Intellectual Property and Technology Law at William & Mary

William & Mary Law School prepares students for practice in the dynamic and increasingly important fields of intellectual property and technology law. From courses and events to real-world externships, students have multiple opportunities to engage with cutting-edge issues in copyright law, trademark law, patent law, and related topics. Our alumni work in various settings, including private practice, in-house counsel for biotech, fashion, and other firms, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Applied Evidence in a Technological Age           Internet Law
Copyright Law Patent Law
Copyright Law Litigation Seminar Patent Litigation Seminar
Electronic Discovery Privacy Law
Entertainment Law Litigation Seminar Technology-Augmented Trial Advocacy
Intellectual Property Telecommunications Law and Policy
International Intellectual Property Law Trademark Law

Courses offered during the 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 academic years. Not all courses are offered every year.

Full-Time Faculty
Rebecca Green Rebecca Green teaches and researches privacy law and election law and is the co-director of the Law School’s Election Law Program. She was the 2016 recipient of the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award.
Laura Heymann Laura A. Heymann teaches and researches copyright law and trademark law. Her scholarship on trademark law and linguistics was highlighted in the New York Times. She is the recipient of both the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award and the College’s Thomas Jefferson Teaching Prize.
Fredric Lederer Fredric I. Lederer is the founder and director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology. He teaches and researches the use of technology in trial practice, including the implications of technology on the presentation of evidence and remote witness testimony.
Paul Marcus

Paul Marcus teaches seminars on copyright law litigation and entertainment law litigation, drawing on his practice experience in Los Angeles. He is a co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, serves as President of the Association of American Law Schools, and was the 2017 recipient of the McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching.

Sarah Rajec

Sarah R. Wasserman Rajec researches the intersection of patent law and international trade law, reflecting her private practice experience as well as her work with the Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She previously taught at Stanford Law School and the George Washington University Law School.

James Stern

James Y. Stern joined the faculty after a clerkship with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court and a fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Law. His research focuses on intellectual property and property theory, with publications in the nation’s leading law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review and the California Law Review.

Recent William & Mary Alumni in IP Law

Many of our alumni who have graduated in the past ten years are in leading positions in intellectual property law across the country. Here are just a few:

Ashley Crenshaw  

Ashley Crenshaw ’10
Corporate Counsel, Marriott International
Bethesda, Maryland

 "William & Mary provided me with a solid foundation on which I have been able to build a career as an intellectual property attorney. The emphasis that the school places on the concept of the citizen lawyer has inspired me to seek out opportunities to provide intellectual property services to non-profit organizations such as schools, museums, and foundations that provide important services to the community, but which might not otherwise have access to IP professionals."

Brian Focarino  
Brian Focarino ’15
Associate, Trademark, Copyright and Advertising, Cooley LLP
Boston, Massachusetts

“I often joke that my practice isn’t just national or international, but interstellar. It encompasses everything from centuries-old heritage brands to space exploration start-ups. America’s oldest law school laid the foundation for me to represent the world’s newest, most disruptive companies.”

Lindsay Kaplan  
Lindsay Kaplan ’09
Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Washington, DC

“I owe immense gratitude to the IP professors at William & Mary for opening my eyes and mind to all of the opportunities in the trademark field and cultivating my interest in trademark law. Everything I learned in those classes set me up for success at my firm from Day One."

Mark Pike  
Mark Pike ’09
Product Counsel, Slack
San Francisco, California

"When I came to William & Mary, I knew I wanted to focus on learning about technology issues. I had the opportunity to take classes on copyright litigation, European Internet law, privacy, and much more. My classroom experiences helped me land quality internships in the field. I'm thrilled that William & Mary gave me the opportunity to go from studying in Colonial Williamsburg to working in Silicon Valley."

Jarred Taylor  
Jarred Taylor ’13
Former Associate Product Counsel, Twitter
San Francisco, California

"William & Mary taught me how to quickly learn and apply new concepts, how to spot nuanced legal issues among complicated facts, and how to be a zealous advocate and advisor to my clients — all critical skills for success in the fast-paced field of technology law."

Tiffany Walden   Tiffany Walden ’09
General Counsel, Olaplex LLC
Santa Barbara, California

“Being General Counsel of a young, but fast-growing company has many challenges and opportunities.  My education and coursework at William & Mary provided me with a great framework for the various issues that come up each day, as well as with the critical thinking and reasoning skills that have proved invaluable in my legal career.”

The Stanley H. Mervis Lecture

The Stanley H. Mervis Lectureship in Intellectual Property was created in memory of Stanley Mervis in 2003 by his family and friends. Mervis, a member of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1950, was patent counsel for Polaroid Corporation for most of his career and was actively involved in important patent and intellectual property issues. Recent Mervis lecturers have included Prof. Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley), Prof. Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia), the Hon. H. Robert Mayer (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), and the Hon. Marybeth Peters (former Register of Copyrights).

Student Intellectual Property Society

Our Student Intellectual Property Society is one of the most active student organizations at the Law School. It hosts multiple speakers, educational presentations, and networking events each semester, featuring attorneys from a variety of fields. SIPS also arranges mentoring relationships with alumni; and provides advice and guidance on IP careers. Members also have access to an IP internship guide and an IP alumni database.

Student Scholarships and Awards

The Stanley H. Mervis Scholarship Endowment in Intellectual Property provides scholarship assistance to a third-year student who intends to practice intellectual property law upon graduating from William & Mary Law School.  Stanley H. Mervis was a member of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1950, as well as a 1947 graduate of the College, and was an exceptionally talented patent attorney specializing in chemical patent law for the Polaroid Corporation for thirty-nine years. Zella Loew Mervis established the scholarship in memory of her husband.

The Thalia V. Warnement Scholarship in Intellectual Property Law provides scholarship assistance to a worthy student who intends to pursue a career in intellectual property law. Thalia Vassilatos Warnement, a member of the William & Mary Law School Class of 1993, was a talented lawyer specializing in patent prosecution and client counseling and was known for her commitment to the career development of young lawyers. The scholarship was established in Thalia Warnement's memory by her friends and family and her colleagues at the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

The American Bar Association and Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law is presented to a graduating student for superior academic performance in the field of intellectual property law. Previous winners have gone on to careers in leading IP firms throughout the country.