Donald S. Chisum

Donald S. Chisum is co-founder of the Chisum Patent Academy, established in 2009. He is the sole author of Chisum on Patents, a multiple volume treatise, which was first published in October 1978. He regularly revises the treatise to account for developments in United States patent law. He is also the sole author of the Patent Law Digest (annually since 1991 and as the 25th Federal Circuit Anniversary Edition, LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2008.) He is also author of the Chisum Patent Law Reference GuidesTM, which are available at

In 1989, Chisum received the Jefferson Medal Award from the New Jersey Patent Law Association, for outstanding contribution to the constitutional goals of the patent and copyright systems.

Chisum was professor of law at the University of Washington from 1969 to 1996 and professor of law at Santa Clara University from 1997 to 2006. From 1997 to 2006, he directed the Santa Clara Summer Institute on International and Comparative Intellectual Property, Munich, Germany. From 1989 to 1992, he served on the Board of Directors, American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Chisum has authored numerous articles on developments in patent law, including Weeds and Seeds in the Supreme Court’s Business Method Patents Decision: New Directions for Regulating Patent Scope, — Lewis & Clark L. Rev. —- (2011) (SSRN 1698633); Patenting Intangible Methods: Revisiting Benson (1972) After Bilksi (2010), — Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L. J. —- (2011) (SSRN 1698724); Chisum, Written Description of the Invention: Ariad (2010) and the Overlooked Invention Priority Principle, 2010 Patently‑O Patent L.J. 72; Reforming Patent Law Reform, 4 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L 336 (2005); The Supreme Court and Patent Law: Does Shallow Reasoning Lead to Thin Law? 3 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review 1 (1999); The Scope Of Protection For Patents After The Supreme Court’s Warner‑Jenkinson Decision: The Fair Protection—Certainty Conundrum, 14 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 1 (1998); Patent Law and the Presumption of Moral Regularity: A Critical Review of Recent Federal Circuit Decisions on Inequitable Conduct and Willful Infringement, 69 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 27 (1987); Anticipation, Enablement and Obviousness: An Eternal Golden Braid, 15 American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal 57 (1987); The Patentability of Algorithms, 47 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 959 (1986); Sources of Prior Art in Patent Law, 52 Washington Law Review l (1976); “Afterthoughts” and Undisclosed Advantages as Evidence of Patentability: From Salt Dredges to Polystyrenes, 57 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 437 (1975); The Allocation of Jurisdiction Between State and Federal Courts in Patent Litigation, 46 Washington Law Review 633 (1971).

Donald’s complete c.v.


©2024 Chisum Patent Academy - All Rights Reserved

Chisum Patent Academy, Inc. 951 Delong Road, Lexington, KY 40515 | (855) - DCHISUM or (855) 324-4786 |

Website design by Bluegrass Internet Services