Kara Swanson is an accomplished scholar, legal practitioner and scientist whose chief interests are in intellectual property law, gender and sexuality, the history of science, the history of medicine and technology and the history of law. Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Swanson was the Berger-Howe Visiting Fellow in Legal History at Harvard Law School and Associate Professor at Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University. Professor Swanson’s publications include “The Emergence of the Professional Patent Practitioner,” in Technology and Culture, “Biotech in Court: A Legal Lesson on the Unity of Science,” in Social Studies of Science, and a forthcoming chapter in “Contexts of Invention: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective,” M. Woodmansee, M. Biagioli and P. Jaszi, editors. Trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist at Yale University and UC-Berkeley, Professor Swanson was a published research scientist before earning her JD at UC-Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in the history of science at Harvard University. As an associate at Dechert LLP, she maintained an intellectual property law practice, where she was involved in drafting and negotiating technology licenses, advising biotech and computer services and software start-ups on protection of their inventions and drafting and prosecuting patents. She clerked for Judge Cecil F. Poole, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William H. Orrick, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The end of men, again, School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)
The current attention to the “end of men” is occurring as men’s role as biological...
Adultery by doctor: artificial insemination, 1890–1945, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2012)
In 1945, American judges decided the first court cases involving assisted conception. The challenges posed...
Food and Drug Law as Intellectual Property Law: Historical Reflections, Wisc. L. Rev. (2011)
Getting a Grip on the Corset: Gender, Sexuality and Patent Law, Yale J. L. & Feminism (2011)
Contributions to Books
Authoring an Invention: Patent Production in the Nineteenth-Century United States, Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective, edited by Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, Martha Woodmansee (2011)
In modern patent systems, an invention achieves legal existence as a text, the official words...