This "In Semester" section of this site provides a snapshot of IP law and Tech. Innovation-related courses taught during the academic semester by Professor Falati at Albany Law School in NY and by Professor Sandei at University of Padova School of Law in Italy.
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Click here for Tech. Entrepreneur Testimonials for Albany Law's ELET hybrid clinic.
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Video (Spring, 2019): Interview with Prof. Falati (pt. 1) re. IP, and Professional Development Opportunities for Law Students Taking his Cohort of IP-focused Classes
Video (Spring, 2019): Interview with Prof. Falati (pt. 2) re. Opportunities for Lawyers from Italy and Other Countries: LLM @ Albany Law School for International Lawyers (also see here)
March 2020 Worldwide Pandemic:
Continued Opportunities to Learn. Rest of Law School Semester Moving Online.
The stay at home five minute challenge to relax, have fun and learn from and about each other.
To My IP Law & Technology-focused Law Students:
Below is an impromptu farewell, in place of the Friday short online entertainment breaks during this pandemic stay at home period. For graduating 3Ls, these current social isolation policies, coupled with my finishing at the law school, mean I will not see you at your graduation, or be with you in your final year of law school for the 2Ls in my current classes. Unfortunately, the Dean decided in January to not renew my annual contract at Albany Law, and as such I finish my contract end of June after four years as an Assistant Prof. in IP and Director for the IP law programing.
I feel proud and privileged to have been your Intellectual Property law prof. at Albany Law during the past 2019/20 academic year. I felt priceless gratitude when I saw how the entire current IP law and Tech. Innovation-focused student body of upper level Albany law students got together (about 20 of you) to write to the Dean and also separately many individual letters on top from you and my former students currently at top IP jobs, all ultimately describing why you thought I was unique and a prized member of Albany Law’s Faculty. Your actions on this front in the Fall of 2019 were beyond words for me, and were made especially so since I kept details back from you as events were unfolding in the Fall semester and I was trying to keep students out of it and just focus on teaching and our robust and fun substantive class discussions.
I am now happy to share factual details with you, now that it is the end of April and the Spring semester is all but finished. The reason I do this now is in an effort to protect my professional reputation because otherwise, I know from multiple feedback, it looks as though, especially given all my recognized achievements at Albany Law over a long period of time, that I’m leaving under some dark cloud having done something untoward.
Well, the fact is that the Recruitment Committee, comprising three of my colleagues on the Faculty, let me know in early Fall that my application for the junior IP Prof. position on tenure track would not go past them at the first round, and that I would not therefore be in the mix of six or seven candidates for the IP job. This meant I would not be one of the six or seven candidates invited to give a lunchtime job talk to the full 34 members of the Faculty, and since the 34 Faculty members can only consider candidates presented to them by the Recruitment Committee, I understood what was in store for me.
Naturally, I felt utterly deflated at the time this past Fall, as it caught me by great surprise to not be extended this professional courtesy by my colleagues of four years standing, especially after all my very significant school and student-identified achievements and evaluations during my current four year tenure. I gave myself a 100% chance of being in the final six or seven candidates for consideration and was then prepared for anything to happen at that final stage after the job talks by the six or seven candidates, and the subsequent Faculty deliberations and voting by the full 34 members of the Faculty. Simply put, I believed I stood a chance if I presented to the full Faculty and the full Faculty deliberated on all the candidates.
I knew few candidates for this junior IP position in Albany would match my record on Teaching and Service because of the extensive very positive student evaluations spanning all my IP-focused courses across years, Faculty Teaching Award nomination, and being ranked second by the law school for Teaching among 34 of my peers on the full Faculty. Moreover, on Service, with great effort, I built and grew the now four year old innovative Entrepreneurship Law hybrid clinic with deep connections to the Tech. industry executives and many Tech. Entrepreneurs at numerous Tech. Incubators across upstate NY and MA. This hybrid clinic won Albany Law School national recognition as one of the "20 Most Innovative Law Schools" in 2018 and was again being nominated by practicing attorneys for a long-standing national Innovation award in 2020 (past winners UC Davis Law), before I asked it not be (e.g., see our extensive Entrepreneurship hybrid clinic accomplishments here). This included the very positive feedback from industry executives and technology startup Entrepreneurs (e.g., see here for their testimonials), IP law firm partners, several IP law-savvy judges, and nearly all of the Albany law students who came under my IP & Tech.-focused umbrella during the past four years (for example, see here for Albany Law School student testimonials), several of whom went on record to say this course was the most valuable course they took at Albany Law School.
