Professor Kristen Jakobsen Osenga teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between law and linguistics in patent claim construction as well as other aspects of patent law and has appeared in a number of venues. Professor Osenga is a frequent speaker at symposiums on patent law and intellectual property and has made numerous presentations to academics and practitioners on these topics. Prior to joining academia, she practiced patent law and clerked for Judge Richard Linn of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Emory University School of Law and at William & Mary School of Law.
Communicating Communications Policy, Invited Speaker, 2012 TPRC: 40th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (George Mason University School of Law, September 2012)
Invited Peer Referee, Journal of Information Policy (Spring 2013)
Invited Peer Referee, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy (Spring 2013)
Invited Peer Referee, Script-ed – a Journal of Law, Technology & Society (Spring 2012)
Faculty Learning Committee participant (academic year 2011-2012)
Invited Peer Referee, U. Ill. J. L. Tech. & Pol’y (Spring 2011)
University Faculty Council (Fall 2010-present)
Languages Across the Curriculum Advisory Board (Fall 2010-present)
Invited Peer Referee, Jurimetrics (Spring 2010)
University Committee on Committees (Fall 2009-present, Chair 2012-2013)
Editorial Board member, AIPLA Quarterly Journal (Fall 2007-Fall 2010)
Curriculum Committee member (Fall 2007-present)
Student Affairs Committee member (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)
Clerkship Committee member (Fall 2012 – present, Chair)
Student Travel Fund Committee member (Fall 2012 – present)
Clinical Hiring Committee member (Fall 2012)
Coach and faculty advisor, Intellectual Property Moot Court program (Fall 2006-present)
Member, Working Group, US PTO Operations Recommendations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2009)
Member, Statutory Subject Matter Subsection of Patent Committee, AIPLA (Spring 2009 – present)
Sticks and Stones: How the FTC’s Name-Calling Misses the Complexity of Licensing-Based Business Models, 22 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1001 (2015).
Debugging Software's Schemas, 82 G.W. L. Rev. 1832 (2014).
Formerly Manufacturing Entities: Piercing the "Patent Troll" Rhetoric, 47 Conn. L. Rev. 435 (2014).
The Internet is Not a Super Highway: Using Metaphors to Communicate Information and Communications Policy, 3 J. Info. Pol'y 30 (2013).
Get the Balance Right!: Squaring Access With Patent Protection, 25 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. 309 (2012) (invited symposium essay).
What Do America's First Patents Have to Do with Today's?, invited response in Florida Law Review Forum (Fall 2012).
The Shape of Things to Come: What We Can Learn from Patent Claim Length, 28 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech L.J. 617 (2012).
A Penguin's Defense of the Doctrine of Equivalents, 6 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 313 (2011).
Cooperative Patent Prosecution: Viewing Patents through a Pragmatics Lens, 85 St. Johns L. Rev. 115 (Winter 2011).
The PTOs Fast Track Takes Us in the Wrong Direction, 2010 Patently-O Patent L.J. 89.
Recent Developments in Patent Law, 3 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 303 (2009).
Information May Want to Be Free, but Information Products Do Not: Protecting and Facilitating Transactions in Information Products, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 2099 (2009).
Ants, Elephant Guns, and Statutory Subject Matter, 39 Ariz. St. L.J. 1087 (2007).
Rembrandts in the Research Lab: Why Universities Should Take a Lesson from Big Business to Increase Innovation, 59 Me. L. Rev. 407 (2007).
Linguistics and Claim Construction, 38 Rutgers L. J. 61 (2006).
Entrance Ramps, Tolls, and Express Lanes – Proposals for Decreasing Traffic Congestion in the Patent Office, 33 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 119 (2005).
Rethinking Reexamination Reform: Is it time for corrective surgery or is it time to amputate?, 14 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 217 (2003).
Still Aiming at the Wrong Target: A Case for Business Method and Software Patents from a Business Perspective, in Perspectives on Patentable Subject Matter (Michael Abramowicz, F. Scott Kieff & James E. Daily eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014).
The Componentization of Information, in Feist, Facts, and Functions (Robert Brauneis ed., Edward Elgar Press, 2009).
Book Review, The IP Law Book Review, Feb. 2011, at 85 (reviewing William Kingston, Beyond Intellectual Property: Matching Information Protection to Innovation).
What others are saying: FTC's PAE study (Innovation Alliance)
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016
Op-ed: The FTC's PAE Study: Doing more harm than good (IPWatchdog)
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016
Podcast: The Supreme Court rules, again (The Federalist Society)
Wed., Jun. 15, 2016
Attorney General's patent troll unit (WCVE)
Thu., Feb. 11, 2016
Attorney General targeting 'patent trolls' (WRIC 8 News)
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
Patent 'reform': What we need first is a role reversal (ACS Blog)
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
Taking aim at 'patent trolls' (Virginia Business)
Thu., Aug. 28, 2014
Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (NewsHub)
Thu., Jun. 19, 2014
Patent Case Could Upset International Law (The Daily Caller)
Mon., May. 5, 2014
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Language
Legislation and Regulation