Quinnipiac University
Dale Carlson

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, IP Law

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Having taught as an adjunct professor at QUSL since 2000, Prof. Dale Carlson joined the full-time faculty in 2014. He is a retired partner at Wiggin and Dana, having engaged in private practice at the firm from 1993 through 2013. Before entering private practice, Prof. Carlson was in-house patent counsel at Olin Corporation in Cheshire, CT and Union Carbide Corporation in Manhattan and Danbury, CT.

Prof. Carlson is past president and current historian of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association - the largest regional IP law association in the country. He is a member of the nominating committee of the Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Community College Foundation in New Haven, CT.

His research interests primarily relate to improving the patent system for the benefit of universities, small entities and individual inventors.


  • BS, SUNY University at Buffalo
  • MBA, SUNY University at Buffalo
  • LLM, New York University
  • JD, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trade Secrets


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 257D

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC

Selected Publications


Patent reform: One giant step backwards?

Dale L. Carlson

NATIONAL L. J. August 31 (2011)


The anti-innovation patent reform act of 2011; The pending "America Invents Act" will diminish innovation and should not be enacted.

Dale L. Carlson

NATIONAL L. J. June 9 (2011)


Scrap the patent reform bill; Congress should start all over, making sure that patent law continues to reward the first true inventor, not the first to file.

Dale L. Carlson

NATIONAL L. J. March 15 (2010)

Law Reviews

A Richly Rewarding Association: The NYIPLA as His Springboard

Dale L. Carlson

3 J. FED. CIR. HIST. SOC'Y 101 (2009)