Associate Professor of Law
Professor Stephen Yelderman teaches Intellectual Property, Patent Law, and Copyrights. His research examines ways that intellectual property rights protect, impair, and stimulate competition.
Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame, Professor Yelderman served in the Telecommunication and Media section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. In this capacity, he investigated and litigated a variety of cases involving merger and non-merger conduct in the cable and wireless industries.
Previously, Professor Yelderman was an early member of Ocean Tomo Intellectual Property Auctions, the first group to sell patents in a live open outcry auction format. He also worked as a Patent Agent in Silicon Valley, representing inventors from Google, Apple, Cisco, and Honda’s humanoid robotics laboratory before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Professor Yelderman graduated with High Honors from University of Chicago Law School, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He clerked for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Courses TaughtIntellectual Property
Improving Patent Quality with Applicant Incentives, 28 Harv. J.L. & Tech. ___ (2014) (forthcoming)
International Cooperation and the Patent-Antitrust Intersection, 19 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 193 (2011).
Areas of Expertise
- Copyright Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Patent Law