Stephen Yelderman

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 2112 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.2264
Fax: 574.631.4197
Staff Assistant: Debbie Sumption
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Professor Stephen Yelderman teaches Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Copyrights, and Remedies. 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 Taught

LAW70128, Copyright Law
LAW70203, Remedies
LAW70314, Intellectual Property Survey
LAW70909, Patent Law


The Value of Accuracy in the Patent System, 84 University of Chicago Law Review 1217 (2017)

Do Patent Challenges Increase Competition?, 83 University of Chicago Law Review 1943 (2016)

Coordination-Focused Patent Policy, 96 Boston University Law Review 1565 (2016)

Improving Patent Quality with Applicant Incentives, 28 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 77 (2014)

International Cooperation and the Patent-Antitrust Intersection, 19 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 193 (2011)

Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust
  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent Law
  • Remedies