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Lisa Larrimore Ouellette is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She created Written Description as a 3L in 2011 to promote discussion of IP scholarship. She has a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell and a J.D. from Yale, where she was a Yale Law Journal Articles Editor, and she has clerked for Judge Timothy Dyk on the Federal Circuit and Judge John Walker, Jr., on the Second Circuit. Her scholarship focuses on patent law and innovation. Follow her at @PatentScholar.

Michael Risch is a Professor of Law at Villanova University. His scholarship has included work on patentable subject matter, utility, written description, NPEs, and patent licensing markets, and he has been cited twice by the U.S. Supreme Court. Risch received his A.B. from Stanford and his J.D. from Chicago Law, and he was a partner at IP boutique Russo & Hale prior to entering academia. Follow him at @ProfRisch.

Camilla Hrdy is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Akron School of Law. She writes on doctrinal issues in intellectual property law, in particular patent law, trademark law, and trade secret law. Her research has focused on the role of state and local governments as generators of innovation policy—including the provocative argument that U.S. states can and should offer state patents as a way of incentivizing local innovation and promoting experimentation and bottom-up patent reform. She holds a J.D. from Berkeley, a B.A. from Harvard, and an M.Phil. in the History & Philosophy of Science from Cambridge. Follow her at @CamillaHrdy.

Alumni and guest authors: Past authors at Written Description are SMU Law Professor Sarah Tran, who passed away in 2014; George Washington University Law Professor Dmitry Karshtedt; Nebraska College of Law Professor Maggie Wittlin; Christopher Suarez, now at Williams & Connolly; Tan Mau Wu, who currently works as a patent agent; and University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Shyamkrishna Balganesh. We have also featured guest posts by scholars including Jonathan Masur, Allison Tait, and David Taylor, as well as by numerous scholars in the Classic Patent Scholarship Series. If you are interested in guest blogging on Written Description, please contact Lisa Ouellette at

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