Intellectual Property Law

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The George Washington University Law School has been a leader in intellectual property education and scholarship for more than a hundred years. When GW Law established a Master's of Patent Law program in 1895, its alumni had already written the patents for Bell's telephone, Mergenthaler's linotype machine, and Eastman's roll film camera, among hundreds of other inventions, and dozens more alumni had worked in the Patent Office. Over the intervening century, GW Law has bolstered its expertise in patent law with complementary strengths in copyright, trademark, communications, computer and internet regulation, electronic commerce, and genetics and medicine.



News & Events


Faculty in the News

"DC Animal Welfare Bill Would Consider Pets’ Well-being in Divorces"

December 13, 2022
Joan Schaffner was quoted by the Washington Post about a pending new animal welfare bill before the DC city council.

"What Does the Booming Sperm-donor Industry Owe to People it Helps Conceive?"

November 03, 2022
Sonia M. Suter was quoted by Quartz about egg and sperm donors’ rights to privacy.

"How Police Can Use Your DNA to Solve Crimes Without Consent"

October 01, 2022
Sonia Suter was quoted by the New York Post regarding the lack of regulation of police use of DNA in investigations.

"Authors Slam Publishers’ Lawsuit Against ‘Open Library,’ Push for New E-book Policies"

September 29, 2022
Robert Brauneis was quoted by The Hill regarding major publishing companies’ lawsuit against a free digital library.

"Future of Patent Licensing Deals on the Line at Federal Circuit"

September 06, 2022
Dmitry Karshtedt was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding the Uniloc Luxembourg SA case before the Federal Circuit which could affect other patent licensing deals.

Upcoming Events

Intellectual Property Law holds several events throughout the semester. Please check back for new events.

Past Events

IP Speaker Series - Christa Laser

Please join the Intellectual Property Law program in person or virtually as they welcome Professor Christa Laser. Professor Laser is

The Christopher A. Meyer Memorial Copyright Lecture

Please join The George Washington University Law School, in partnership with the Copyright Society and the Law Office of Michael R. Klipper, for the

IP Speaker Series - Oskar Liivak

Please join the Intellectual Property Law program in person or virtually as they welcome their final 2022 IP Speaker guest, Professor

The Supreme Court Meets Andy Warhol

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Please join the ALES for their first panel of the year. Join them in the Faculty Conference Center on Thursday, October 27 at 6 pm as they discuss the current Supreme Court case that

IP Speaker Series - Professor Zvi Rosen

Please join the Intellectual Property Law program—in person or virtually—as they welcome their next speaker and GW Alum Professor