Dr Ryan Whalen

The Department of Law


Ryan Whalen’s research takes a data-driven approach to understanding the law and legal systems, with a particular focus on intellectual property law and innovation policy. This approach unites traditional doctrinal analyses with empirical techniques drawn from diverse fields including machine learning, natural language processing, network analysis, and data science.

His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals including the University of Chicago Law Review, Research Policy, Science & Public Policy, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Yale Law Journal Forum, the Michigan State Law Review, and the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

Ryan holds a BA(hons) from Saint Mary’s University (Canada), an MA from National Chengchi University (Taiwan), a JD from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and a PhD from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Ryan served as the editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review.

Ryan’s teaching includes classes on Legal Data Science, Patent Law, and IP and Technology Law.

Research Areas

  • Intellectual Property & Information Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Technology and Law
  • Computational Legal Studies

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