Innovation Center for Law and Technology

The Innovation Center for Law and Technology is a cross-disciplinary program that addresses technology’s out-sized impact on multiple aspects of law and society. Our students and faculty help drive the innovation economy by engaging with diverse members of the Law School community to address real-life problems and to promote justice, equality, and new ideas.

Our doctrinal fields of study include intellectual property (copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret law), internet law, privacy and cybersecurity, digital entrepreneurship and related fields. The Innovation Center also focuses on legal and policy issues in fashion, media, entertainment, sports, publishing and associated industries. We also address social concerns related to technology and the internet, including online harassment, cyberbullying, diversity and other issues.

The goals of the Innovation Center are to:

(1) Create a pipeline of lawyers prepared for careers in a world where technology has changed the way people do business, run government agencies, and live our lives

(2) Connect students with leading practitioners, businesspeople, judges, and policymakers in the Center’s doctrinal fields of intellectual property, privacy, and data security

(3) Foster cross-disciplinary research and advocacy as well as provide a platform for students and faculty to work together to address pressing law and technology issues of the day

(4) Train socially conscious lawyers who can help put the right systems in place to prevent abuses of technology and their associated harms

The Innovation Center In the News

October 8, 2015: Judge (ret.) Faith Hochberg will be speaking at the New IP Financial Models conference.

October 2, 2015: Tyler Clementi Institute for Internet Safety Launches PinkNews

October 1, 2015: Ari Waldman’s op-ed “Ending the cyberbullying epidemic five years after Tyler Clementi’s suicide” NY Daily News

September 2015: Jacob Sherkow was selected as a 2016-2017 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow by the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University School of Law. The Fellowship is a non-resident fellowship that brings together both junior and senior patent law scholars for a series of invitation-only conferences on patent law and policy. This year’s senior scholars include Prof. John Duffy at the University of Virginia and Prof. Jay Kesan at the University of Illinois. More information about the program can be found here:

September 2015: Ari Waldman was invited to participate in the Boston University Law Review symposium on Danielle Keats Citron’s book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. His essay will be published in October in an issue of the Boston University Law Review Annex.

September 27, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Researchers Identify Newer And More Precise System For Genome Editing.” Tech Times

September 27, 2015: Jacob Sherkow wrote a book review, “BioSci Fi: Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood, 2003.” Stanford Center for Law and Biosciences Blog

September 26, 2015: Ari Ezra Waldman discussed the new website “Institute for Internet Safety”

September 25, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Europe Freeloading Off Pricey Medicine in US?” TreeAngle

September 25, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “The War Over Genome Editing Just Got a Lot More Interesting.”

September 25, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Genome-editing find may improve system’s precision.” Boston Globe

September 25, 2015: Mark Mutterperl will be participating at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Sixth Annual Supreme Court IP Review program as a panel member discussing the Supreme Court’s decisions in Hana Financial and B&B Hardware.

September 24, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “How the US Subsidizes Cheap Drugs for Euorope”  International Business Times

September 24, 2015: The Internet Safety Conference was mentioned in “Non-Sequiturs” Above the Law

September 22, 2015: New York Law School Launches Fashion Law Initiative

September 11, 2015: Jacob Sherkow’s working paper, Disenablement: Scientific Irreproducibility in Patent Law, was selected as one of five papers for Rutgers Law School’s junior faculty forum.

September 7, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Genome Editing Writ Large.” Chemical & Engineering News 

September 4, 2015: Ari Waldman was quoted in “Why Did the Feds Bust Rentboy?” Vice

September 3, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Hayman Capital’s Kyle Bass Vows to Continue Drug-Patent Challenges.” The Wall Street Journal

August 31, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Drug-Industry Rule Would Raise Medicare Costs.” The Wall Street Journal

August 25, 2015: Ari Waldman was quoted in “Ashley Madison Users Sue Over Data Breach.” Bloomberg

August 20, 2015: Ari Waldman wrote, “What the Ashley Madison Hack Teaches Us About Digital Privacy Invasions.” PrawfsBlawg

