The Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Developments in biotechnology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, the Internet and telecommunications are rapidly transforming both society and law.  The Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is a national leader in training students to understand and manage the legal implications of these and other new technologies.  The Center conducts research, publishes the journal Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, and sponsors cutting-edge symposia.  It offers students opportunities to learn from a team of renowned faculty with expertise in the intersection of law with science and technology.  The Center also enables students to gain real-world experience through its Technology Ventures Services Group.  Utilizing these unique resources, the Center offers the only LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics.

The Center for Law, Science & Innovation programs:

  • LL.M. in Biotechnology & Genomics
  • Intellectual Property Law Program
  • Public Health Law and Policy Program
  • Nanotechnology Law Program
  • Genetics and the Law Program
  • Law and Psychology Program
  • Law, Science and Technology Certificate Program
  • Technology Ventures Services Group
  • Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic

Future Tense: Radical Evolution

By Joel Garreau
March 2009 |

In 1913, the U.S. Government prosecuted Lee De Forest for telling investors that his company, RCA, would soon be able to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic. This claim was so preposterous, prosecutors asserted, that he was obviously swindling potential investors. He was ultimately released, but not before being lectured by the judge to stop making any more fraudulent claims.

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The Apple Two

In 2006, professor Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School predicted that over the next decade there would be a determined effort to replace the personal computer with a new generation of “information appliances.” He was, it turned out, exactly right. But the one thing he couldn’t forecast was who would be leading the charge. How, indeed, could anyone have guessed that Apple Inc., the creator of the personal computer, would lead the effort to exterminate it?

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