For more than 25 years, the Innovation Law Center (ILC) has offered a unique, interdisciplinary experiential learning program for students interested in the commercial development of new technologies.
Led by Professor M. Jack Rudnick, ILC educates students on the technical, legal, and business aspects involved in bringing new technologies to market. This experiential education provides a solid foundation for careers in a number of settings, including law firms, corporations, government agencies, tech transfer offices, and consulting and investing firms.
ILC students have completed hundreds of research projects on real technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Opportunities are available for student financial support, including scholarships and paid senior research associate positions with the affiliated New York State Science & Technology Law Center (see below).
In conjunction with the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute, ILC offers a Curricular Program in Technology Commercialization Law Studies for students interested in demonstrating in-depth scholarship in the area.
The New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC)
Syracuse University College of Law and the Innovation Law Center have been designated the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC) by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) since 2004. This prestigious designation demonstrates ILC's extensive track record and experience in the field of technology commercialization law.
The mission of NYSSTLC is to provide legal education, research, information, and support services to the more than 30 universities and research centers in New York State supported by NYSTAR as well as New York State entrepreneurs and companies with new technologies.
Many inventors and entrepreneurs aren’t aware of the myriad legal and regulatory challenges their business or technology is facing. NYSSTLC utilizes the experience and expertise of faculty and law students to analyze legal, regulatory, and market issues relating to commercializing new technologies. Research is compiled into proprietary reports to help clients identify potential challenges (such as protecting intellectual property) and devise effective strategies to bring emerging technologies to market.
As the NYSSTLC designee, ILC's goal is to help New York State become a world leader in the commercialization of new technologies and in the creation of new jobs.