Lee PetherbridgeProfessor of Law
Richard a. Vachon, S.J. Fellow
JD, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
MA, Smith College
BS, Western New England College
Prior to joining the faculty, Lee Petherbridge served as law clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before clerking for Judge Clevenger, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Finnegan Henderson LLP, where his work focused on patent litigation. A graduate of Penn Law, he was the managing editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, worked in the school's Civil Practice Clinic, representing economically disadvantaged clients on a variety of issues, and also interned at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology Transfer. Prior to law school, he taught and performed original research in the life sciences.
Professor Petherbridge’s research interests derive from the intersection of innovation, law and the life sciences. They broadly cover patent and intellectual property law with a current emphasis on the rules and institutional arrangements developed to foster invention and innovation, and the impact of these rules and arrangements on private science, public science and the public at large. Professor Petherbridge is an author of over 30 articles and essays. His work has been cited over 680 times in books and articles (source: google scholar), and is often featured in more informal fora such as blogs and media reports. His papers are available at: http://ssrn.com/author=367550 .
- The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge (with Christopher A. Cotropia)
- Unenforceability: Research Report (working draft with Jason Rantanen and R. Polk Wagner)
- Unenforceability (working draft with Jason Rantanen and R. Polk Wagner)
- The End of an Epithet? An Exploration of the Use of Legal Scholarship in Intellectual Property Decisions, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 523 (2013) (with David L. Schwartz)
- The Pseudo-Elimination of Best Mode: Worst Possible Choice? 59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 170 (2012) (with Jason Rantanen)
- In Memoriam Best Mode 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 125 (2012) (with Jason Rantanen)
- America Invents, More or Less? 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 229 (2012) (with Jason Rantanen and Jay Kesan)
- On Predicting Patent Litigation 90 Texas L. Rev. See Also 75 (2012)
- Therasense v. Becton Dickinson: A First Impression 14 Yale J.L. & Tech. 226 (2012) (with Jason Rantanen)
- An Empirical Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Use of Legal Scholarship 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 995 (2012) (with David L. Schwartz)
- Did Phillips Change Anything? Empirical Analysis of the Federal Circuit’s Claim Construction Jurisprudence (forthcoming in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE COMMON LAW, S. Balganesh, ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012) (with R. Polk Wagner)
- Toward a System of Invention Registration: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act 110 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 24 (2011) (with Jason Rantanen)
- The Federal Circuit and Inequitable Conduct: An Empirical Assessment 84 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1293 (2011) (with Jason Rantanen and Ali Mojibi)
- The Use of Legal Scholarship by the Federal Courts of Appeals 96 Cornell L. Rev. 1345 (2011) (with David L. Schwartz).
- Legal Scholarship and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: An Empirical Study of a National Circuit 26 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1561 (2011) (with David L. Schwartz).
- On the Decline of the Doctrine of Equivalents 31 Cardozo L. Rev. 1371 (2010)
- Patent Law Uniformity? 22 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 421 (2009)
- On Addressing Patent Quality 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 13 (2009)
- The Federal Circuit and Patentability: An Empirical Assessment of the Law of Obviousness 85 Tex. L. Rev. 2051 (2007) (with R. Polk Wagner)
- Is the Federal Circuit Succeeding? An Empirical Assessment of Judicial Performance 152 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1105 (2004) (with R. Polk Wagner).