Susan Nycum

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Susan H. Nycum is a lawyer who specialises in computer security and intellectual property issues. She worked at the law firm of Chickering and Gregory in San Francisco[1] and then became a partner at the law firm Baker & McKenzie[2] where she headed its IT and intellectual property group. She was a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of its council. She was an early member of its special interest group for higher education, SIGUCCS, and was inducted into its hall of fame in 2004.[3][4] She was Chairwoman of the National Information Systems Advisory Panel in the early 1980s.[5]

Nycum earned a degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She attended Duquesne University School of Law and graduated from Stanford Law School.[6]

Nycum has worked with fellow information security researcher Donn B. Parker. They co-authored the 1973 study Computer Abuse, a minor classic that was one of the first attempts to define and document computer-related crime.[7][8]

Nycum is a computer law scholar and has produced studies on the laws surrounding software patents.[9] She has served as an advisor for the United States government as well as several foreign governments. She approved funding for the Internet in her role as an advisory board member for the National Science Foundation.[10]



  1. ^ Computer Law: A Comprehensive Update, Computer Law Association, 1979, For the few of you I imagine who do not know Susan, I will give you a brief biographical sketch...
  2. ^ Stone, Keith (January 13, 1991). "Computer chip inventor gains valuable patent along with vindication". Herald-Journal.
  3. ^ Edgar, Stacey L. (2002), Morality and Machines: Perspectives on Computer Ethics, ISBN 0-7637-1767-3, Susan Nycum, writing in 1978, long before any of these more recent decisions, and even before Diamond v. Diehr extended patents to software, referred to the following...
  4. ^ "Susan Nycum", 2004 Hall of Fame Award Inductees, SIGUCCS, 5 Oct 2009
  5. ^ United States, Office of Technology Assessment, Congress (September 1981). Computer-Based National Information Systems. DIANE Publishing. p. iv. ISBN 978-1-4289-2441-3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "MEMBER PROFILE: Susan H. Nycum". California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Parker, Donn B.; Nycum, Susan (1973). Computer Abuse. Stanford Research Institute.
  8. ^ Cortada, James W. (2007). The Digital Hand, Vol 3 : How Computers Changed the Work of American Public Sector Industries. Oxford University Press. pp. 133–134, 390. ISBN 978-0-19-803709-5.
  9. ^ Leavitt, Don (November 8, 1976). "Attorney Suggests Congress as Forum: Much Talk But Little Action Seen for Software Patents". Computer World.
  10. ^ "Susan Nycum Short Biography". Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.

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