Lisa Larrimore Ouellette


Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette is an Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School. Her scholarship addresses empirical and theoretical problems in intellectual property and innovation law. She takes advantage of her training in physics to explore policy issues such as the value of scientific disclosures in patents, the patenting of federally funded research under the Bayh–Dole Act, the polarized public discourse over patents, and the integration of patent law with other levers of innovation policy. She has also written about how online search results could address the evidentiary problem of trademark distinctiveness, and about the potential for different standards of review to create what she terms “deference mistakes” in areas such as patent and trademark law. She has also authored over 250 posts for her blog, Written Description.

Prior to her appointment at Stanford Law School, Professor Ouellette was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She also clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge John M. Walker, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow in Contract Law. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University as well as a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College, and she has conducted scientific research at the Max Planck Institute, CERN, and NIST.

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