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.

Professor Anderson teaches and writes about patent law, trade secret law, and real property. His latest articles, “Patent Dialogue,” 92 N.C. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014) and “Congress as a Catalyst in Patent Reform,” 63 Am. U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014), explore the institutional dynamics of the patent system, focusing on the role that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit plays in facilitating dialogue between Congress and the Supreme Court regarding patent policy. He has published empirical scholarship regarding the Federal Circuit’s practice of claim construction in “Informal Deference: An Historical, Empirical, and Normative Analysis of Patent Claim Construction,” 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2013) (co-authored with Peter S. Menell). 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 & 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 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).