The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology (LST) combines the resources of Stanford Law School—including renowned faculty experts, alumni practicing on the cutting edge of technology law, technologically savvy and enthusiastic students, and a location in the heart of Silicon Valley—to address the many questions arising from the increasingly prominent role that science and technology play in both national and global arenas. The program acts to help students, legal professionals, businesspeople, government officials, and the public at large to identify those questions and find innovative answers to them.
The program seeks to:
- Give every Stanford Law student the opportunity to address these issues through innovative coursework, in preparation for practice at the highest level of law’s intersections with science and technology.
- Raise professional understanding and public awareness of technical and ethical challenges.
- Promote informed public policies on science and technology in national and global arenas.
- Contribute to the international exchange of ideas in the field of Law, Science, and Technology.
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Programs and Centers
The Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic provides an opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of clients for the development and application of intellectual property law and regulatory policies that maximize the underlying goals of those laws and regulations: promoting innovation, creativity and generativity. Students represent important stakeholders such as national and regional non-profit organizations; associations of innovators, entrepreneurs, technology users and consumers; groups of technologists or legal academics; and occasionally individual inventors, start-ups, journalists, or researchers.learn more
The Stanford Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Litigation Dataset (the Dataset) is the first ever publicly available database to track comprehensively how practicing entities, non-practicing entities (NPEs), and patent assertion entities (PAEs) claim patent ownership rights in litigation. NPEs do not make products or offer services while PAEs—often referred to as “patent trolls” — employ patents primarily to obtain license fees, rather than support the transfer or commercialization of technology. Critics have come to believe that steadily increasing PAE enforcement activity, including litigation, is harming innovation and serving as a tax on producers and consumers. Stanford Law student researchers tracked every lawsuit filed in U.S. district courts from 2000 to 2015 and identified each patent plaintiff as either a practicing entity or as one of eleven types of NPEs. The full Dataset of 55,000 lawsuits becomes publicly available in late 2017 and will continue to be updated with recent and future cases. The currently available compilation represents a 20% random sample of over 10,800 lawsuits filed from 2000 to 2015.learn more