Intellectual Property Law

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.


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The Center for Law and Technology

The Center for Law and Technology (GWCLT) provides education, events, scholarship, and dialogue about intellectual property, privacy, data security, and technology law. GWCLT seamlessly merges the expertise of two distinguished programs. By synergizing the insights of law with the cutting-edge advancements in technology, the center creates a unique and comprehensive learning environment. Students benefit from an unparalleled interdisciplinary approach, positioning them at the forefront of legal innovation and technological evolution.

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“The Supreme Court Is Gaslighting Us All"

The New York Times quoted Mary Anne Franks on the Supreme Court’s distance from the impacts of its decisions on the American People.

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Inside Higher Ed quoted Ira C. Lupu on what the context of the argument of separation of church v state will rely on.

"The Pending Kroger–Albertsons Merger Could Fundamentally Change How Americans Grocery Shop"

Slate quoted William Kovacic on the political outcomes of the Kroger-Albertsons Merger affecting the cost of voter’s groceries.

"Supreme Court’s Trump immunity ruling shows risk of Jack Smith’s approach"

The Washington Post quoted Jessica Tillipman on the McDonnell decision’s importance in understanding the Supreme Court’s thinking on corruption cases.