Lisa A. Dolak is the Angela S. Cooney Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York. At Syracuse University, Prof. Dolak teaches courses on patent law, practice and procedure in the federal courts, and law politics and the media. She serves as Associate Director of the Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism and Associate Director of the Syracuse University Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. In her professional consulting practice, she serves as an expert in patent and related cases, and advises on litigation matters and patent reexamination proceedings. During a sabbatical leave from Syracuse University, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Paul R. Michel, Judge (Ret.), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has served since January 2005 as a member of the Federal Circuit's Advisory Council.
Prior to attending law school, Prof. Dolak worked for several years as a synthetic organic chemist in pharmaceutical research aimed at the development of new drugs at Bristol-Myers Company and Ayerst Laboratories Research, Inc.
Prof. Dolak received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Duquesne University and her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Dolak's research interests include issues at the intersections of patent law and judicial procedure, patent law and the media, and patent law and legal ethics. Representative publications include:
America Invents the Supplemental Examination But Retains the Duty of Candor: Questions and Implications, 6 AKRON I.P. J. 147 (2012)
Ethics in Intellectual Property Negotiations: Issues and Illustrations, 40 AIPLA Q.J. 197 (2012)
One Patent, Two Paths: Federal Circuit Review of Divergent USPTO and District Court Decisions, 4 No. 2 Landslide 22 (2011)
Inequitable Conduct: A Flawed Doctrine Worth Saving, 11 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. 1 (Fall 2010)
The United States Patent System in the Media Mirror, 58 SYR. L. REV. 459 (2008) (with Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D.)
Power or Prudence: Toward a Better Standard for Evaluating Patent Litigants' Access to the Declaratory Judgment Remedy, 41 U.S.F. L. REV. 407 (2007)
The Ethics of Delaying Prosecution, 53 AM. U. L. REV. 739 (2004)
Risky Business: The Perils of Representing Competitors, 30 A.I.P.L.A. Q.J. 413 (2002)