David L. Schwartz

Associate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life
Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law


David Schwartz has focused his teaching and research on intellectual property and patent law, with a particular emphasis on empirical studies of patent litigation. He also co-authored a casebook on the law of design, including design patents. Prior to entering academics in 2006, Professor Schwartz practiced intellectual property law, focusing on patents and patent litigation, for over a decade. From 2000 to 2006, he was a partner at two intellectual property boutique firms in Chicago, where his practice included patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and intellectual property-related transactions. He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Jenner & Block.

He is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation EventS Open Knowledge Network (SCALES OKN), a NSF funded effort to transform the transparency and accessibility of court records. The SCALES OKN is a public platform that uses AI to surface insights into systematic patterns and behaviors in court records. The project's goal is to make it easy for lawyers, legal scholars, and journalists to transform difficult question about how the courts operate into easily obtainable information and answers.

Professor Schwartz's research focuses on empirical studies of patent law and judicial behavior, including of the use contingent fee representation in patent litigation; reversal rates in patent claim construction cases; litigation involving non-practicing entities; the effect of the presumption of validity on jurors; and the doctrine of equivalents. He has also studied the use of legal scholarship by the judiciary. His scholarship has appeared in leading law journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He has also published in Science.

In terms of service to the practicing bar, Professor Schwartz was the program director for the Richard Linn Inn of Court, which focuses on intellectual property law, from 2011 until 2013. He also served from 2011 until 2013 on the board of managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Professor Schwartz is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Law & Technology
  • Law & Courts

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  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • JD cum laude, University of Michigan Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor of Law and co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School

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