August 19, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Judge Rules Drug Companies Have Right to Market Non-FDA Approved Drug Uses: Unconscionable.” Ring of Fire

August 17, 2015: The Innovation Center for Law and Technology was featured in “New Center at NYLS to Focus on Legal Technology Issues” (New York Law Journal), and “NYLS Introduces the Innovation Center for Law and Technology.” (JD Journal)

August 17, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Obama-Appointed Judge Gives Potentially Breakthrough Ruling Giving Drug Companies the Right to Market Drugs for Uses not Approved by FDA.” All Gov

August 10, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Federal Judge’s Ruling Bars FDA From Restricting Off-Label Marketing.” California Healthline

On August 7, 2015: Jacob Sherkow presented his paper, “Disenablement: Scientific Irreproducibility in Patent Law,” at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at DePaul Law School. The paper focuses on how patent law fails to prevent the patenting of drugs based on clinical data later proven to be false. For information about the conference, click here.

August 7, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “FDA Barred from Restricting Company’s Promotion of Fish-oil Drug.” The Washington Post

August 6, 2015: Ari Waldman presented his forthcoming paper, “Information Diffusion: Social Networks, Intellectual Property, and the Public Use Bar,” which presents evidence of corporate privilege in the patent system and proposes a new framework for addressing public use cases, at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, hosted by DePaul University School of Law.

August 5, 2015: Ari Waldman discussed his ongoing project, “LGBT Privacy,” about the ways in which institutionalized discrimination makes invasions of privacy by private parties, including online intermediaries, more harmful to LGBT persons than the general population, at the annual National LGBT Bar Association Conference in Chicago.

July 2015: Ari Waldman was invited to contribute a chapter to the text, Cultures of Privacy, which takes look at privacy theory, problems, and solutions from both American and European perspectives. The book will be published in late 2015 by the Heidelberg University Press.

July 6, 2015: Richard Sherwin interviewed Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing and the soon-to-be-released related film The Look of Silence. Both films address the Indonesian mass murder of alleged “Communists” in 1965-66. The first film visualizes the perpetrator’s perspective; the second assumes the victim’s gaze. The interview will serve as the basis for a chapter in his forthcoming edited volume, A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age (with Danielle Celermajer) to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

June 18, 2015: Jacob Sherkow and Arti Rai of Duke University School of Law were invited to report to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on the role of inter partes review proceedings—a type of administrative procedure to challenge patents at the PTO, rather than court—in connection with brand-generic pharmaceutical patent litigation. Using their own original compiled data, they submitted a brief letter to the Committee. It has now been made public.

June 18, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Editing the Software of Life, for Fame and Fortune.” Backchannel

June 12, 2015: Richard Sherwin presented a keynote talk at Hebrew University entitled “Visualizing Law: Presence and Simulation Inside the Courtroom” for a conference on Law & Theater.

June 2015: Jacob Sherkow was accepted as a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS). As a certified Editor in the Life Sciences, he has the authority to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions. For more information, click here.

May 26, 2015: Bryan Choi presented at NYU School of Law on a panel titled “Searches vs. Subpoenas in the Digital Context.” The panel was part of a two-day symposium on the topic of “Government Access to Data in the Cloud.” Additionally, on June 5, he showcased his paper “For Whom the Data Tolls” at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference hosted by UC Berkeley School of Law. The paper will be published in the Cardozo Law Review later this year.

May 15, 2015: Richard Sherwin’s op-ed piece, “Democracy’s Missing Meaning” appeared in Project Syndicate and was republished in the Bangkok Post

May 2015: Ari Waldman became one of a number of founding members of the Federal Bar Council’s Intellectual Property Committee. The FBC is an organization where practitioners in the Second Circuit can meet, network, and share ideas. Ari will be delivering a talk to the FBC in the coming months.

