Mark A. Lemley

A.B., Stanford University, Political Science, 1988

J.D., Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Mark is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP. He litigates and counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property, antitrust, and Internet law. He has argued nineteen Federal appellate cases and numerous district court cases as well as before the California Supreme Court, and represented clients including Genentech, DISH Network, Google, Grokster, Guidewire, Hummer Winblad, Netflix, and the University of Colorado Foundation in over 95 cases in his more than two decades as a lawyer.

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and Internet law, patent law, and antitrust. He is the author of seven books (most in multiple editions) and 146 articles on these and related subjects, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust. His works have been over 200 times by courts, including eleven United States Supreme Court opinions, and over 13,000 times in books and law review articles, making him one of the five most-cited legal scholars in the world. He has published 9 of the 100 most-cited law review articles of the last twenty years, more than any other scholar, and a 2012 empirical study named him the most relevant law professor in the country. He has taught intellectual property law to federal and state judges at numerous Federal Judicial Center and ABA programs, has testified seven times before Congress and numerous times before the California legislature, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Modernization Commission on patent, trade secret, antitrust and constitutional law matters, and has filed numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the federal circuit courts of appeals.

Mark is the founder and a board member of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company providing data and analytics around IP disputes to law firms, companies, courts, and policy-makers.

Mark has been named California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year, Best Lawyers’ San Francisco IP Lawyer of the Year, and a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum. In 2009 he received the California State Bar’s inaugural IP Vanguard award. In 2002 he was chosen Boalt's Young Alumnus of the Year. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 litigators in the country under 45 by the American Lawyer, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation by the National Law Journal, one of the 10 most admired attorneys in IP by IP360, one of the 25 most influential people in IP by the American Lawyer, one of the top intellectual property lawyers in California  and  one  of  the  100  most  influential  lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, among other honors. He is a member of the American Law Institute. 

After graduating from law school, Mark clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has practiced law in Silicon Valley with Brown & Bain and with Fish & Richardson and in San Francisco with Keker & Van Nest. Until January 2000, he was the Marrs McLean Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and until June 2004 he was the Elizabeth Josslyn Boalt Professor of Law at the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys cooking, travel, yoga, and feeding his addiction to fantasy RPGs.


Selected Publications

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Mark A. Lemley