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The patent system has seen dramatic changes in the past quarter century, from stronger protection in the 1990s and 2000s and the rise of patent trolls to the current era of narrowing patent rights. While many people have seen each of those changes as disastrous, in fact the system as a whole has remained remarkably stable in important respects. We will consider what has changed, what has stayed the same, and why.
About Prof. Mark A. Lemley
Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books (most in multiple editions) and 148 articles on these and related subjects, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust. His works have been cited more than 200 times by courts, including eleven United States Supreme Court opinions, and more than 13,000 times in books and law review articles, making him one of the five most cited legal scholars of all time. He has published 9 of the 100 most-cited law review articles of the last twenty years, more than any other scholar, and a 2012 empirical study named him the most relevant law professor in the country. His articles have appeared in 22 of the top 25 law reviews, in top economic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics, and in multiple peer- reviewed and specialty journals. They have been reprinted throughout the world, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, and Danish. He has taught intellectual property law to federal and state judges at numerous Federal Judicial Center and ABA programs, has testified seven times before Congress, and has filed numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the federal circuit courts of appeals.
Mark is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP. He litigates and counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property, antitrust, and internet law. He has argued 21 federal appellate cases and numerous district court cases as well as in the California Supreme Court, and represented clients including Comcast, Genentech, DISH Network, Google, Grokster, Guidewire, Hummer Winblad, NetFlix, Newegg, and the University of Colorado Foundation in nearly 100 cases in his more than two decades as lawyer.
Mark is a founder and board member of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company providing data and analytics around IP disputes to law firms, companies, courts, and policymakers.
Mark has been named California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year (2005), Best Lawyers’ San Francisco IP Lawyer of the Year (2010), and a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum (2007). In 2009 he received the California State Bar’s inaugural IP Vanguard Award. In 2002 he was chosen as Boalt’s Young Alumnus of the Year. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 litigators in the country under 45 by the American Lawyer (2007), one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation by the National Law Journal (2006 and 2013), one of the 10 most admired attorneys in IP (2010) by IP360, one of the 25 most influential people in IP (2010) by the American Lawyer, among other honors. He is a member of the American Law Institute.