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Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law

The Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law program supports the Advanced Concepts in Patent Law Seminar. Established by Edward D. Manzo, this program focuses on a series of lectures by invited patent scholars. Students and faculty members read and discuss each scholars work before the authors formally present their papers during an interactive seminar at DePaul. Students use the presentations as models for their own original works of patent law scholarship.


Edward D. Manzo, Husch Blackwell LLP


Joshua Sarnoff, Professor of Law

2017 Scholars & Topics 

  • Greg Reilly of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, "Rethinking the PHOSITA In Patent Litigation" - February 1, 2017
  • Gregory Mandel of Temple Law School, "What is IP for? Experiments in Lay and Expert Perceptions" - February 15, 2017
  • Rebecca Eisenberg of The University of Michigan Law School, "Innovation in a Learning Healthcare System" - March 8, 2017
  • Erik Hovenkamp of Northwestern University, "Competition, Inalienability, and the Economic Analysis of Patent Law - April 5, 2017

Previous Scholars & Topics


Michael Burstein
Assistant Professor of Law, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law
"Patent Markets: A Framework for Evaluation"
February 4, 2015

Professor Michael Burstein’s research focuses on the institutional structures, both private and public, that shape innovation. He writes about the intersections between intellectual property and both corporate law and public law. His writings discuss transactions in information goods, the administrative structure of the patent system, and institutional alternatives to intellectual property, such as prizes. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Burstein clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. He also practiced appellate litigation and telecommunications law at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, D.C., and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Professor Burstein received a BA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and ethics, politics and economics from Yale University, and a JD magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law. 


Daryl Lim
Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School
"Living with Monsanto"
February 18, 2015

Daryl Lim teaches intellectual property (IP) law as well as antitrust law. He was nominated Professor of the Year in 2014. Professor Lim's book, Patent Misuse and Antitrust: Empirical, Doctrinal and Policy Perspectives was cited to the Supreme Court by lawyers for both sides in their briefs in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc., a case concerning post-expiration patent royalty payments. His articles have appeared in four of the top eight IP law reviews. He is a peer reviewer for The Yale Law Journal, Cambridge University Press and the Max Planck Institute's International Review of IP and Competition Law (IIC). He is currently working on the patent and antitrust sections of Intellectual Property: Law, Policy and New Perspectives, a casebook by West Publishing. Professor Lim was an invited co-consultant on an amicus brief filed by the American Antitrust Institute in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. He regularly presents at conferences to judges, government officials and attorneys. His views on current IP developments have been featured in legal publications as well as mainstream media sources. Professor Lim received the John Marshall Law School's Scholarly Achievement Award in 2014 for significant contributions to legal scholarship.

Other relevant articles include James Ming Chen, "An Agricultural Law Jeremiad: The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended, and Seed Is Not Saved," 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 235 (2014), Benjamin M. Cole, Brent J. Horton, Ryan Vacca, "Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Seeds As De Facto Standard-Essential Patents," 85 U. Colo. L. Rev. 313, 347 – 373 (2014), and Daryl Lim, "Self-Replicating Technologies and the Challenge for the Patent and Antitrust Laws," 32 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 131, 187 – 222 (2013).


Jonathan Masur
John P. Wilson Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
"The Misuse of Patent Licenses in Damages Calculations"
March 4, 2015

Jonathan Masur received a BS in physics and an AB in political science from Stanford University in 1999 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 2003. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law before joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 2007. Masur received tenure in 2012. He served as deputy dean from 2012 to 2014 and as the Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar from 2011 to 2013. He was named the John P. Wilson Professor of Law in 2014.


Liza Vertinsky
Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
"Patents, Partnerships, and the Pre-Competitive Collaboration Myth in Pharmaceutical Innovation"
March 18, 2015

Liza Vertinsky joined the Emory Law faculty in the fall of 2007 as an assistant professor. She came to Emory after a decade of legal practice focusing on intellectual property transactions. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, innovation, the intersection of IP and global health, and law and economics. Her research program is motivated by a deep interest in how legal rules – particularly patent law and contract law – influence the ways in which individuals and groups organize their economic activities. She is particularly interested in exploring the institutional environments within which alternative forms of intellectual production take place, with a focus on biomedical innovation. Profess Vertinsky clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus, first for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida and then for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Education: JD, Harvard Law School, 1997; MA, Economics, University of British Columbia, 1992; PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 1997.


Jeffrey A. Lefstin
Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
“Abstract Ideas and Generic Application”
April 15, 2015

Jeffrey A. Lefstin is Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco.  He received his ScB in Biology from Brown University, magna cum laude; his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco; and his JD from Stanford University, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. At UC Hastings, Professor Lefstin writes about patent law and teaches contracts, patent law, and intellectual property, as well as the UC Hastings – Bucerius Law School program in transnational intellectual property transactions in Hamburg, Germany. He joined the Hastings faculty after serving as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. He also practiced patent and antitrust law with the biotechnology and litigation groups at Townsend, Townsend & Crew in San Francisco. Prior to his legal career, he was a molecular biologist, studying mammalian gene regulatory mechanisms and DNA-protein interactions. His scientific papers appeared in Nature, Genes & Development, and the Journal of Molecular Biology.


