The Intellectual Property (IP) Law Program at Lewis & Clark invites you to explore the world of possibilities in the thriving field of Intellectual Property Law and to engage the powerful resources available to members of our community.
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Intellectual Property Program
Lewis & Clark’s Intellectual Property program is integrated with and complements our outstanding Business Law Program. The synergy between the two programs affords Lewis & Clark students a learning environment that strengthens their appreciation of intellectual property law in an important context in our economy.
Our Small Business Legal Clinic, Internship Seminar: In House Counsel, and Internship Seminar: Entrepreneurship and Law all offer students real-life experiences working with clients on all manner of IP issues including trademark, copyright and licensing with small companies, major companies, and emerging high-technology ventures.
Lewis & Clark’s curriculum includes a wide array of classes in the field of intellectual property law. In addition to the five fundamental annual courses we offer numerous advanced courses.
Our rich IP curriculum permits us to offer a certificate in Intellectual Property for our graduating students.
Certificates are intended to recognize students for their achievements and to inform prospective employers that these students have completed a rigorous course of study in the subject area.
Our knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law advances in complex ways. Insightful scholarship contributes to the progress of the law by investigating doctrines and the competing policies they reconcile and embody. IP in the Trees is a scholarly workshop series that aims to bring a mix of senior scholars and rising stars to our campus for enriching, challenging conversations with our faculty, our students, and the local IP bar. The workshops provide a forum for scholars to discuss their ideas and to receive feedback from readers who take a genuine interest in their papers.
Each year we recognize a distinguished intellectual property professor or judge by inviting them to visit our campus. Our visitor is provided with an office to work in and is welcomed by our Dean, faculty, and other IP practitioners. Throughout his or her stay our visitor interacts with students by lecturing or otherwise participating in classes and by joining students for an informal lunch. The visitor also has opportunities to enrich the intellectual life of our campus by engaging with students, faculty, and practitioners in the field. The highlight of the visit is an evening lecture open to students, faculty, local practitioners, and the public.
Our students are active participants in the shape of our program. Through the student group, IPSO, the law school hosts a brown bag lecture series, an annual IPA event (IPA stands for both Intellectual Property Attorney and India Pale Ale - a favorite microbrew in the Northwest), and countless gatherings throughout the year.
The Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar is pleased to be offering an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a single Oregon law school student who can evidence a clear interest in and aptitude for intellectual property. The deadline for this academic year has passed, but please check back for the 2015-16 scholarship deadlines.
We have three full-time tenured or tenure-track professors who devote both their teaching and their scholarship to intellectual property law. Lewis & Clark has four additional faculty members who teach related courses, such as Entertainment Law, while focusing their scholarship on other areas of the law.
We also have a wide array of talented and experienced adjunct professors that help us round out our curricular offerings.
Tomas Gomez-Arostegui teaches international intellectual property, trademarks, and copyright history. Prior to joining the faculty at Lewis & Clark in 2006, he was a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law at the University of Oslo, where he still holds an appointment as Supervisor of Examiners. Tomas’s scholarship interests lie primarily in the history of intellectual property and in the remedies awarded in intellectual property cases.
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.
Lydia Loren writes and teaches in the copyright law field. She has also recently co-authored the casebook Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials with Professor Joe Miller, published by Semaphore Press in digital format. Her extremely popular casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy (co-authored with Julie Cohen, Maureen O’Rourke, and Ruth Okediji) is used in many schools across the country. Her recent scholarship has focused on using motivation for creation to shape the scope of copyright protection (Louisiana Law Review), understanding the interplay between Creative Commons licenses and copyright law (George Mason Law Review), and music copyrights (Case Western Reserve Law Review). Loren consistently receives high student-evaluation scores for her courses in the intellectual property field, challenging students to understand the law with innovative classroom exercises and writing projects. Active in several Oregon state bar groups, Loren has also taught intellectual property law in China and in Italy for summer study abroad programs. During the 2006-2007 academic year she served as the Interim Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School while the school engaged in a national search for its next dean.
Should you have any questions regarding our program please contact: Kari Baxter Program Coordinator
You should also feel free to contact any of the faculty members listed here.