Mark Lemley

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Mark A. Lemley
Nationality American
Academic background
Alma mater University of California Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)
Stanford University (B.A.)
Academic work
Discipline Intellectual property law
Sub-discipline Patent law, Trademark law, Antitrust law, Computer law
Institutions Stanford Law School

Mark A. Lemley (born c. 1966) is currently the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology,[1] as well as a founding partner of the law firm of Durie Tangri LLP, which he has been practicing with since 2009.[2]


Academic Career[edit]

Lemley teaches intellectual property, computer and Internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust law and remedies. He is the author of seven books, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust and over 150 articles published in law reviews or law journals.[3] He is a widely cited expert on patent law.[4][5] For example, according to his official biography on the Stanford Law website, his works "have been cited more than 220 times by courts, including eleven United States Supreme Court opinions, and more than 14,000 times in books and law review articles, making him the most-cited scholar in IP law and one of the five most cited legal scholars of all time" and he has also "published 9 of the 100 most-cited law review articles of the last twenty years."[3]

Prior to Stanford Law, where he has been teaching at since 2004, he taught law at University of Texas School of Law (1994-2000) as The Marrs McLean Professor of Law and Boalt Hall School of Law (2000-2004) at the University of California at Berkeley as The Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law.[6]

Private Practice[edit]

Since 2009, he also practices law as a partner at Durie Tangri LLP, which he co-founded.[2][7] Before his academic career, Lemley practiced law with the firms of Brown and Bain as well as Fish and Richardson.[3]

Lex Machina[edit]

Lemley also is one of the founders of Lex Machina, a company that provides data analytics involving IP and antitrust litigation to law firms, universities, courts, and policymakers.[3] The company started as a public interest project by Lemley and co-founders George Gregory and Joshua Walker at Stanford University's Law School and Computer Science department, under the IP Clearinghouse Project.[8]


Lemley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Stanford University in 1988, where he won the John G. Sobieski Prize in Economics, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (or Boalt Hall School of Law) in 1991, where he graduated first in his class (winning the Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement given to the top graduate) and was elected into the Order of the Coif.[6] Upon graduation from law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[9]


  • 2014 inductee into the IP Hall of Fame[10]


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