New York State Science and Technology Law Center, Technology Commercialization Law Program

Technology Commercialization Law Program

For 25 years, the Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP) has offered a unique, interdisciplinary experiential learning program for students interested in the commercial development of new technologies. The TCLP educates students on the technical, legal and business aspects involved in bringing new technologies to market. This 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.

Students in the TCLP have completed over 200 research projects on real technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations and businesses, including both established companies and startups. 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.

The TCLP also offers a curricular program in Technology Commercialization Law Studies for students interested in demonstrating an in-depth scholarship in the area. More information on the Technology Commercialization Law Studies curricular program and other curricular programs is available here.

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The New York State Science & Technology Law Center

Syracuse University College of Law has been designated as the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC) by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) since 2004. This prestigious designation and grant of more than $1 million over three years, which is made through a competitive, peer-review process, demonstrates the College of Law's extensive track record and experience in the field of technology commercialization law. The most recent designation period began April 1, 2015.

The mission of the NYS STLC 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. The NYS STLC utilizes the experience and legal expertise of faculty as well as the manpower of second- and third-year law students (research associates) to provide research and analysis on the legal and regulatory concerns relating to new technologies. The research and analysis are compiled in reports provided to clients to help them identify potential challenges and devise effective strategies to bring their technologies to market. As the NYS STLC designee, the College of Law'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.

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