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Joshua D. Sarnoff

  • jsarnoff@depaul.edu
  • Professor of Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-6326
  • ​723 Lewis Center

Joshua D. Sarnoff is a professor of law at DePaul University and a faculty member in and former director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®). He teaches patent law, advanced patent law, administrative law, law and climate change, and other intellectual property law courses. He was previously a professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, and at the University of Arizona College of Law. In academic year 2014-2015, Professor Sarnoff was a Thomas A. Edison Distinguished Scholar at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a registered patent attorney and a member of the bars of Washington D.C. and California, a former member of the board of governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and a member of the boards of directors and advisory boards of various nonprofit organizations. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on patent law and climate change and has been involved in a wide range of intellectual property legal and policy disputes. He has submitted testimony on domestic patent law reform bills, has filed numerous amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on important patent law issues, has been a pro bono mediator for the Federal Circuit, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on international intellectual property, trade and environmental issues. Professor Sarnoff was formerly in the private practice of intellectual property, environmental, and food and drug law in Washington, D.C. He received his BS from MIT and JD from Stanford.

Education

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; JD Stanford

Areas of Expertise

Patent Law, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Federalism, Clinical Legal Education

Courses Taught

  • Patent Law
  • Senior Research Seminar

Publications

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous

Articles

2015 The Likely Mismatch Between Federal R&D Funding and Desired Innovation, VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW (forthcoming 2015) string;#
2015 Patent Eligible Subject Matter after Bilski, Mayo, Myriad, and Alice (to be submitted for publication in 2015) string;#
2015 Patent Claims Dataset: Data Release and Implications for Patent Quality, US PTO Economic Working Paper (forthcoming 2015, with Alan Marco & Charles DeGrazia) string;#
2015 With Alan Marco, Chief Economist, US Patent and Trademark Office, Is Refiling Practice Doing What It Ought To? I Can Name That Invention in X Words (to be submitted for publication in 2015) string;#
2015 With Jake Linford, Florida State U., and Jason Rantanen, U. of Iowa, Definiteness, Ambiguity and Patent Claiming (to commence in 2015) string;#
2015 With Irene Calboli, National U. of Singapore, Comparative Intellectual Property Law Methodology (to commence in 2015) string;#
2013 Government Choices in Innovation Funding (with Reference to Climate Change), 62 Emory L.J. 1087 (2013) string;#Click Here
2012 With Charles L. Gholz, Proposed Technical Amendments to § 135 of the AIA, INTELL. PROP. TODAY 2 (Aug. 2012) string;#
2012 With Charles L. Gholz, Is the Definition of “Same or Substantially the Same” in 37 CFR 42.401 Valid?, INTELL. PROP. TODAY 2 (Nov. 2012) string;#
2011 Patent Eligible Medical and Biotechnology Inventions After Bilski, Prometheus, and Myriad, 19 Texas Intell. Prop. L.J. 393 (2011). string;#Click Here
2011 The Patent System and Climate Change, 16 VIRGINIA J. L. & TECH. 301 (2011) (reprinted in IP, INNOVATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Peter S. Menell and Sarah M. Tran eds. Edward Elgar Press 2013)) string;#Click Here
