David L. Schwartz

Schwartz, David L.

Visiting Professor of Law

Phone: (312) 503-2565
E-mail: david.schwartz@law.northwestern.edu

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David Schwartz joins Northwestern University School of Law as a Visiting Professor of Law for the Spring 2014 semester. Professor Schwartz teaches patent law, patent litigation and intellectual property strategies classes at IIT Chicago-Kent. In 2012, Professor Schwartz received the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT. Prior to entering academics in 2006, Professor Schwartz practiced intellectual property law, focusing on patents and patent litigation, for over a decade. From 2000 to 2006, he was a partner at two intellectual property boutique firms in Chicago, where his practice included patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and intellectual property-related transactions. He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Jenner & Block.

Professor Schwartz's research focuses on empirical studies of patent law and judicial behavior, including of the use contingent fee representation in patent litigation; reversal rates in patent claim construction cases; litigation involving non-practicing entities; the effect of the presumption of validity on jurors; and the doctrine of equivalents. He has also studied the use of legal scholarship by the judiciary. His scholarship has appeared in leading law journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Michigan Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Review.

In terms of service to the practicing bar, Professor Schwartz was the program director for the Richard Linn Inn of Court, which focuses on intellectual property law, from 2011 until 2013. He also served from 2011 until 2013 on the board of managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Professor Schwartz is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Law

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  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • JD cum laude, University of Michigan Law School