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Celebrating Ten Years at the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology

April 12, 2018



Christopher Yoo: The growth that we’ve seen over the past 10 years in CTIC is incredibly gratifying and ratifies but something I think we all know which is the incredible importance of technology and how that has just blossomed last decade.

Shyamkrishna Balganesh: We have a core set of law and technology faculty each of who specializes in a different area and brings a different methodological narrative. So, for example, we have a professor Polk Wagner who is an empirically oriented patent law person; we have then professor Gideon Parchomovsky, who’s a law and economics theorist who works on copyright patent and intellectual property more generally.

Yoo: them all together so we have active involvement from people from the Engineering School, from Wharton, from Annenberg in the Communication School.

Teddi Josephson L’19, MCIT ’19: If you do an MCIT degree you’re not historically a programmer so you’ve learned that you can learn an entire new skill set relatively quickly you have a legal education at one of the best law schools in the country. It gives you exposure to the types of problems that your clients will have to face.

Cynthia Laury Dahl: My mission is to expose the students to technology and to the thoughts views and goals of people that practice technology, the engineers and the business people.

Kevin Lawler L’19: Throughout undergrad, I was doing an aerospace engineering degree I was always really interested in space innovation so being able to come down to DC for the summer work at NASA get some first-hand experience working with the different lawyers around there being in their intellectual property group it was a really cool experience.

James Wiley L’13: Going to the FCC was not at all on my radar when I started as a 1L at Penn, it really was my experience and Christopher Yoo’s tech policy classes that put it on my radar and in fact put it squarely in my sights for something that I wanted with my career.

Balganesh: These are students who are focused these are students who come in with an awareness of how the market for technology works and how they’re trying to mold that idea of thinking like a lawyer with the idea of thinking like a technologist.

Dahl: You are seeing so many programs and different speakers series that are being spawned now because Penn, the University of Pennsylvania, is excited about innovation and entrepreneurship we’re sort of at Ground Zero of that we’ve got the lawyers that are interested in helping the entrepreneurs and the innovators succeed.

Yoo: It’s not just an ivory tower we’re actually trying to get engaged in real policy disputes and to bring the expertise that’s lost in universities and make them part of discourse.

Balganesh: People have for the longest time than critical of the divergence between different fields and not really bringing them together pedagogically we’ve come out as having taken a significant initiative in this space and if it’s reaching the federal judiciary and prominent federal judges like Richard Posner I think that tells you that there’s at least some element of payoff.

Yoo: The days when you could just be a lawyer are over and someone who has a rich and deep understanding of what the clients need and how the world really works I think have a tremendous advantage in this pool.

Dean Ted Ruger: Congratulations to all involved in the great work of the Center for Technology Innovation and Competition. It’s inspiring to see the Center’s tremendous growth in success. Ten years ago the Center’s ambitious agenda focused primarily on IP law, today CTIC is the hub for law and technology at Penn. We can only imagine what the next 10 years will bring. Congratulations CTIC and job well done.