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Karen Sandrik

Associate Dean for Faculty; Maynard & Bertha Wilson Professor of Law

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Salem Campus

Collins Legal Center 410
245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301


Professor Sandrik's research focuses on the intersection of commercial law and intellectual property law. Generally, she seeks to address problems within domestic and international patent law, specifically patent licensing, patent damages, and innovation incentives, by employing the lens of contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code. Most recently, Sandrik has been writing about public-private partnerships in the context of IP transfer and commercialization. Sandrik's teaching reflects this research interest. She regularly teaches a combination of the following courses: Contract Law I & II, Secured Transactions, Sales, IP Survey, Patent Law, and IP Transfer & Commercialization. She regularly teaches two simulation-style classes: Deals and IP Law & Practice. In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Sandrik is Co-Director of the Business Lawyering Institute and Director of the Certificate Program in Law and Business.

Before joining the Willamette University College of Law faculty, Sandrik was a visiting assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Law. While at FSU, Sandrik taught contracts, sales, IP law, and IP licensing. Prior to entering academia, 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 special emphasis on patent licensing and litigation.

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 editor of the FSU Law Review. Before law school, Sandrik played Division I soccer at Mississippi State University and was a member of the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team. She graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.


  • JD, Florida State University College of Law, Order of the Coif
  • BS, Mississippi State University, Summa Cum Laude
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Willamette University
College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405