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Syracuse University College of Law selected as New York State-designated Science and Technology Law Center
Syracuse University College of Law selected as New York State-designated Science and Technology Law CenterMarch 29, 2004Nicci Brownnicbrown@syr.edu
The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) has chosen the Syracuse University College of Law as the site for a state-sponsored legal resource center.
Russell W. Bessette, M.D., executive director of NYSTAR, says the New York State-designated Science and Technology Law Center will assist and provide information to New York’s research centers and high-tech companies as they develop and market new technologies and compete in the high-tech marketplace.
“With extensive staffing qualifications and credentials, as well as its existing allied programs and experience, the Syracuse University College of Law made this designation an easy choice to make,” Dr. Bessette says. “With an especially important focus on the interdisciplinary nature of issues, the new Science and Technology Law Center will contribute to New York’s economic development and will help foster the creation of new jobs and companies.”
The designation will allow the College to expand its influence in theState’s high-technology economy and enable it to receive $350,000 in annual funding for a total of up to $1.05 million available over a three-year period through NYSTAR’s Science and Technology Law Center program.
College of Law Dean Hannah R. Arterian says the selection is indicative of the College’s longstanding leadership in technology law. “At the College of Law we are fortunate to have Professor Ted Hagelin, who founded and directs the Law, Technology & Management Program (LTM), the first law school program in the nation designed to prepare students to practice in the fields of intellectual property management and technology commercialization,” she says.
“Recognition such as this is due to the many creative and innovative minds at work at the College of Law and throughout Syracuse University. We thank NYSTAR for this opportunity and are excited to be a part of Gov. Pataki’s initiative to enhance economic development in New York state and to stimulate new job growth for its people.”
Gov. Pataki and the Legislature have advanced several major initiatives to expand high-technology and biotechnology business and job-creation opportunities in New York. The Governor’s Centers of Excellence initiative, along with other programs, focus on critical emerging technologies that are expected to become major high-tech growth areas. Each research center is designed to complement other specialized academic centers in a seamless network of high-technology research and economic development.
The College of Law’s LTM Program was established in 1990. Its students participate in research internships offered through the Technology Transfer Research Center, where student teams perform technical, market and legal analysis of new technologies on behalf of client organizations, including universities, small and large companies, and government laboratories. More than 200 students have graduated from the LTM Program and are now practicing in a variety of technology-related positions in law firms, corporations, universities and government agencies throughout New York, the United States and abroad.
“Ted has a great deal of imagination and is always finding innovative ways to teach his students and promote growth in this important area of the law,” Arterian says. “The College of Law has also been fortunate to have the continued support of the University in the development and growth of this interdisciplinary program.”