Jacob S. Sherkow

Professor of Law

Jacob S. Sherkow

Curriculum Vitae

Jacob S. Sherkow is a Professor of Law at the Innovation Center for Law and Technology, New York Law School, where he teaches a variety of courses related to intellectual property. His research focuses on how scientific developments, especially in the biosciences, affect patent law and litigation. Prof. Sherkow is the author of over two dozen articles on these and related topics in both traditional law reviews and scientific journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law ReviewScience, and Nature. He is also the winner of the Class of 2017 Teaching Award and was a 2016 Finalist for the Association for the Teaching and Research of Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Young Researchers in Intellectual Property Law Essay Contest. Aside from his appointment at New York Law School, Prof. Sherkow is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Permanent Visiting Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law.

Prof. Sherkow has been a frequent commentator on patent matters in popular outlets such as the Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. Prof. Sherkow also currently serves as a community representative on the New York Genome Center’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, and has advised a committee of France’s National Assembly on issues concerning the patenting of biotechnological research tools. Prof. Sherkow also regularly advises hedge funds and investment firms on matters pertaining to patent litigation in the biosciences. Previously, Prof. Sherkow was a Fellow in the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School and a patent litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York. He was also a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Prof. 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, Prof. Sherkow has several years of experience as a research scientist in molecular biology, is a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (BELS), and is an avid squash player.

His recent scholarship is available on SSRN.