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Anna Laakmann

Assistant Professor of Law

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Anna Laakmann’s teaching and scholarly interests are in the areas of intellectual property, law and technology, and health policy. Her research focuses on exploring the ways in which the patent, regulatory, and tort systems interact to impact scientific research, health care markets, the practice of medicine, and population health.  Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, Anna was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Shughart Scholar at Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  Before her transition to academia, Anna was manager of technology development and commercialization at a medical research institute outside Philadelphia, where she evaluated the patentability and commercial potential of scientific discoveries, managed patent prosecution, and negotiated license agreements with biopharmaceutical companies.  She also served as a consultant for BioStrategy Partners, a nonprofit organization that provides technology and business development services to start-up life sciences companies in the Greater Philadelphia region.  She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Academic Credentials

  • B.A. 1998 Williams College, summa cum laude
  • M.D. 2002 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • J.D. 2006 Stanford Law School


Works Published As Part of a Collection

  • An Explicit Policy Lever for Patent Scope, 19 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 43 (2012).
  • Collapsing the Distinction Between Experimentation and Treatment in the Regulation of New Drugs, 62 Ala. L. Rev. 305 (2011).
  • Restoring the Genetic Commons: A “Common Sense” Approach to Biotechnology Patents in the Wake of KSR v. Teleflex,   14 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 43 (2007), available at
  • The Impact of Systems Biology on the Pharmacogenomics Revolution, 4 Nanotech L. & Bus. 325 (2007).
  • Understanding Pennsylvania’s Medical Malpractice Crisis: Facts about Liability Insurance, the Legal System, and Health Care in Pennsylvania  (with Randall Bovbjerg) (New York: Columbia University, The Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania, for the Pew Charitable Trusts, June 2003).
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Anna Laakmann Assistant Professor of Law

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