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Janet Freilich

Fordham Law Professor Janet Freilich

Associate Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-6824
Office: 8-120

Faculty Assistant: Joseph Nolfo

Research and Teaching Areas

Patent Law; Intellectual Property; Civil Procedure


Professor Freilich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Board of Student Advisors and the Journal of Law and Technology and was a student fellow with the John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics. Most recently, she served as Harvard Law's inaugural postdoctoral fellow in private law and intellectual property with the Program on the Foundations of Private Law. In 2010 she won the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award in Intellectual Property in 2012 for her writing in patent law. Her research is in patent law, with a focus on the life sciences. She has published in the Iowa Law Review, the SMU Law Review, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to entering academia, she practiced at Covington & Burling LLP as a patent litigator and prosecutor. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology.

Selected Publications

  • Prophetic Patents, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019) Available at SSRN
  • Patent Clutter, 103 Iowa L. Rev. 925 (2018). Available at SSRN
  • Towards Patent Standardization, 30 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 233 (2017).  Available at SSRN.
  • Patent Infringement in the Context of Follow-On Biologics (2012). 16 STAN. TECH. L. REV. 9 (2012) . Available at SSRN.
  • The Uninformed Topography of Patent Scope (May 27, 2015). 19 Stanford Technology Law Review 150 (2015). Available at SSRN.
  • The Paradox of Legal Equivalents and Scientific Equivalence: Reconciling Patent Law's Doctrine of Equivalents with the FDA's Bioequivalence Requirement (2013). 66 S.M.U. L. Rev. 59 (2013). Available at SSRN.
  • Science Fiction: Fictitious Experiments in Patents, 364 Science 1036 (June 2019) (with Lisa Larrimore Ouellette) Available at Sciencemag
  • The Reproducibility Crisis in Patent Law, Indiana L.J. (forthcoming 2020) 
  • A Selection Model of Patent Law, U.C. Irvine L.R. (forthcoming 2020)