April 15, 2019 - Professor Neel Sukhatme Named Thomas Edison Visiting Scholar at U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Georgetown Law professor and Tech Institute Faculty Advisor Neel Sukhatme was named the Thomas Alva Edison Distinguished Scholar at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today.

The Edison Distinguished Scholars are senior scholars and experts in law, economics, and related fields. They are invited to the Patent & Trademark Office to pursue their research on a wide range of topics related to IP and IP policy. They also advise policy makers on matters close to their areas of expertise. Georgetown Law professor Jay Thomas served as the inaugural Edison Scholar in 2012.

Professor Sukhatme is an Associate Professor at the Law School, where he teaches classes on patent law and empirical methods. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, where he was awarded the 2014 Towbes Prize for Outstanding Teaching, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Sukhatme received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois.

Professor Sukhatme’s research focuses on empirical patent law and law and economics. He teaches Property, Patent Law, Corporate Finance, and Empirical Analysis for Lawyers and Policymakers, and he co-directs the Georgetown Law and Economics Workshop series.

Some of his forthcoming and recent work includes:

  • Neel U. Sukhatme & Son Le, Reaching for Mediocrity: Competition and Stagnation in Pharmaceutical Innovation (working paper) [Gtown Law]

  • Neel U. Sukhatme & M. Gregg Bloche, Health Care Costs and the Arc of Innovation, 104 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming) [Gtown Law]

  • Neel U. Sukhatme & Ofer Eldar, Will Delaware Be Different? An Empirical Study of TC Heartland and the Shift to Defendant Choice of Venue, 104 Cornell L. Rev. 101-163 (2018).


  • Neel U. Sukhatme & Erik Hovenkamp, Vertical Mergers and the MFN Thicket in Television, Antitrust Chron., Aug. 2018, at 1-8. [WWW]

  • Neel U. Sukhatme, "Loser Pays" in Patent Examination, 54 Hous. L. Rev. 165-208 (2016). [WWW]

  • Neel U. Sukhatme, Regulatory Monopoly and Differential Pricing in the Market for Patents, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1855-1922 (2014). [WWW]

Congratulations Neel!