May 7, 2015: Jacob Sherkow published a new article, “Stem Cell Patents after the America Invents Act,” co-authored with Christopher Thomas Scott, in Cell Stem Cell Magazine, Volume 16, Issue 5. The article discusses the potential new challenges to stem cell patents that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may hear in the wake of the newly passed Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

May 7, 2015: Richard Chused presented a talk on his paper, “Appropriate(d) Moment,” at the gathering of the Family Law Scholars of New York at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The paper is about the privacy issues surrounding the surreptitious taking and later display of photographs of a family through the unshaded windows of a glass-walled apartment in Tribeca.

April 22, 2015: The NYLS Community celebrated the investiture of Richard Sherwin as the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law.

April 18, 2015: Jacob Sherkow presented a talk at Stanford Law School as part of a conference, “The PTO and the Courts.” His talk was entitled, “Litigating Patented Medicines: Courts and the PTO.” The conference link is here.

April 17, 2015: Ari Waldman successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in sociology at Columbia University, completing his doctoral studies in three years. His dissertation argued for a reorientation of information privacy rights around sociological concepts of trust. He will be awarded his degree in May.

April 13, 2015: Jacob Sherkow‘s article “Administrating Patent Litigation” was published in the Washington Law Review.

April 11, 2015: Jacob Sherkow presented a work-in-progress entitled “Patent(ed) Medicine” to the University of Kansas School of Law as part of PatCon 5, an annual patent conference.

April 10, 2015: The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s collaboration with New York Law School to create the Tyler Clementi Center for Law and Policy at New York Law School is mentioned in “Clementi family visits Rutgers for the first time since death of Tyler Clementi.” The Daily Targum

April 7, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “New Hedge Fund Strategy: Dispute the Patent, Short the Stock.” Wall Street Journal

April 3, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “Who Owns CRISPR?” The Scientist

March 30, 2015: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ talk, presented by the Innovation Center, was featured in “Hakeem Jeffries: ‘Cultural Change’ Needed to Boost Entrepreneurship Among Minorities.” Observer

March 18, 2015: Richard Sherwin was quoted in “Why is US attorney general such a controversial job?” BBC News

March 16, 2015: Jacob Sherkow was quoted in “A CRISPR Solution to ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease?” KQED

March 7, 2015: Ari Waldman gave a talk, “The Role of Trust in Sharing Personal Information on Facebook: Quantitative Data” at the Internet Law Works-In-Progress conference hosted by Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, CA.

March 6-7, 2015: Richard Sherwin participated in three panels for the Law, Culture & Humanities annual meeting in Washington, DC: “Meta-Aesthetics of Law and Justice,” “Ethics + Aesthetics + Theatrical Responses to Atrocity and Poverty,” and “Author Meets Readers: Maria Aristodemou’s ‘Law, Psychoanalysis, Society’.”

March 2015: Jacob Sherkow’s paper, “Law, History and Lessons in the CRISPR Patent Conflict” was published in Nature Biotechnology.

February 26, 2015: Jacob Sherkow’s letter to the editor, “Patent reform not ‘one size fits all,’” was published in response to “Patent legislation would slow biotechnology innovation.” San Jose Mercury News

Feb. 23, 2015: Ari Waldman’s article was quoted in a unanimous opinion in United States v. Gutierrez by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the highest court in the military. His work was also quoted at oral argument and by amici in their briefs.

Feb. 6, 2015: Ari Waldman delivered a talk on “Social Networks and the Line Between Public and Private in Intellectual Property law” and Jacob Sherkow spoke about “The History of Patenting Genetic Material” at the Works in Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Symposium hosted at the US Patent and Trademark Office and sponsored by George Washington University Law School.

Jan. 27, 2015: Ari Waldman was interviewed by Life of the Law for a discussion of revenge porn and cyberharassment, the podcast audio and transcript of which is available at The program highlighted the work NYLS is doing to help victims of cyberharassment obtain justice.

Jan. 2015: Richard Chused published a law review article, The Legal Culture of Appropriation Art: The Future of Copyright in the Remix Age, 17 Tulane J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 163 (2014).