Perkins, Managing Disputes in the Life Sciences, 36 Nature Biotechnology 697 (2018)

Jacob Sherkow and Ryan Abbott, Fortune and Hindsight: Gene Patents’ Muted Effect on Medical Practice, 124 British Medical Bulletin (2018)

Ryan Abbott and Donald D. Chang, Harris A. Eyre, et al, Pharmacogenetic Decision Support Tools: A New Paradigm for Late-Life Depression?, 26(2) Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 125­–133 (2018)

Ryan Abbott and David Smith, The New Designer Drug Wave: A Clinical, Toxicological, and Legal Analysis, 47(5) J Psychoactive Drugs 368-71 (2015)

Ryan Abbott, Ian Ayres, Ed Hui and Ka-Kit Hui. Effect of Perineal Self-Acupressure on Constipation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. 30(4) J Gen Intern Med. 434-9 (2015)

Ibrahim Alabbadi, Ryan Abbott and Deema Jaber, Jordanian Stakeholder Attitudes Toward Generic Substitution, 11(1-2) Journal of Generic Medicines 24-34 (2014)

Ryan Abbott and Michael Cohen, Medico-Legal Issues in Cardiology, 21(5) Cardiol Rev. 222-8 (2013)

Ryan Abbott, Rania Bader, Lina Bajjali, et al., The price of medicines in Jordan: the cost of trade-based intellectual property, 9 Journal of Generic Medicines 75 (2012)

Ryan Abbott, Ka-Kit Hui, Ron Hays, Jess Mandel, Michael Goldstein, Babbi Winegarden, Dale Glaser and Laurence Brunton, Medical Student Attitudes Toward Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine, Vol. 2011Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM Article ID 985243 (2009)

Ryan Abbott, Ka-Kit Hui, Ron Hays, Ming-Dong Li, Timothy Pan, A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi for Tension Headaches, 4(1) Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 107-113 (2007)

Book Chapters

Ryan Abbott, Helen Lavretsky, Donald Chang, and Harris Eyre, The Roles of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment and Prevention of Psychiatric Disorders, In Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (Patricia L. Gerbarg, Phillip R. Muskin, and Richard P. Brown, eds., 2018)

  • Winner of Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award as the 2017 best book in the Psychology category.

Ryan Abbott and Helen Lavretsky, The Use of Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Treatment and Prevention of Mental Disorders, In Integrative Psychiatry, 36(1) Psychiatr Clin North Am 109-19 (Phillip R. Muskin, Patricia L. Gerbarg, and Richard P. Brown eds., 2013)

Michael Cohen, Susan Natbony, and Ryan Abbott. Complementary and alternative medicine in child and adolescent psychiatry: legal considerations, 22(3) Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 493-507 (2013)

Solicited Articles

Epstein, Richard and Ryan Abbott, FDA Involvement in Off-Label Use: Debate Between Richard Epstein and Ryan Abbott, 44 Sw. L. Rev. 1 (2014)

Ryan Abbott and Carl Stevens, Redefining Medical Necessity: A Consumer-Driven Solution to the U.S. Health Care Crisis, 47 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 943 (2014)

Ryan Abbott, Balancing Access and Innovation in India’s Shifting IP Regime, Remarks, 35 Whittier Law Review 341 (2014)


Harris A. Eyre, Andrew Robb, Ryan Abbott and Malcolm Hopwood, Mental Health Innovation Diplomacy: An Underrecognised Soft Power, 53(5) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP) (2019) [Commentary]

Ryan Abbott, Inventive Machines: Rethinking Invention and Patentability, In Intellectual Property and Digital Trade in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data 113–119 (Xavier Seuba, Christophe Geiger and Julien Penin eds., 2018) [Published remarks]

Helen Lavretsky and Ryan Abbott, Invited Perspective: Community-Based Acupunch Exercise Program Improves Health and Quality of Sleep in Taiwanese Older Adults, 26(5) American J. Geriatric Psychiatry 521­–522 (2018) [Commentary]

Harris A Eyre et al., The Future of Psychiatry Commission, 5(1) The Lancet Psychiatry 13. [Letter to the Editor] (2018)

Ryan Abbott, Book Review: FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies, Journal of Law and the Biosciences 1–5 (2015)

Ryan Abbott and Ka-Kit Hui, Perineal Self-Acupressures Mechanism of Action. 30(4) J Gen Intern Med. 399 (2015) [Letter to the Editor]

Ryan Abbott, Overcoming Barriers to a Global Treaty on Medical Funding and R&D, (7) Journal of the Brazilian Institute for Intellectual Property 70-76 (2012)

Frederick Abbott, Ryan Abbott, Wilbert Bannenberg and Marianne Schürmann, Regional Assessment of Patent and Related Issues and Access to Medicines: Caricom Member States and the Dominican Republic (HERA), 1 Health Research for Action Final Report- Main Report (2009)

Ryan Abbott and Wilbert Bannenberg, Regional Assessment of Patent and Related Issues and Access to Medicines: Caricom Member States and the Dominican Republic, Final Report: Volume II – Country Studies Health Research for Action(2009)

Ryan Abbott, The Beijing Declaration: A Landmark for Traditional Medicine, 13 (1) ICTSD-Bridges (2009) Ryan Abbott and Weijun Zhang, Meeting Report for the UCLA Center for East West Medicine 2006 Annual Conference: Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine—Research and Clinical Applications 13 Chin J Integr Med. 74-75 (2007)