Jacob S. Sherkow

Associate Professor of Law

Jacob S. Sherkow

Curriculum Vitae

Jacob S. Sherkow is an Associate Professor of Law and affiliated faculty at the Institute for Information Law and Policy, where he teaches Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Patent Litigation, and Property. His research focuses on law and the biosciences, with an emphasis on biotechnology and intellectual property. Professor Sherkow’s scholarship on these topics has appeared in both traditional law reviews and science journals, including the BYUIowa, and Michigan Law Reviews, the online companions to the Stanford Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, and ScienceNature Biotechnology, and JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Research Grant, hosted by the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property, for his upcoming work on administrative agencies’ roles in patent litigation. Professor Sherkow has also been a media commentator on intellectual property in the Wall Street Journal, the New York and Los Angeles Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Professor Sherkow comes to NYLS from Stanford Law School, where he was a Fellow in the Center for Law and the Biosciences. Prior to entering academia, he was a patent litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York, where he litigated both pharmaceutical and high-tech patents. In 2011, Professor Sherkow, along with a team of attorneys, won the Frank Wheat Award for pro bono service. In 2010, he served as a law clerk to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Professor Sherkow graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and was the recipient of the Fred L. Leckie and James N. Adler Scholarships. He also holds an M.A. in biotechnology from Columbia University and a B.Sc. from McGill University, where he majored in molecular biology and English literature. In addition to his legal training, Professor Sherkow has several years of experience as a research scientist in molecular biology.

Read more of Professor Sherkow’s scholarship on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) here.