2011 Patent Eligible Inventions After Bilski: History and Theory, 63 HASTINGS L.J. 53 (2011) string;#Click Here
2011 Derivation and Prior Art Problems with the New Patent Act, 2011 PATENTLY-O PATENT LAW JOURNAL 12 string;#Click Here
2008 With Henrik Holzapfel, A Cross-Atlantic Dialog on Experimental Use and Research Tools, 48 IDEA 122 (2008) string;#Click Here
2008 Bilcare, KSR, Presumptions of Validity, Preliminary Relief, and Obviousness in Patent Law, 25 CARDOZO ARTS & ENT. L.J. 995 (2008) string;#Click Here
2008 With Christine Haight Farley, Peter Jaszi, Ann Shalleck, and Victoria Phillips, in symposium volume on teaching intellectual property law, Clinical Legal Education and the Public Interest in Intellectual Property Law, 52 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 735 (2008) string;#Click Here
2008 With Christopher Holman, Recent Developments Affecting the Enforcement, Procurement, and Licensing of Research Tool Patents, 23 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. 1299 (2008) string;#Click Here
2007 BIO v. DC and the New Need to Eliminate Federal Patent Law Preemption of State and Local Price and Product Regulation, 2007 PATENTLY-O PATENT L.J. 30 string;#Click Here
2005 The Historic and Modern Doctrine of Equivalents and Claiming the Future, Part II (1870-1952), 87 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC’Y 441 (2005) string;#Click Here
2005 The Historic and Modern Doctrine of Equivalents and Claiming the Future, Part I (1790-1870), 87 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC’Y 371 (2005) string;#Click Here
2005 The Doctrine of Equivalents and Claiming the Future After Festo, 14 FED. CIR. B.J. 403 (2005) string;#Click Here
2004 Abolishing the Doctrine of Equivalents and Claiming the Future After Festo, 19 BERKELEY TECH. L.J. 1157 (2004) string;#Click Here
1999 Threading the Labyrinth Of Agency’s OSWRO Rule, 29 ENV'T. REP. 2198 (1999) string;#
1999 A World Law Without Agreement On Environmental Values?, 10 COL. J. INT. ENVTL. L. & POL’Y 251 (1999) string;#Click Here
1999 Equality as Uncertainty, 84 IOWA L. REV. 377 (1999) string;#Click Here
1999 I Come To Praise Morality, Not To Bury It, 84 IOWA L. REV. 819 (1999) string;#Click Here
1998 A Reply To Professor Revesz’s Response In “The Race To The Bottom And Federal Environmental Legislation”, 8 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL’Y FORUM 295 (1998) string;#Click Here
1997 The Continuing Imperative (But Only From A National Perspective) For Federal Environmental Protection, 7 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL’Y FORUM 225 (1997) string;#Click Here
1997 Cooperative Federalism, The Delegation of Federal Power, and the Constitution, 39 ARIZ. L. REV. 205 (1997) string;#Click Here
1992 With J.T. Smith, II, Free Commerce and Sound Waste Management: Some International Comparative Perspectives, 15 INT. ENV'T. REP. 207 (1992) string;#
1992 Supreme Court Decisions in Waste Cases Settle Pending Issues But Promise Further Activity, 23 ENV'T. REP. 692 (1992) string;#
1980 With Joyce E. Heckman et al., Novel features in the genetic code and codon reading patterns in Neurospora crassa mitochondria based on sequences of six mitochondrial tRNAs, 77 Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 3159 (1980) string;#Click Here

Books

2015 Patents and Morality: Religion, Science, Law and Modern Disputes over the Uses of Nature (under contract, Edward Elgar Press, draft in progress) string;#
2013 Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change (J.D. Sarnoff ed., Edward Elgar Press, forthcoming 2013) string;#
1993 RCRA Policy Documents: Finding your way through the Maze of EPA Guidance on Solid and Hazardous Waste (Theodore L. Garrett & Joshua D. Sarnoff, eds, ABA 1993) string;#

