Director of the Cardozo/Google Patent Project

1 week ago
Job ID
2017-9916
Cardozo-5th Ave & 12th St
Employee Classification
Exempt
Department
Cardozo Law School
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

ABOUT US

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice.  Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

 

A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

 

The Position:

 

The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, with the support of a $200,000 grant from Google, is launching “The Cardozo/Google Patent Project” with the goal of becoming the go-to destination for female and underrepresented entrepreneurs to secure patent rights. Cardozo Law School invites applicants to apply to serve as The Cardozo/Google Patent Project’s inaugural Director.

 

The U.S. has a “patent gap.” Roughly one-third of all business in the U.S. are women owned, and a greater number of women are receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM fields. Yet, the percentage of female-owned patent remains stubbornly low. Today 81% of all patents do not involve women inventors, and even among filings that include women, fewer than 8% of patents list women as the primary inventor. Although these numbers have been slowly improving, at current rates, women will not hold as many patents as men for nearly a century—until 2092.

 

The story for U.S.-born minority groups, (including Asians, African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnicities) is largely the same. These groups make up just 8% of U.S.-born patent holders, despite constituting 32 percent of the total U.S.-born population.   

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help build and maintain a network of in-house counsel, private law firms, and pro bono legal clinics to help provide patent assistance to female and U.S.-born minority groups in need
  • Help build and manage the network, develop guides and other self-help materials, and supervise students in the Tech Startup Clinic working with clients on patent-related matters
  • Will be responsible for helping to secure funding for the project

QUALIFICATIONS

  • JD degree
  • At least two years of relevant patent experience
  • An outstanding record of professional achievement
  • Experience in clinical education is preferred, but not required

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