​Melissa Wasserman
February 5, 2014

Professor Wasserman’s research focuses on the institutional design of innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on patent law, administrative law, and food and drug law. Her article "The Changing Guard of Patent Law: Chevron Deference for the PTO," 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1959 (2013), argues the recent Patent Reform Act grants the PTO primary interpretive authority over the Patent Act and begins to explore some of the consequences of the PTO having the power to make law only through case-by-case adjudication. Another article, "Does Agency Funding Affect Decisionmaking?: An Empirical Assessment of the PTO’S Granting Patterns" (with Michael Frakes), 66 Vand. L. Rev. 67 (2013), examines the influence of the PTO’s fee structure of its granting behavior. Her publication "The PTO’s Asymmetric Incentives: Pressure to Expand Substantive Law," 72 Ohio St. L.J. 379 (2011), which argues that the PTO has a substantial expansionary effect on setting substantive standards, was awarded the University of Illinois College of Law’s Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship (2011). Professor Wasserman joined the College of Law in fall 2011 from Harvard Law School, where she was an academic fellow and lecturer at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. Following law school, Professor Wasserman clerked for Judge Kimberly A. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Wasserman received her BS in chemical engineering with high honors from Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton for her work on the thermodynamics of network-forming liquids at low temperatures. As a graduate student, Professor Wasserman was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellow. She received her JD magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she served as an articles editor of New York University Law Review.

Shubha Ghosh
February 19, 2014
Professor Ghosh brings a national and international reputation and over 16 years of academic experience to University of Wisconsin, where he is Vilas Research Fellow & Professor of Law and Elvehjem-Bascom Professor of Law. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and book chapters as well as several books in the fields of intellectual property, competition law and policy, international law, and legal theory. His scholarship is among the most cited of the law school faculty. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), American Antitrust Institute (AAI), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), International Association for Advancement in Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), past chair and co-founder of the AALS Section on Law & South Asian Studies, and member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law. He currently (2013) serves on a university committee reviewing UW System policy on copyright. He also recently co-authored an amicus brief in support of Bowman in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto, under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. He also spoke (via Skype) at the National Law School of Delhi on the Novartis decision of the Indian Supreme Court upholding the denial of an evergreened patent for a cancer drug. He is a member of the State Bar of California and of the United States Supreme Court Bar. He is engaged as an active scholar and teacher and has also served as a consultant on several intellectual property and antitrust cases with national law firms, such as Weil, Gotschall & Manges; The Orrick Law Firm; Haynes & Boone; Bickel & Brewer; Caddell & Chapman. Professor Ghosh has also worked with the World Intellectual Property Organization on the relationship between traditional knowledge and legal systems. He has also provided legal commentary for SquawkBox, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace on NPR, Financial Times, and other media publications.

Glynn Lunney
March 5, 2014

Glynn S. Lunney Jr. is the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professor Lunney received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984. Following graduation, he spent a year studying law and economics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and then returned to the States to work for Chevron U.S.A., Inc. as a production engineer in the Los Angeles basin. Professor Lunney received his JD degree, with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 1990, where he was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his graduation, he clerked for the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and then joined the Tulane faculty. While continuing to serve on the Law School faculty, Professor Lunney enrolled in the fall of 2000 in Tulane’s Graduate School and received his PhD in economics in May 2006. Professor Lunney is a member of the California and Louisiana bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Lunney is an internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the field of intellectual property and has written extensively on patents, copyrights and trademarks.

Laura Pedraza F​ariña
April 16, 2014
Laura Pedraza Fariña joined the Northwestern faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of law. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and her PhD in genetics from Yale University. Her research interests include intellectual property, patent law, and international organizations. Her scholarship on intellectual property law uses the methodology of history and sociology of science and technology to analyze and inform the design of patent law. Her current projects include an analysis of the implications of sociological studies on tacit scientific knowledge for the disclosure theory of patent law, and a study of how the specialized court structure of patent law influences the content of patent decisions.


Ted Sichelman
February 6, 2013

Professor Sichelman teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, law and entrepreneurship, empirical legal studies, law and economics, and computational legal studies, and tax law. He has published widely in journals such as the Stanford Law Review, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the European Intellectual Property Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. Before becoming a professor, he practiced in the areas of intellectual property litigation and transactions, as well as appeals, at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Irell & Manella. Professor Sichelman also clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He has participated in a number of important U.S. Supreme Court cases, including playing a substantial role in a win for an injured employee in MetLife v. Glenn (2008); co-drafting an amicus brief in the patent case, Bilski v. Kappos (2010), in which the court largely adopted the recommendations and reasoning of the brief; and submitting an amicus brief in Global-Tech v. SEB (2011), a patent case involving the scope of indirect infringement. In 2012, Professor Sichelman served on the Lieutenant Governor of California’s task force to place a satellite office of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in California. In 2011, he worked with the office of Representative Zoe Loefgren to draft proposed language for the recently passed America Invents Act, the most substantial revision to the Patent Act since 1952. Before practicing law, he founded and ran a venture-backed software company, Unified Dispatch. Professor Sichelman designed the company’s software and is a named inventor on several issued and filed patents and applications. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009.