Book Chapters

2015 Intellectual property rights and new climate change technologies, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE LAW (Kevin R. Gray, Richard Tarasofsky & Cinnamon P. Carlarne eds., Oxford U. Press forthcoming 2015). string;#
2014 An Introduction to, Premises of, and Problems with Patent Claim Construction (with Edward D. Manzo), in PATENT CLAIM CONSTRUCTION IN THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT 2014 EDITION (Edward D. Manzo ed. Thomson Reuters 2014, 2015) (quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2120, 2128 (2014)) string;#
2012 The Current State of Patent Eligibility of Medical and Biotechnology Inventions in the United States, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: THE NEW BIOLOGY (Dr. Matthew Rimmer & Alison McLennan eds, Edward Elgar Press 2012) string;#
2012 The Current State of Patent Eligibility of Medical and Biotechnology Inventions in the United States, in Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies: The New Biology, (Matthew Rimmer & Alison McLennan, eds., Edward Elgar Press 2012) string;#Click Here
2010 Lessons from the United States in Regard to the Recent, More Flexible Application of Injunctive Relief, in Research Handbook on the Interpretation and Enforcement of Intellectual Property under WTO Rules (Carlos Correa ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010) string;#
2010 With Claudia Chamas and Ben Prickril, Intellectual Property and Medicine: Towards Global Health Equity, in Intellectual Property and Human Development: Current Trends and Future Scenarios (Tzen Wong & Graham Dutfield, eds., Cambridge 2010) string;#Click Here
2009 Lessons from the United States in regard to the recent, more flexible application of injunctive relief, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES (Xuan Li & Carlos Correa eds, Edward Elgar Press 2009) string;#Click Here
2007 Patent Protection Under the Modern Doctrine of Equivalents and Implied Disclaimer Doctrines, in 2 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INFORMATION WEALTH: ISSUES AND PRACTICES IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Peter K. Yu ed., Praeger Publishers 2007) string;#
2001 With W. Wagner and J. Entin, Environmental and Natural Resources Regulation, in DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMIN. L. & REG. PRACTICE 1999-2000 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ed. ABA 2001) string;#
2000 With W. Wagner, Environmental and Natural Resources Regulation, in DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMIN. L. & REG. PRACTICE 1998-1999 (Jeffey S. Lubbers, ed. ABA 2000) string;#
1997 Risk Assessment Policy Under Superfund and RCRA, in 1997 ENVIRONMENTAL DESKBOOK (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 1997) string;#

Book Reviews

2012 Book Review, Clean Tech Intellectual Property by Eric Lane, 3 THE IP LAW BOOK REV. 8 (2012) string;#Click Here

Miscellaneous

2014 With John F. Duffy, Richard A. Epstein, and Joshua D. Wright, Panel, 2013 National Lawyers Convention: Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property, Free Markets, and Competition Policy, 37 Hamline L. Rev. 523 (2014) string;#Click Here
2013 With Sarah Lenz Lock et al., Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Laboratory Corp. Of America Holdings V. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc., 546 U.S. 975 (2005) (No. 04-607). string;#
2012 Government Innovation Choices after Rio + 20 and the Need for Further Study, IP Osgoode (July 2, 2012) string;#Click Here
2010 The Boiler Room, Huffington Post (May 1, 2013)12835 With Lori Andrews, Brief for American Medical Association, American Society of Human Genetics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Embryology, and the Medical Society Plaintiffs-Appellees and Arguing for Affirmance, Association for Molecular Pathology V. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 689 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (No. 2010–1406).of the State of New York as Amici Curiae in Support of string;#Click Here
2009 With Lori Andrews and Amy L. Katz, Brief for Amici Curiae American Medical Association, American Society of Human Genetics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Embryology, and the Medical Society of the State of New York in Support of Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment, Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 702 F.Supp.2d 181 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (09 Civ. 4515). string;#
2008 Recent Developments Affecting the Enforcement, Procurement, and Licensing of Research Tool Patents, (commissioned by Japanese Institute for Future Technology, Japanese Patent Office pub. 2008) (with Christopher Holman) string;#Click Here
2006 Analysis of Options for Implementing Disclosure of Origin Obligations in Intellectual Property Applications, Doc. No. UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2005/14 (United Nations Committee on Trade and Development submission to the CBD) (with C. Correa, 2006), reprinted as Doc. No. UNEP CBD/ABSWG/04/INF/ 02/EN string;#Click Here
2005 Comment on Merck v. Integra, 2005 IIC 1 (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, July 2005) string;#