Karen E. Sandrik

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Sandrik writes in the intersection of commercial law and intellectual property law. Professor Sandrik teaches Contracts, Secured Transactions, Sales, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Technology Transfer and Commercialization.

Before joining the Willamette University College of Law faculty, Professor Sandrik was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Sandrik was an associate in the intellectual property practice group at Troutman Sanders LLP (Atlanta). Her practice focused on intellectual property disputes and complex litigation in federal courts, with a special emphasis on patent licensing and litigation. Professor Sandrik attended the Florida State University College of Law, graduating with honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif. She also served as the Senior Articles Editors of the FSU Law Review. Prior to law school, Professor Sandrik played Division I soccer at Mississippi State University and was a member of the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team.


  • JD, Florida State University College of Law, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Mississippi State University, Summa Cum Laude


  • Innovative Contracting for Better Material Transfers, Texas Intellectual Prop. L.J. (forthcoming 2015)
  • Formal But Forgiving: A New Approach to Patent Assignments, 66 Rutgers L. Rev. 299 (2014)
  • Reframing Patent Remedies, 67 Miami L. Rev. 95 (2012)
  • Warranting Rightful Claims, 72 La. L. Rev. 873 (2012)
  • Bullshit Promises, 76 Tenn. L. Rev. 379 (2009) (with Curtis Bridgeman)
  • Towards a Modern Definition of Religion, 85 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 561 (2008)
  • Note, Overlooked Tool: Promissory Fraud in the Class Action Context, 35 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 193 (2007)