Shawn P. Miller joined Stanford Law School as an Olin-Searle fellow in law during the summer of 2013. From July 2014 through June 2017, he served as the teaching fellow in charge of Stanford’s Law, Science & Technology LL.M. program. Since July 2017 he has been the Intellectual Property Research Fellow directing empirical IP research at Stanford Law School. His interests span the law and economics of innovation and intellectual property rights and his recent work has focused on patent quality, the economics of software patent and non-practicing entity litigation and the connections between patent litigation rates, the macro economy and research and development. His work has appeared in the Texas Law Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Stanford Technology Law Review and the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.
Under the supervision of Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Shawn is managing the creation of the first database to comprehensively categorize patent plaintiffs by type, including categories for practicing and non-practicing entities. Shawn’s responsibilities include teaching the Patent Troll Practicum, which has been offered to JD and LLM students since Fall 2013. Once complete, the database will be public and has the potential to greatly inform current discussions about the need for patent reform aimed at curbing so-called “patent trolls”.
Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Shawn was an adjunct professor of economics at the University of San Diego, where he taught undergraduate Law and Economics. Shawn graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in mechanical engineering and philosophy. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Notre Dame Law School and his economics Ph.D. from George Mason University. Following law school, Shawn practiced intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution in the Chicago office of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, LLP.