Intellectual Property Law
Protecting inventions and technology is essential in carrying new ideas and products forward and sustaining them long into the future. Patent law helps pave the way for human progress by inspiring faster, smarter, cleaner technology that can change the world for the better. President Abraham Lincoln, when receiving his first patent, said the patent system “added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”
Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret Law
Trademark law protects that creative spark that connects an image or phrase to a business while copyright law protects the creative ideas of an individual spanning from software to writings, websites, music, art, and the performing arts. Trade secret law protects the independent economic value of information not known to the public when trademark and copyright law fail to apply . Together, these three areas of intellectual property law preserve the currency of creativity for individuals, start-ups, and established businesses.
IP Law and Society
Intellectual property law has a profound impact on society, social justice, and the future of humanity and our ability to create and achieve. This is especially true in the age of rapidly evolving technology. This field not only addresses the “what” of intellectual property law, but the “who” that it impacts.
ASU Law selects inaugural Law Science and Innovation/Intellectual Property Program Prize Contest winners
Graves and Katyal win for their article ‘From Trade Secrecy to Seclusion’
Providing an insightful and alarming analysis on the evolving use of trade secrecy laws to conceal vital information from the public, Charles Graves and Sonia Katyal have been selected as the 2022 Law Science and Innovation/Intellectual Property Program Prize Contest recipients by the Center for Law Science and Innovation (LSI) and the Intellectual Property (IP) Law program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
The Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is sponsoring a Distinguished Lecturer Reception with a plenary presentation by the co-authors on their prize-winning article at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. on December 8, 2022. The featured speaker of the event is The McCarthy Laureate, The Honorable Kent A. Jordan from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Partners and projects
Barrow Neurological Institute
Barrow is the world's largest neurological disease treatment and research institution, and is consistently ranked as one of the best neurosurgical training centers in the United States. Through the Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic, ASU Law students get to work directly with Barrow neurosurgeons supporting their medical innovation.
Skysong Innovation is ASU’s entrepreneurial technology transfer team responsible for generating over 845 patents since 2003, launching 150 startup companies and attracting more than $833 million in revenue. ASU licenses its faculty developed patents and technology commercially through Skysong and is ranked 12th overall for university-issued patents. ASU Law students can work directly with Skysong’s professionals and ASU researchers on patents through internships and externships.
International Patent Remedies for Complex Products (INPRECOMP) Project
In one of ASU Law’s most ambitious IP law projects, the Center for Law, Science, and Technology recently published a book entitled, “Patent Remedies and Complex Products: Toward a Global Consensus.” This edited volume is the product of several years’ work by around 30 contributing intellectual property scholars from ten different countries and was made possible by a gift from Intel Corporation. ASU Law students were able to participate in multiple stages of this project, providing them with an unmatched experience in international IP law scholarship.
IP and Genomics Workshop
For nearly 10 years, the Center for Law, Science and Innovation has organized an annual workshop exploring legal and regulatory issues surrounding personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics. As IP-related issues have grown increasingly important in personalized medicine, the center decided to hold additional workshops to focus particularly on IP issues. One such recent event was our Workshop on Patents and Data Sharing/Access for Molecular Diagnostics. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the challenges in securing intellectual property protections and data sharing for molecular diagnostics. The workshop brought together leading experts in academia, private practice, government, and industry to make progress toward resolving some of the legal and policy barriers to improved healthcare through genomic medical technologies.
The McCarthy Institute
Collaborating to solve IP and branding challenges
Led by David Franklyn, one of the nation's preeminent experts on intellectual property and technology law, The McCarthy Institute sits at the intersection of trademark law, marketing, technology, and consumer behavior. A joint-program with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, The McCarthy Institute conducts regular symposia, workshops, networking groups, and pursues original IP and branding research and scholarship.
Intellectual Property Law Expertise
Professor of Practice
Executive Director of McCarthy Institute and Professor of Practice
Patent Remedies and Technology Standards
Professor of Practice
Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
Teaching Associate Professor
Associate Dean for New Education Initiatives
Patent and Technology Law
Software IP and Agreements
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law