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Intellectual Property and Technology

Intellectual property (IP) and technology law—including competition and antitrust—has become one of the most challenging, exciting, and controversial areas of law. The rapid development of streaming entertainment, social media, artificial intelligence, and online commerce makes this a critical area of study for lawyers working with all kinds of artistic or scientific endeavors.

As commerce, art, finance, and business start-ups flourish in the digital space, how do antitrust provisions and intellectual property protections such as copyrights, trademarks and patents, and antitrust provisions uphold the rights of authors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other creators? 

The Law School’s location in New York City gives students the opportunity to study with expert practitioners who are well versed in issues such as data privacy, encryption, copyright, and freedom of speech. Law School faculty remain at the forefront of the debate over potential antitrust action against big tech firms; the technology curriculum trains students to advise digital innovators on issues from consumer protection to online jurisdiction. 

Why Columbia?

Explore emerging and specialized topics including media and advertising law, visual arts and music industry law, federal trademark and copyright litigation, international aspects of intellectual property, and cybercrime. 

Participate in simulations to gain practice negotiating and drafting IP agreements and serving as counsel to emerging digital businesses. 

Investigate and litigate antitrust cases through externships with the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. 

Gain hands-on experience by working on cases during externships at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Copyright Alliance. 

Network at events hosted by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. The center conducts intellectual property research, runs interdisciplinary seminars with other schools at Columbia University, hosts speakers and conferences, and awards prizes for outstanding journal articles on current IP topics. 

“I believe that we need to reinvigorate a great American tradition, and that is the tradition of antitrust. . . . It’s long been part of the American tradition to believe in competition, to believe in competitive markets, and Americans have always rebelled against concentrated power. A big part of the Constitution is dividing up power to make sure no one has too much. And it’s a big part of what we did in 1890, in 1914, and again in 1950: pass antitrust laws, the goals of which were to put some controls on private power and to keep markets competitive and prevent them from just becoming two or three big players. . . . Challenge our greatest tech companies, force them to compete, and the U.S. will continue to be a tech champion in the world.”
Tim Wu, Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology

 

Related Faculty

Professor Harold Edgar

Harold S. Edgar

  • Julius Silver Professor Emeritus of Law, Science and Technology
Clarisa Long

Clarisa Long

  • Max Mendel Shaye Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Professor Eric Talley

Eric Talley

  • Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Professor Tim Wu

Timothy Wu

  • Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology

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Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts

The Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts contributes to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use. It also helps students navigate the ever-changing legal dimensions of intellectual property in the digital age through courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and events on topics such as intellectual property, copyright, trademarks, the regulation of electronic media, and problems arising from new communications technologies, plus an externship on law and the arts.

 

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