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Oregon Civic Justice Center 209
790 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
(503) 370-6545

Professor Sandrik's research focuses on the intersection of commercial law and intellectual property law. Most recently, her writing seeks to address problems within patent law, specifically patent licensing, patent damages, and innovation incentives, by employing the lens of contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code. Sandrik's teaching reflects this research interest. She teaches contracts, secured transactions, sales, deals, IP law, patent law, and IP transfer and commercialization. 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


  • Distinctly Claiming an Invention, S.M.U. L. Rev. (forthcoming Winter 2020)
  • Proving Priority: Assigning Employee Inventions in a Global Market, 41 Univ. Penn. J. Int’l L. 755 (2020)
  • Punishing the Malicious Pirate in Patent Law, 37 Rev. Litig. 369 (2019)
  • The Post-Grant Life, Coordinating & Strategizing Challenges of Issued Patents in Multiple Continents, 17 Chi-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 101 (2018)
  • A Restitution Perspective on Reasonable Royalties, 36 The Review of Litigation (2017 symposium article with John M. Golden)
  • A Uniform Grace Period: Promoting International Research and Development Collaboration, 91 Tulane Law Review 99 (2016)
  • Empowering Inventors, 30 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Special Symposium 147 (2016)
  • Innovative Contracting for Better Material Transfers, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (2015)
  • Formal But Forgiving: A New Approach to Patent Assignments, 66 Rutgers Law Review 299 (2014)
  • Reframing Patent Remedies, 67 Miami Law Review 95 (2012)
  • Warranting Rightful Claims, 72 Louisiana Law Review 873 (2012)
  • Bullshit Promises, 76 Tennessee Law Review 379 (2009) (with Curtis Bridgeman)
  • Towards a Modern Definition of Religion, 85 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review 561 (2008)
  • Note, Overlooked Tool: Promissory Fraud in the Class Action Context, 35 Florida State University Law Review 193 (2007)
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