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About Joshua D Sarnoff

Joshua D. Sarnoff is a professor of law at DePaul University and a faculty member in and former director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®), and 2018 DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Awardee. He teaches patent law, advanced patent law, international IP law, administrative law, law and climate change, and other courses. In 2019, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Intellectual Property Subcommittee on patent eligibility issues, and was an expert witness in an international patent law arbitrartion. In 2014-2015, Professor Sarnoff was a Thomas A. Edison Distinguished Scholar at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He was previously a professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, at the University of Arizona College of Law, and has visited at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a registered patent attorney and a member of the bars of Washington D.C. and California, a former member of the board of governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and a member of the boards of directors and advisory boards of various nonprofit organizations. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on patent law and climate change and has been involved in a wide range of intellectual property legal and policy disputes. He has submitted testimony on domestic patent law reform bills, has filed numerous amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on important patent law issues, has been a pro bono mediator for the Federal Circuit, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on international intellectual property, trade and environmental issues. Professor Sarnoff was formerly in the private practice of intellectual property, environmental, and food and drug law in Washington, D.C. He received his BS from MIT and JD from Stanford. 


2012 - Present Professor, DePaul University DePaul University College of Law
2010 - 2012 Associate Professor, DePaul University College of Law



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1986 JD, Stanford University ‐ Law School
1981 Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Professor Joshua Sarnoff
DePaul University College of Law
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Room 719
Chicago, IL 60604


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