Innovation Center for Law and Technology

We are New York Law School’s center for the study of technology, law, and society. Our students and faculty help drive the innovation economy by engaging with the community to address real-life problems and to promote justice, equality, and new ideas. We work across disciplines because technology has an out-sized impact on multiple aspects of law and our daily lives.

Our doctrinal fields of study include privacy and cyber-security, copyright, patent, trademark, internet law, 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 we do business, run government agencies, and live our lives;

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

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

(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

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

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).

Nov. 19, 2014: Ari Waldman’s op-ed, “The Case for Uber Data Sharing,” was published in the Gotham Gazette. To read the article, click here. Ari also spoke to a gathering of TIAA-CREF lawyers and other employees from New York City; Charlotte, N.C.; and, and Denver, Colorado, about, among other things, what corporations can do to help address the problem of cyberbullying and online hate and harassment. He also talked about the work NYLS is doing to help victims of online harassment obtain justice.

Oct. 6, 2014: Ari Waldman was interviewed on The Short Answer in “Same-Sex Marriage Battle Isn’t Over Yet.” Wall Street Journal