Associate Academic Dean


Professor Jeffrey Lefstin graduated from Brown University, Sc.B., Biology, magna cum laude (1989); University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D., Biochemistry (1997); and Stanford Law School , J.D., Order of the Coif (2000). He teaches and writes about patent and intellectual property law. He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 2003 after serving as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced patent and antitrust law with the biotechnology and litigation groups at Townsend, Townsend & Crew in San Francisco.

In his previous life he was a molecular biologist, studying mammalian gene regulatory mechanisms and DNA-protein interactions. His scientific papers appeared in Nature, Genes & Development, and the Journal of Molecular Biology. His current research focuses on the intellectual architecture of patent law and problems of interpretation in patent litigation. He has served as an expert witness on patent law matters, and lectured for Patent Bar Review courses.



  1. Stanford Law School 2000

    J.D., Law

  2. University of California, San Francisco 1997

    Ph.D., Biochemistry

  3. Brown University 1989

    Sc.B., Biology

Selected Scholarship

  1. The Three Faces of Prometheus: A Post-Alice Jurisprudence of Abstractions 04/2015

    North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology

  2. Inventive Application: A History 03/2014

    Florida Law Review

  3. Rethinking Patent Eligibility for the Modern Scientific Age 02/2014

    UC Berkeley Public Law Research Papers

  4. The Constitution of Patent Law: The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the Shape of the Federal Circuit’s Jurisprudence 03/2010

    Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

  5. The Formal Structure of Patent Law and the Limits of Enablement 04/2008

    Berkley Technology Law Journal


  1. 1st Year: Statutory Intellectual Property
  2. Legal Analysis: 1st Year