David L. Schwartz

Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law


David Schwartz has focused his teaching and research on intellectual property and patent law, with a particular emphasis on empirical studies of patent litigation. He served as the Associate Dean of Research & Intellectual Life at the law school from 2019 until 2022. He also co-authored a casebook on the law of design, including design patents. 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.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Law & Technology
  • Law & Courts

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

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor of Law and co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School

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