Jonas Anderson

Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Room 318
Phone: 202-274-4273
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Jonas Anderson is Assistant Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law. Before coming to American University, he worked as a research fellow with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at U.C. Berkeley Law School. Prior to that, Professor Anderson clerked for Judge Alan D. Lourie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and then practiced patent litigation and intellectual property licensing at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, California. He will be on leave in Fall 2014 as a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Professor Anderson teaches and writes about patent law, trade secret law, and real property. His most recent work, Litigant Shopping: Federal Courts and the Competition for Patent Cases, 163 U. PENN. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014), argues that forum shopping in patent law is partially the result of federal district courts seeking to attract patent litigants via favorable administrative procedures. He has also written on the institutional dynamics of the patent system, particularly on the role that the Federal Circuit plays in mediating between Congress and the Supreme Court (Patent Dialogue, 92 N.C. L. REV. 1049 (2014) and Congress as a Catalyst in Patent Reform, 63 AM. U. L. REV. 101 (2014)). His article Informal Deference: A Historical, Empirical, and Normative Analysis of Patent Claim Construction, 108 NW. U. L. REV. 1 (2014) (co-authored with Peter S. Menell) was cited in all three opinions in the Federal Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Lighting Ballast v. Philips. His article, Secret Inventions, 26 BERKELEY TECH. L.J. 917 (2011), was selected as one of the year’s best law review articles related to intellectual property and republished in Intellectual Property Law Review (West 2012).

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.) and the University of Utah (B.S., Physics).



Areas of Specialization

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Property Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard University 2006
  • B.S., University of Utah 2002

  • Selected Publications

    • + More Publications...

  • + Selected Works in Progress

    • J. Jonas Anderson, The Market for Patent Litigation, (manuscript in progress).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Litigant Shopping: Federal Courts and the Competition for Patent Cases (Junior IP Scholars Workshop, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 2014).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Lobbying by Federal Judges (4th Annual Patent Conference, University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, Cal., Apr. 2014).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Patent Dialogue (Patent Trolls & Patent Reform Conference, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, Cal., Mar. 2014).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Gene Patents (Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Annual Symposium, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 2014).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentatii, Litigant Shopping in Patent Law (Florida State University IP Workshop, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., Dec. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Patent Dialogue (Center for Intellectual Property Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Moderator, Patent Legislation to Stop Patent Trolls (Patent + Policy Conference, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Nov. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation & Organizer, Patent Dialogue (Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Patent Works-in-Progress, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Sept. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Congress as a Catalyst (Third Annual Patent Conference, Chicago Kent Law School, Chi., Ill., Apr. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Informal Deference (George Washington University Law School Faculty Workshop, D.C., Jan. 2013).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Obviousness Since KSR (D.C. Bar Association IP Section Meeting, D.C., Dec. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Shaping Legislation: The Federal Circuit’s Emerging Dialogic Relationship with Congress (Junior Scholars Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Informal Deference (Mid-Atlantic Works In Progress, D.C., Sept. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Plenary Speaker, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (Stanford Law School, Stanford, Cal., Aug. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Shaping Legislation: The Federal Circuit’s Emerging Dialogic Relationship with Congress (Junior Scholars Workshop, Catholic University, D.C., June 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Informal Deference (Patent Conference, Boston College University College of Law, Bos., Mass., May 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Informal Deference (George Mason Law School Faculty Workshop, Arlington, Va., Apr. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Top Twenty Cases for the FDA in 2012 (Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Meeting, D.C., Apr. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Moderator, Patent Post-grant Symposium (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Jan. 2012).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, United States Patent Law (University of Havana, Havana, Cuba, Dec. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, United States Patent Law (American University Washington College of Law, (before delegation of Brazilian judges), D.C., Nov. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Empirical Claim Construction (11th Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Depaul University College of Law, Chi., Ill., Aug. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Secret Inventions (10th Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, Cal., Aug. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, The Market for Patent Litigation (Patent Conference, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kan., Apr. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Do Patents Promote Innovation? (U.C. Hastings College of Law, S.F., Cal., Mar. 2011).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Organizer, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, Cal., Aug. 2010).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Secret Inventions, Infringement Liability, and Bilski (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Wash., July 2010).
    • J. Jonas Anderson, Presentation, Patent Law at the ITC (Federal Judicial Conference, International Trade Commission, D.C., Oct. 2009).