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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Faculty in the News

"Accidents, Lax Rules and Abortion Laws Now Imperil Fertility Industry"

The New York Times quoted Sonia Suter discussing what happens and legal strategies when things go wrong during IVF.

"Opportunities in federal procurement law"

Federal News Network’s “Off the Shelf’’ spoke to Jessica Tillipman on analysis on a series of procurement issues.

"Why Former President Trump Is Facing Multi-Million Dollar Damages"

Fox News Radio spoke with Jonathan Turley on Trump’s NY fraud case and damages.

"N.Y.'s crusading attorney general tackles big targets: Trump, Cuomo and now the NRA"

NPR quoted Jonathan Turley agreed  that NY attorney general acted inappropriately after winning Trump’s NY fraud case.

"Green Product Makers Struggle to Sell to US City and State Governments"

Bloomberg quoted Steven Schooner who emphasizes the importance of “every little thing” to make changes and the tyranny of of low prices.