Margo Bagley
February 20, 2013

Margo A. Bagley teaches courses on patent law, international and comparative patent law, intellectual property, and property. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley worked in products research and development with the Procter & Gamble Company, where she was named Food Product Development Excellence "Rookie of the Year" and was co-inventor on a U.S. patent for improved peanut butter. Later, she worked as a senior research analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. Through her corporate experience, Bagley developed an interest in the law of intellectual property. Bagley received her JD in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, an editor of the Emory Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Georgia bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bagley worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner before becoming an assistant professor of law at Emory University in 1999. She was a visiting professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law in fall 2001 and at the University of Virginia School of Law in fall 2005. She has also taught international patent law and policy courses in Germany, China and Singapore. She joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006.

Thomas Cotter
March 6, 2013

Thomas F. Cotter joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 2006. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 1987 graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as senior articles editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. From 1987-89, Cotter clerked for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City from 1988-90, and at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1990-94.  From 1994-2005, he taught at the University of Florida College of Law, where he held a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship and directed the school's Intellectual Property Law Program. From 2005-06, he was a professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. In 2005, he was named to a two-year Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Law School, and in 2007 was named to the Briggs and Morgan Chair in Law. Professor Cotter's principal research and teaching interests are in the fields of domestic and international intellectual property law, antitrust, and law and economics. He is the author of three books—Comparative Patent Remedies: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford University Press, forthcoming February 2013); Trademarks, Unfair Competition, and Business Torts (coauthored with Barton Beebe, Mark A. Lemley, Peter S. Menell, and Robert P. Merges) (Aspen Publishers 2011); and Intellectual Property: Economic and Legal Dimensions of Rights and Remedies (coauthored with Roger D. Blair) (Cambridge University Press 2005)—and has recently agreed to coauthor (with Jeffrey L. Harrison) a fourth, Law and Economics: Positive, Normative, and Behavioral Perspectives (3d ed., Thomson West, forthcoming 2013). Altogether he has authored or coauthored over 40 other scholarly works, including articles in the California Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the University of Illinois Law Review.

Oskar Liivak
March 20, 2013

Oskar Liivak is an associate professor of law at Cornell Law School. He graduated from Rutgers College as a Goldwater Scholar with highest honors in 1994 majoring in physics and mathematics. He received a PhD in 2000 in physics from Cornell University focusing on techniques for determining protein structure using nuclear magnetic resonance. From 2000 to 2001 he was a post-doctoral scientist working on physical realization of quantum computing in the Quantum Information Group at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. From 2001-2002 he served as a patent agent in the Boston office of Fish and Richardson P.C. He received a JD from the Yale Law School in 2005.  Prior to joining Cornell Law School in 2006, he served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon Prost on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His research focuses on patent law.

John Golden
April 17, 2013

John Golden is the Loomer Family Professor in Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught patent law, contracts, and administrative law, and he currently serves as faculty director of the Andrew Ben White Center in Law, Science and Social Policy. Professor Golden has an AB in physics and history from Harvard College, a PhD in physics from Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. Professor Golden also worked as an associate in the intellectual property department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.


  • John Duffy - January 31, 2012
  • Lawrence Sung - February 14, 2012
  • Gaia Bernstein - February 28, 2012
  • Margaret Chon - March 13, 2012
  • Michael Carroll - April 10, 2012


  • Katherine Strandburg - September 1, 2010
  • Michael Meurer - September 15, 2010
  • David Olson - September 29, 2010
  • Andrew Torrance - October 13, 2010
  • Elizabeth Winston - November 3, 2010


  • Sean B. Seymore - January 22, 2009
  • David L. Schwartz - February 12, 2009
  • Dan L. Burk - February 26, 2009
  • Jeanne C. Fromer - March 19, 2009
  • Andrew Nelson - April 2, 2009
  • Christopher Sprigman - April 23, 2009


  • Joshua D. Sarnoff - January 29, 2007
  • Jonathan Franklin - February 12, 2007
  • Eileen Kane - April 9, 2007
  • David E. Adelman - April 23, 2007


  • Jay P. Kesan, PhD
  • Keith Aoki
  • Cynthia M. Ho
  • Adam Mossoff
  • Brett Frischmann
  • Kristen Osenga


  • Timothy Holbrook, Emory University School of Law
  • Andrew Chin, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Rochelle Dreyfuss, New York University
  • Graeme Dinwoodie, CIPLIT Distinguished Senior Scholar; Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford
  • Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law