Lee Petherbridge

Professor 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 .

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