Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

Faculty Affiliate

Associate Professor of Law |  Justin M. Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette is an Associate Professor at Stanford Law School. Her scholarship addresses empirical and theoretical problems in intellectual property and innovation law. She takes advantage of her training in physics to explore policy issues such as how scientists use the technical information in patents, how scientific expertise might improve patent examination, the patenting of publicly funded research under the Bayh–Dole Act, and the integration of IP with other levers of innovation policy. She has also written about how online search results could address the evidentiary problem of trademark distinctiveness, the value of online surveys in First Amendment cases, and about the potential for different standards of review to create what she terms “deference mistakes” in numerous areas of law. She has authored over 300 posts for her blog, Written Description. In 2018, she received the law school’s John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prior to her appointment at Stanford Law School, Professor Ouellette was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She also clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge John M. Walker, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow in Contract Law. She earned a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University as well as a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College, and she has conducted scientific research at the Max Planck Institute, CERN, and NIST.