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Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop: Jacob Sherkow

November 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jacob Sherkow will discuss his paper, “Adaptive Intellectual Property.”

Jacob S. Sherkow is the 2019-2020 Edmond J. Safra Center and Petrie-Flom Center Fellow in Ethics of Technological and Biomedical Innovation. He is a Professor of Law at the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School, where he teaches a variety of courses related to intellectual property and the life sciences. Sherkow’s research focuses on how scientific developments, especially in the biosciences, affect patent law, regulation, and bioethics. He is the author of over 40 articles on these topics in both scientific journals and traditional law reviews, including Science, Nature, the Yale Law Journal, and the Stanford Law Review, for which he has won multiple prizes.

Sherkow’s work has been recognized by both the scientific and legal communities. In 2018, he was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine. He also currently serves as a community representative on the New York Genome Center’s Institutional Biosafety Committee; on the editorial board of a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the CRISPR Journal; and as an advisor to a committee of France’s National Assembly on issues concerning the patenting of biotechnological research tools. He has been a frequent commentator on patent matters in popular media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. He also regularly advises investment firms on matters pertaining to patent litigation in the biosciences.

Sherkow graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and the recipient of the Fred L. Leckie and James N. Adler Scholarships. He also holds an MA in biotechnology from Columbia University and a BSc from McGill University, where he majored in molecular biology and English literature. In addition to his legal training, Sherkow has several years of experience as a research scientist in molecular biology, is a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (BELS), and is an avid squash player. Sherkow is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology Workshop, led by Professor I. Glenn Cohen, provides a forum for discussion of new scholarship from leading researchers and opinion-makers in the fields at the intersection of health and law.

Workshops are held on Monday evenings from 5-7 pm, and are open to the public. Copies of the papers will generally be posted one week in advance on the Petrie-Flom Center website.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to jminnich at


November 4, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Faculty Support Services
Petrie-Flom Center


Griswold Hall 110 Classroom


Jennifer Minnich
jminnich at