Stephen Yelderman

Stephen Yelderman

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 joined the faculty in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame, Yelderman served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he investigated and litigated a variety of cases involving the cable TV and telecommunications industries. Previously, Yelderman worked as a Patent Agent in Silicon Valley, representing inventors before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

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



Prior Art in the District Court, 95 Notre Dame Law Review 837 (2019)

Prior Art in Inter Partes Review, 104 Iowa Law Review 2705 (2019)

Proximate vs. Geographic Limits on Patent Damages, 7 IP Theory (2018)

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)

Other Writing

Amicus Curiae Brief of Law Professor Stephen Yelderman in Support of Petitioner, WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. (No. 16-1011) (March 1, 2018)

Negotiating IP’s Boundaries in an Evolving World, 92 Notre Dame Law Review 1421 (2017) (symposium introduction)

Areas of Expertise

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

In the News

Two ND Law professors cited at Supreme Court, Notre Dame Law School News, April 19, 2018

Supreme Court patent case has major implications for international relations, Notre Dame News, April 13, 2018