Karen Sandrik

Assistant Professor of Law


  • JD, Florida State University, Order of the Coif, 2008
  • BA, Mississippi State University, summa cum laude, 2005

Areas of Expertise

Professor Sandrik teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, secured transactions, sales, intellectual property law, patent law, and technology transfer and commercialization. Her current research focuses on the intersection of commercial law and intellectual property law.

Professional Experience

Before Willamette, Sandrik was a visiting assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to teaching, Sandrik was an associate in the intellectual property practice group at Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta. Her practice focused on intellectual property disputes and complex litigation in federal courts, with a special emphasis on patent licensing and litigation.

Prior to law school, Sandrik played Division 1 soccer at Mississippi State University and was a member of the U-23 U.S. Women's National Team.

She joined the Willamette University College of Law faculty in 2012.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

Sandrik is admitted to practice law by the State Bars of Georgia (inactive) and Oregon.

Key Works

Law Review Articles and Essays

  • "Life After Halo: The New Standard of Enhanced Remedies" (forthcoming 2017).
  • "Restitutionary Remedies for Collaboration Agreements" (forthcoming 2017).
  • "A Restitution Perspective on Reasonable Royalties" in 36 The Review of Litigation (with Golden) (forthcoming 2016).
  • "A Uniform Grace Period: Promoting International Research and Development Collaboration" in 91 Tulane Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
  • "Empowering Inventors" in 30 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming 2016).
  • "Innovative Contracting for Better Material Transfers" in 24 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (forthcoming 2016).
  • "Formal But Forgiving: A New Approach to Patent Assignments" in 66 Rutgers Law Review 299 (2014).
  • "Reframing Patent Remedies" in 67 Miami Law Review 95 (2012).
  • "Warranting Rightful Claims" in 72 Louisiana Law Review 873 (2012).
  • "Bullshit Promises" in 76 Tennessee Law Review 379 (with Bridgeman) (2009).

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