Lisa A. Dolak is Senior Vice President and University Secretary at Syracuse University, and the Angela S. Cooney Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law. As University Secretary, Professor Dolak supports the overall work of the Board and manages the Office of the Board of Trustees. She teaches courses on patent law, civil procedure and the federal courts, and serves as an expert in patent cases, attorney malpractice cases, and practitioner disciplinary 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 served during 2005-2013 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. Her research interests include issues at the intersections of patent law and judicial procedure and patent law and legal ethics. Representative publications include:
• Trial Lawyers in Trouble: Litigation Misconduct and Its Ethics Fallout, 52 U. LOUISVILLE L. REV. 225 (2014)
• Litigating Inequitable Conduct after Therasense, Exergen, and the AIA: Lessons for Litigants, Options for Owners, 13 CHI.-KENT J. INTELL. PROP. 51 (Fall 2013)
• 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)
• 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)