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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 Janet Freilich writes and teaches in the areas of patent law, intellectual property, and civil procedure. She has published in Science, the UC Irvine Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, and others. She won the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize, the Irving Oberman Memorial Award in Intellectual Property, and the Cloud Based Research Computing Project Award. Prior to entering academia, Professor Freilich practiced at Covington & Burling LLP as a patent litigator and prosecutor.

Professor Freilich was a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. She was Harvard Law School’s inaugural postdoctoral fellow in private law and intellectual property with the Program on the Foundations of Private Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and 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)