The High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University has been named as a Legal Innovator by the legal publication The Recorder for its commitment to preparing law graduates to work in the local and national technology community.

The Institute has launched cutting-edge programs such as the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic led by Assistant Professor Laura Norris, JD ’97, and the Privacy Law Certificate program led by Professor Eric Goldman. Santa Clara University recently hosted the first hearing of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board outside of Washington D.C., strengthening the connection between the local intellectual-property community and the new Silicon Valley Patent Office.

Santa Clara University has been center-stage on national intellectual-property law matters.  Associate Professor Colleen Chien returns this spring from her appointment as advisor to the White House on Intellectual Property Policy to teach international IP Law to Santa Clara’s law students.

“The High Tech Law Institute embraces the entrepreneurial spirit of the surrounding Silicon Valley community,” said Brian Love, co-director of the High Tech Law Institute and assistant Professor of Law. “We are continuously looking for new opportunities to better prepare students for the high-tech law jobs of the future.”