Prof. Jacob S. Sherkow

Fellow, Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Law School

Jacob S. Sherkow is a Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Law and the Biosciences. Jake's current research focuses on the intersection of patent law, biotechnology, and agency regulation. His legal scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the BYU Law Review, the Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Online, while his science scholarship has appeared in ScienceNature Biotechnology, and PLoS ONE. In addition, Jake is the author of popular pieces in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Houston Chronicle, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Prior to joining CLB, Jake was a patent litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York where he, and a team of attorneys, won the Frank Wheat Memorial Award for pro bono service. Jake was also a law clerk for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and an intern for Judge Paul L. Friedman on the U.S. District District Court for the District of Columbia.

Jake graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review and was the recipient of the Fred L. Leckie and James N. Adler Scholarships. Jake holds a Masters in Biotechnology from Columbia University; his thesis focused on social, legal, and ethical aspects of race-specific heart medications. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, where he majored in Molecular Biology and English Literature.

In addition to his legal training, Jake has several years of experience as a research scientist in molecular biology. He has held scientific research positions at Columbia University, the University of Edinburgh, McGill University, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

  • B.Sc., McGill University
  • M.A. (Biotechnology), Columbia University
  • J.D., University of Michigan

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Publications and Multimedia
The Myriad Decision and Patented Innovation in the Biotech Industry - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group and George Mason University School of Law's Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Podcast
July 11, 2013