Dmitry Karshtedt Death – Obituary: George Washington University Professor is Dead:
Dmitry Karshtedt has passed away unexpectedly. The circumstances surrounding his death has not been made public at the time of this publication. We ask that at this time, you allow the family to take the appropriate and needed time, to make preparations and grieve as family.
Dmitry Karshtedt, a professor at the George Washington University Law School, has died. Dmitry was a brilliant student, a great teammate, and a fantastic friend. We frequently thought about patent law in different ways, and I always hoped we might have time to publish something jointly in the future. Sadly, it will never occur. With Dmitry, the world was greater and smaller without him.
Professor Karshtedt earned both his A.B. in chemistry from Harvard and his PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley. He attended law school and earned his JD from Stanford Law School in 2011 after spending a few years working as a scientist for a company in the semiconductor industry. Before serving as a law clerk for Judge Kimberly Moore on the Federal Circuit, he briefly worked at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto. Following a fellowship at Stanford, he joined GW Law in 2015 and was given tenure in 2020.
The scope of Professor Karshtedt’s work was extensive. Thirteen patents list him as an inventor, five scientific papers list him as the first author, and he has given several lectures and conferences. Two of his articles that were published in the Iowa Law Review are examples of his thoughtful and in-depth legal scholarship. In petitions for certiorari before the Supreme Court, references to his most recent work with Mark Lemley and Sean Seymore, The Death of the Genus Claim, 35 Harv. J. L. & Tech., are numerous.
In addition, Dmitry was a fantastic teammate who made a contribution to every workshop and conference he attended. If you emailed him with anything, be it a quick query or a draft paper, he would always respond thoughtfully and include detailed comments that always improved your work. Dmitry and I had many fantastic email and in-person talks together. I can’t speak for him personally, but if his classroom interactions were any indication of his professional relationships, he must have been a fantastic teacher.
I could go on and on about Professor Karshtedt, but I’ll end with a link to a guest post he wrote for PatentlyO last year in which he rethought the framework for how courts should view nonobviousness. This is an approach that will continue to shape the way I think, and it makes me regret what might have been.
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