University of Richmond


Kristen Jakobsen Osenga

Associate Professor of Law

Room: 226
Building: School of Law


Office: (804) 289-8112
Fax: (804) 289-8992

Courses Taught: Patent Law; Trademark and Unfair Competition Law; International Intellectual Property; Property

Kristen Jakobsen Osenga teaches intellectual property courses, including Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and International Intellectual Property. She joined the law school in 2006, after teaching two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Her most recent research has focused on the intersection between law and language in the field of patent law. Professor Osenga has also written on statutory subject matter in patent law, patent exploitation by universities, patent office reform, and intellectual property protection for databases and software. She is a frequent speaker at academic and bar presentations.

After being awarded a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University, Professor Osenga attended the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to Order of the Coif. After graduation, she worked at the intellectual property law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP in Washington, DC, and then clerked for Judge Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (2000)
Order of the Coif; Magna Cum Laude; Notes Editor, University Of Illinois Journal Of Law, Technology & Policy

M.S., Southern Illinois University (2001)
Electrical Engineering

B.S.E., University of Iowa (1994)
Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Law, 2009 - present

Assistant Professor of Law, 2006-2009
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Visiting Professor of Law, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Va.

Visiting Professor of Law, Fall 2007
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Ga.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 2004-2006
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Clerk to the Hon. Richard Linn, 2002-2004
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – Washington, D.C.

Associate Attorney, 2000-2002
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP – Washington, D.C.



Information May Want to Be Free, but Information Products Do Not: Protecting and Facilitating Transactions in Information Products, 30 Cardozo Law Rev. 2099 (2009)

Ants, Elephant Guns, and Statutory Subject Matter, 39 Arizona State Law Journal 1087 (2007), available at

Rembrandts in the Research Lab: Why Universities should Take a Lesson from Big Business to Increase Innovation, 59 Maine Law Review 407 (2007), available at

Linguistics and Claim Construction, 38 Rutgers University Law Journal 61(2006), available at

Entrance Ramps, Tolls, and Express Lanes – Proposals for Decreasing Traffic Congestion in the Patent Office, 33 Florida State University Law Review 119  (2005), available at

Rethinking Reexamination Reform: Is it time for corrective surgery or is it time to amputate?, 14 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, & Entertainment Law Journal 217 (2003).

Bar Admissions

Registered Patent Attorney, United States Patent & Trademark Office
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit