David L. Schwartz

Associate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life
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 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

  • 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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