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Judge Arthur Gajarsa - Biography

Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence
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JD, Georgetown University Law Center



Advanced Patent Law Seminar


Judge Arthur Gajarsa, retired from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has joined us as the first Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. He began teaching at UNH Law in the fall of 2012 and is working with us to enhance our practice-ready curriculum, as well as providing strategic guidance as we build the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property into a global hub for innovation.

Judge Gajarsa was appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1997. Prior to this, he was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Joseph, Gajarsa, McDermott and Reiner. He also served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, worked as an attorney in the Department of Defense specializing in defense systems analysis and intellectual property rights, and served as special counsel and assistant to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

He has long been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, from which he received his JD. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in economics from the Catholic University of America.

See Presentations >>
The America Invents Act, Post Grant Review, April 20, 2012
The America Invents Act, First to File Patent System, April 17, 2012
The America Invents Act, March 20, 2012