ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Albany Law School's Science and
Technology Law Center received a $120,000 check today from N.Y. State Senate
Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno to develop the nation's first Master's of
Science in Legal Studies focused on technology transfer.
The new degree will be designed to help working professionals better
understand the legal and business aspects of the tech-transfer process, as
well as better identify technology that holds the promise of success in the
"This type of degree program benefits area universities and the companies
that rely on technology transfer applications to successfully market high-tech
goods and services," said Senator Bruno. "This first-of-its-kind initiative
will be a significant boost to Tech Valley, helping to retain businesses and
attract new high-tech firms that will spur job creation and enhance economic
development across New York State."
"The tech-transfer process requires understanding a complex process of
many stages, using a wide range of skills," said Thomas F. Guernsey, president
and dean, Albany Law School. "We will develop a program to help the region's
schools and companies gain the ability to assess the strength of an
opportunity, evaluate the business risks involved, and, when appropriate,
pursue the process toward successful commercialization."
Albany Law School plans to enroll students into the masters program in
January 2007 and expects to develop the program with regional partners like
Union College, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, the Research Foundation of
State University of New York, and area companies engaged in tech-transfer
The Science and Technology Center will administer the masters program, led
by Director Saul Seinberg, who was Trademark and Copyright Counsel at IBM and
left to focus on transactional and IP licensing work at Sun Microsystems.
Albany Law School, founded in 1851, is the oldest law school in New York
state and the nation's oldest independent law school. Today it has
approximately 700 students and 54 full-time faculty. www.als.edu.
SOURCE Albany Law School