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Lisa Larrimore Ouellette is an Associate Professor 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.

Shyamkrishna Balganesh is a Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is also a Co-Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC). His scholarship focuses on understanding how copyright law and intellectual property can benefit from the use of ideas, concepts and structures from different areas of the common law, especially private law. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School, a B.C.L. and an M.Phil in Law from Oxford, and a B.A.., LL.B (Hons.) from the National Law School of India.

Camilla Hrdy is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of 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.

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.

Alumni and guest authors: Past authors at Written Description are SMU Law Professor Sarah Tran, who sadly passed away in 2014; George Washington University Law Professor Dmitry Karshtedt; Columbia Law School Fellow Maggie Wittlin; Christopher Suarez, now at Williams & Connolly; and Tan Mau Wu, who currently works as a patent agent. 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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