Mark Lemley: Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Partner at Durie Tangri & Founder of Lex Machina

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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, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books (all in multiple editions) and 151 articles on these and related subjects, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust. His works have been cited more than 210 times by courts, including eleven United States Supreme Court opinions, and more than 13,000 times in books and law review articles, making him one of the five most cited legal scholars of all time. 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. His articles have appeared or will appear in 23 of the top 25 law reviews, in top economic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics, and in multiple peer- reviewed and specialty journals.  Mark is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP. He has argued 22 federal appellate cases and numerous district court cases as well as in the California Supreme Court. Mark is also a founder of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company providing data and analytics around IP disputes to law firms, companies, courts, and policymakers.

Mark has been named California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year twice (in 2005 and again in 2015), Best Lawyers’ San Francisco IP Lawyer of the Year (2010), and a Young Global Leader by the Davos World Economic Forum (2007). In 2009 he received the California State Bar’s inaugural IP Vanguard Award. In 2002 he was chosen as 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 (2007), one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation by the National Law Journal (2006 and 2013), one of the 10 most admired attorneys in IP (2010) by IP360, one of the 25 most influential people in IP (2010) by the American Lawyer, among other honors. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

What do you do best?

I figure out hard concepts and try to explain them clearly to others.

What makes you the best?

Standing on the shoulders of giants . . .

What are your aspirations?

To increase the world's storehouse of knowledge.  I do that in three ways.  First, by learning something I didn't know.  Second, by teaching people something they didn't know.  Third, and most precious, by figuring out something no one knew.

Biggest Success?

Persuading courts to keep the law from interfering with innovation on the Internet.

Most Challenging Moment?

Summoning the nerve to run off a cliff in Canada the first time I went paragliding.  [Totally worth it, by the way].

Favorite Motto?

"Some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate, and for them I cannot disagree.  But I never learned nothing from playing it safe; I say fate should not tempt me."  Mary-Chapin Carpenter

Favorite People?

My wife. 

Favorite Places?

The Big Sur coast in California

Favorite Products?


Current Passions?

Cooking.  Hiking.  Travel.  Yoga.  Video games.