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Patent Wars Fuel Growth Of Jobs In Intellectual Property Law

Publication Date: 
November 10, 2013
Financial Times
Adam Palin

Professor Mark Lemley comments on the growth of patent litigation in The Financial Times in an article that highlights Stanford Law's numerous programs in IP and technology-related law. 

Apple and Samsung illustrates the importance of IP rights in the knowledge-based economy.

As patent law courts have become a key corporate battle ground, lawyers who specialise in the field of intellectual property (IP) are in high demand.


High-profile cases such as this are only the tip of the iceberg, however. “Patent litigation has skyrocketed over the past few years,” says Mark Lemley, professor at Stanford Law School.


Stanford is one of a number of US law schools that specialise in the field of IP, core aspects of which include copyright, patents and trademarks. The school offers a number of popular courses in IP law for students taking its Juris Doctor (JD) degree. “A remarkable number of our students end up in IP in some form or other, whether in law firms, technology companies or start-ups,” says Prof Lemley.


...Stanford’s LLM in Law, Science and Technology – whose students are mainly practitioners in some form of technology law – emphasises cultural exchange. “They are interested in learning about US perspectives but each also brings their own background [to the classroom],” says Prof Lemley.


Both Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania Law School have established similar clinics focusing specifically on IP. Students involved with Stanford’s IP and Innovation Clinic work full-time for a term, giving them an intense immersion into work as lawyers in the field, says Prof Lemley.