Lee Petherbridge

Lee Petherbridge Professor of Law, Richard A. Vachon, S.J. Fellow

Professor of Law
Richard A. Vachon, S.J. Fellow

Courses Taught

  • Property
  • Administrative Law
  • Patent Law
  • Biological Foundations of Law
  • Advanced Topics in Patent Law
  • Intellectual Property




  • 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, 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 the life sciences and the law. They include jurisprudence, administration of law, the rules and institutional arrangements developed to foster invention and innovation, and the impact of such rules and arrangements on law, science, and the public at large.  Professor Petherbridge is an author of over 35 articles and essays.  His work has been cited over 1000 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.

Selected Scholarship