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)
The Internet is Not a Super Highway: Using Metaphors to Communicate Information and Communications Policy, 3 J. Info. Pol'y 30 (2013). [Journal]
What Do America's First Patents Have to Do with Today's?, invited response in Florida Law Review Forum (Fall 2012). [Journal]
The PTOs Fast Track Takes Us in the Wrong Direction, 2010 Patently-O Patent L.J. 89.
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).
Intellectual Property Law
Law and Language
Legislation and Regulation