Shahrokh Falati ’08
Professor of Law from Practice, Intellectual Property Law
Co-Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology
Director, Patent Law Clinic
Shahrokh (Seve) Falati is a Professor of Law from Practice, and Co-Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He teaches Intellectual Property (IP) law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and is Director of the Patent Law Clinic.
Professor Falati spent over 15 years practicing IP law, including as a patent agent at a large international law firm and as an associate at a large IP boutique law firm, where he represented inventors, including two Nobel Laureates, at universities and companies.
Before joining NYLS, Professor Falati was a full-time faculty member at Albany Law School for four years, where he taught doctrinal classes in IP law; trademark and unfair competition law; patent law; and ran an IP-focused entrepreneurship law clinic. He also collaborated with a professor in Italy to create an Innovation and Technology Law Summer Academy at Padova School of Law and took students with him to Italy in consecutive summers to participate in the international program.
He began his IP law career as a scientist. Having studied pharmacology at Edinburgh University in Scotland, he moved to England and obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacology before completing a three-year fellowship as a Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research focused on blood and cardiovascular disease and resulted in a dozen publications. Four of these were high-impact, first-author publications, which have been cited by over 2000 subsequent scientific papers.
His current scholarship focuses on the intersection of patent laws and the protection of new technologies, including emerging medical and software technologies. He has presented at national and international law conferences, including in Italy and Australia, and was invited as a keynote speaker to an international IP law conference in Brazil. His four recent patent law-focused law review articles were published in three separate top five nationally-ranked journals for IP law and technology, two as lead articles. He also recently published an article in a top five ranked journal for education law, focusing on ways to teach and assess cultural competency in law school. His most recent law review article on “Killing Rarity” examines rare property rights in the context of trophy hunting of endangered mammals in Africa.
Professor Falati is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and as a registered patent attorney before the USPTO in Washington. He was elected three times as President of the Eastern New York IP Law Association.
In his spare time, Professor Falati enjoys traveling internationally with his family, as well as playing golf and his guitars.