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

"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.

"Dobbs Decision is a Huge Setback for Genetic Counseling and the People Who Need It"

August 25, 2022
Sonia M. Suter wrote for STAT News about how the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision affects those who seek genetic counseling.

"Egg and Sperm Donors Could Be Required to Share Their Medical Records"

August 23, 2022
Sonia M. Suter was quoted in Wired about a proposed law that would require egg and sperm donors to provide certain medical information.

Upcoming Events

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


Past Events

PTAB Roundtable Discussion

GW Law is pleased to invite you to our 5th annual PTAB roundtable. Join patent leaders for a half-day program discussing the post-grant practice

IP Speaker Series - Jordana Goodman

Please join us—in person or virtually—as we welcome our first speaker of the academic year: Jordana Goodman (Boston University) presenting her talk MS.

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