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  • Shubha Ghosh
  • Crandall Melvin Professor of Law
  • Director, Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute

  • (315) 443-2532
  • sghosh01@law.syr.edu

  • Education
  • Stanford Law School
    J.D., with distinction 1994
  • University of Michigan
    Ph.D., Economics 1988
  • Amherst College
    B.A., cum laude 1984

  • Publications[PDF]

Shubha  Ghosh

Dr. Shubha Ghosh earned his J.D. from Stanford University, with distinction, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He earned his BA, cum laude, from Amherst College. Prior to joining Syracuse University College of Law, Ghosh taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School (ranked as a top thirty law school by US News) as a chaired, tenured professor and co-director of the Innovation cluster, consisting of faculty in the law and business schools.

Professor Ghosh joined the Syracuse University College of Law in January, 2016, as Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Curricular Program, on a twelve month basis, which he continues into the future. The Technology Commercialization Curricular Program is a unique program which trains students in intellectual property, business law, and the legal foundations for the commercialization of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other legal property governing technology and innovation. The Program consists of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI), which Professor Ghosh manages, and the Innovation Law Center, which offers clinical experience for students in the Program.

Ghosh works closely with the Innovation Law Center as Director of the Technology Commercialization Curricular Program and develops classroom and experiential academic programs geared toward training law students and students across the University to become practitioners in intellectual property management, licensing, patents and copyright, and commercialization. He has expanded an older Technology Commercialization course into a two-semester sequence called Advising the Start-Up that covers the legal issues facing start-up businesses and the role of the attorney in advising such entities.

As part of his twelve month teaching, service, and research commitments, Ghosh also works through the state-funded New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), an entity that guides entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, and research centers in New York State and beyond. In this capacity, Professor Ghosh frequently works with administrators in Albany who focus on economic development and innovation policy in the State. Most recently, he has advised on the risks to 501(c) entities that collaborate with private enterprise and on intellectual property and technology licensing policies for state research entities.

Supporting the LLM Program has been an important dimension of his twelve-month duties. He worked with Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall to secure a Memorandum of Understanding with OP Jindal Global Law School in India. Ghosh is a regular visitor to National Law University, Delhi, and other universities in India, China, Poland, Germany and Australia. He is currently working on developing a global LLM program in Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization.

His extensive research focuses on the development and commercialization of intellectual property and technology as a means of promoting economic and social development. He has published extensively on pharmaceutical, design, copyright protection of standards, competition policy, and other intellectual property issues; antitrust law; legal construction of the marketplace; technology transfer; and the role of intellectual property law and policy in shaping these diverse areas. His most recent book, Exhausting Intellectual Property Rights (Cambridge, 2018) was the subject of a panel discussion at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. His forthcoming work includes an article on data analytics and genomics in Science and Policy (published by Oxford University), a book chapter on data, privacy, and antitrust to be published by Lexis-Nexis, and a monograph, “Advanced Introduction to Law & Entrepreneurship,” to be published with Elgar. He was the organizer of an innovative symposium, Forgotten IP Cases, published by the Syracuse Law Review in 2017, which will be expanded into a book, to be published by Elgar. Professor Ghosh is a frequent blogger and commentator in webcasts and webinars, including the JOTWELL section on International & Comparative Law; Hedgehogs and Foxes, a blog on law and popular culture; and the webcast series for SIPLI and the Technology Commercialization Law Program, links for which can be found below.

Working closely with student research assistants and colleagues across various disciplines and jurisdictions, Professor Ghosh is working currently on the following projects:

• Development of LLC law and possible convergence with corporate law principles.

• Custom fit design and the role of patents and copyrights in the standardization of fashion.

• Updates on patent and trade secret laws for “Understanding Intellectual Property,” a treatise published by Lexis-Nexis.

• Diffusion of patented technologies to aid the visually impaired, for a book project with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

• Comparison of design protection law in Japan and US across patent, copyright, and trademark regimes (based on original research at the Institute for Intellectual Property, Tokyo).

• Collaboration with John Gee, University Relations Manager, Empire State Development, Albany, on issues facing research centers and universities in New York with respect to private-public partnerships and IP licensing.

A member of the California, Federal Circuit Bar, and US Supreme Court bars, Ghosh was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012 and is currently a member of the advisory board on the Restatement of Copyright. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Bucerius Law School in Germany; IIP Research Fellow in Tokyo; a Fulbright Fellow to India; the inaugural AAAS Science and Policy Fellowship at the Federal Judicial Center; and a recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities research grant.

Please visit the YouTube Channel for the Program that showcases the work of Professor Ghosh and colleagues in the Technology Commercialization Curricular Program.

Learn more about the Technology Commercialization Curricular Program and its various dimensions.