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Jonathan J. Darrow, JD, LLM (waived), SJD, MBA

S.J.D. 2013

Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Lecturer on Law, Bentley University

Resident Tutor, Harvard College

Clerk to the Hon. Evan J. Wallach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2014-2016)

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“Pharmaceutical Efficacy: History and Regulation”

The dissertation challenges the prevailing view that modern drugs are not only highly effective, but also entirely different in kind from those of the past. The long history of pharmaceutical efficacy and regulation is explored, and parallels with the present are highlighted whenever possible. Both the efficacy levels of modern drugs and the current legal standard for efficacy are critically examined. The dissertation concludes by explaining why pharmaceutical gatekeepers such as the USPTO, FDA, doctors, insurance companies, and others fail to protect the public from disappointingly effective drugs.

SJD Supervisors

Harvard Law School:
William W. Fisher III (Principal Faculty Supervisor)
Benjamin N. Roin
Peter Barton Hutt
Louis Kaplow

Harvard Medical School:
Aaron S. Kesselheim

Research Interests

  • Pharmaceutical Law & Policy
  • Intellectual Property Law (especially patent and copyright)
  • Internet Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D.
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. (waived upon admission to S.J.D. program)
  • Boston College, M.B.A.
  • Duke Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • 2013- Harvard Medical School Research Fellow
  • 2006- Bentley University Sr. Research Consultant, Lecturer
  • 2012-2013 Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Student Fellow
  • 2009-2012 Harvard Law School Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor
  • 2011 Cravath International Summer Fellow
  • 2006-2009 Plymouth State Univ. Assistant Professor of Business Law
  • 2005-2006 Boston College Adjunct Lecturer of Business Law

Representative Publications


  • Cyberlaw: Text and Cases (Cengage 2012).
    Chapter 4: Trademarks
    Chapter 5: Copyrights
    Chapter 6: Patents
    Chapter 7: Trade Secrets
  • The Legal Environment of Business and Ethics: An Integrated Approach (Wolters Kluwer) (forthcoming).
    Chapter 3: Administrative Law
    Chapter 8: Intellectual Property Law
    Chapter 11: Antitrust Law


SHORTER WORKS (selected)


  • World Health Organization, IP and Public Health Considerations: Issues and Challenges, Geneva, Switzerland, July 4, 2012.
  • World Trade Organization, The Nine Challenges of Pharmaceutical Price Discrimination, Geneva, Switzerland, July 28, 2011
  • Testimony on Senate Bill 754 (“For Legislation to Allow Access to a Decedent’s Electronic Mail Accounts”) Before the Mass. Joint Committee on the Judiciary, May 18, 2011.
  • Harvard Law School, Harvard African Law Association, Access to Medicines and Human Rights: African Perspectives, March 10, 2010.
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Third Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, April 18, 2008.

Last Updated: May 28, 2013