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

"Who Owns Einstein? The Battle for the World’s Most Famous Face"

May 17, 2022

Roger E. Schechter was quoted by the Guardian regarding the legal rights of Albert Einstein’s image.

"Should Young Adults Know Their Sperm or Egg Donor? Colorado Thinks So"

May 13, 2022

Sonia M. Suter’s on Colorado legislation regulating gametes donations was cited by Deseret News.

"Four Supreme Court Rulings That Could Be Impacted by Reversal of Abortion Decision"

May 12, 2022

Sonia M. Suter appeared on Voice of America to discuss the other implications of reversing Roe v. Wade.

"More Than Abortion Rides on SCOTUS in Dobbs"

May 10, 2022

Sonia M. Suter wrote for Bloomberg Law about the implications for other rights if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

"If Roe is Overturned Can You Order Abortion Pills Online?"

May 06, 2022

Sonia M. Suter appeared on WUSA9 to discuss the legality of ordering pills to cause a medication abortion.

Upcoming Events

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

Past Events

IP Speaker Series - Professor Woodrow Hartzog on Data Loyalty

Please join the Intellectual Property Law program for a discussion with Professor Woodrow Hartzog. Professor Hartzog will 

Music Copyright Infringement: Global Perspectives Virtual Conference

Please join us for the Music Copyright Infringement: Global Perspectives Conference. With a focus on how courts adjudicate music copyright infringement disputes in Asia, Europe, and

IP Speaker Series - Professor Erika Douglas

Please join the Intellectual Property Law program for a discussion with Professor Erika Douglas. Professor Douglas will present her article “Data Privacy As a Procompetitive

Trademark Practice Chat

Please join Professor Robert Brauneis as he chats with Annie Abrams, Trademark Examining Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office.