Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She studies IP law both empirically and theoretically, and is particularly interested in the impact of U.S. and international patent laws on innovation. Her articles include an analysis of how to make empirical progress with the patent system (forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review), a study of how judicial “deference mistakes” can drive doctrinal shifts (forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review), a new taxonomy of innovation policies that highlights the overlooked benefits of R&D tax incentives (in the Texas Law Review), an argument for the probative value of online search results in trademark disputes (in the California Law Review), and an empirical study of whether patents disclose useful information to scientists (in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology). She has also written about doctrinal shifts at the Federal Circuit, the effect of “cultural cognition” on discourse over climate change and patent law, and the impact of university patenting under the Bayh-Dole Act on climate change, access to biomedical materials, and pharmaceuticals. Descriptions of her scholarship and links to relevant datasets are available here. She blogs about IP scholarship at Written Description.

Lisa earned a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell, and she has conducted scientific research at the Max Planck Institute, CERN, and NIST. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of The Yale Law Journal, a Coker Fellow in Contract Law, and Director of the Yale Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. She clerked for the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.