Professor Schwartz teaches patent law and other intellectual property classes at
Northwestern Law School. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 2015 after teaching at IIT
/ Chicago-Kent College of Law and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Professor
Schwartz also brings to the law school more than a decade of experience as an
intellectual property law practitioner. 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 patent claim construction and the doctrine of
equivalents. He has also studied the use of legal scholarship by the judiciary and the
use of contingent fee representation in patent litigation. His scholarship has appeared
in the Michigan Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Northwestern Law Review and William &
Mary Law Review. 

Professor Schwartz is the program director for the Richard Linn Inn of Court, which
focuses on intellectual property law. He also serves 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. 

In 1995, Professor Schwartz graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law
School, where he was a contributing editor for the University of Michigan Law Review. He
earned a B.S. degree with high distinction in chemical engineering in 1992 from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, an
engineering honors society. 



Retroactivity at the Federal Circuit, Indiana Law Journal (2014)


Popular Press


Analyzing the Role of NPEs in the Patent System (with J. Kesan), Intellectual Asset Management (2012)

Currently, there is an important debate about the role of non-practicing entities in patent litigation....