Further on Service, I also was heavily involved in recruiting students to come to Albany Law School (as Albany Law's Admissions Office confirms) through my "pipelines program" and close involvement with local Universities, including especially RPI and Union College and also University at Albany. Not only did I frequently give talks at the invitation of the Sciences and Engineering, and also Business School, Deans at these institutions (with Faculty and students there connecting with me because of my Technical/Sciences background/Ph.D.), I also taught law for three years to about 35 Sciences and Engineering students looking to pivot to careers in law and business by taking a Masters in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at RPI. For example, some of my RPI Masters students with STEM undergraduate degrees enjoyed my law classes and asked for me to be their mentor for applying to law school and some came to Albany Law, citing me as a key reason.
Thus, with all the above considered, I knew it would be an extreme minority view to question and criticize my four year IP and Tech. Innovation-focused Teaching and Service record and approach.
Teaching and Service aside, it only left Scholarship (all professors are evaluated on a balance of their Teaching, Service and Scholarship). I was prepared to address my Scholarship at the full Faculty level, during my job talk. I was told to program build and not publish for the first three years of my professorship at Albany Law School. I asked about the direction of my year-to-year academic IP professorship, as a successful full Faculty member entering my fourth year. As a result of that conversation in Spring of 2019, opening of a junior IP prof. position on tenure track was being considered for Fall of 2019. Thus, I pivoted to Scholarship, since I knew my record was very strong indeed on Teaching and Service.
On scholarship, I enjoy scholarly pursuits, evidenced not only by my completing an intensive research-focused Ph.D. program in a technical subject matter (Pharmacology) in a top 5 research university in England, UK, but also by completing a three year postdoctoral research fellowship as a Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I have a collaborative mindset and have given talks at large national and international conferences, with my publications being cited by over 1700 other publications over twenty years, according to Google Scholar.
Most recently, I feel great about publishing three top law papers in this past academic year (19'/20'). One of my three papers in this past year focused on the connection of patent laws with innovation in newly emerging technologies in America. It was published in 2019, after receiving publication offers from three of the top ten IP and Technology Law journals nationwide (ranked 3rd, 6th and 9th). This first patent law-focused piece was chosen as the lead IP article in the journal's 2019 print issue and won a significant Albany Law School Faculty scholarship/publication incentive award.
A second full patent law piece received a publication offer in Fall of 2019 and published in 2020 in the 3rd nationally ranked IP and Technology Law journal (there are 76 IP & Technology Law journals). This second full IP piece in the 3rd nationally ranked IP & Technology Law journal concerns medical diagnostic technologies (such as the ones used to detect Coronavirus) and the flaws in our current patent laws that discourage the commercialization of some very promising new medical technologies by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the U.S. The paper sits on the intersection of medicine and patent law and takes a hard line against current Supreme Court jurisprudence on this issue, and was undergoing final editing by the publishers about a month before the 2020 pandemic began - unusual timing!
My third publication, in a top ranking multi law school professor-edited publication, concerns how law professors can improve upon and then teach and assess law students on their cultural competency in both doctrinal and law school clinic settings. This latter topic, focusing on culture, is a topic I studied at depth during my time at Albany Law. I also felt I had personal experiences to draw on, given my background as a very culturally-diverse full-time Faculty member. I felt welcomed by my colleagues on the Faculty, yet I recognized that during my four years as a professor that I was the only member of the full-time Albany Law School Faculty who: 1) had English as a second language (English being my tertiary language); 2) was a first generation immigrant to the U.S. (thus I feel, follow and am very sensitive to issues affecting minorities); 3) had my ethnicity (Middle Eastern); and 4) had my religious faith (Muslim). Moreover, before successfully applying in 2015 for my current full-time Faculty IP Prof. position at Albany Law School, I had 10+ years of private IP law practice experience at two top tier law firms (Jones Day's NYC office and a very large IP boutique law firm), which also opened my eyes to issues related to cultural and diplomatic awareness in the practice of law.
It gave me great pride every year when some minority law students, especially from Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA), would decide to reach out to me to be their Faculty mentor after being internally recommended to me by other law students. Cultural competency is just a fascinating topic. I covered it as a theoretical and practical topic in my Entrepreneurship Law hybrid clinic in our work with some diverse Tech. Entrepreneur clients in upstate NY and MA, and separately I gave talks on this same subject at national and international law professor conferences, vis-a-vis how law professors can aim to teach and assess cultural competency skills of law students in upper level doctrinal and clinical courses.
Moreover, in both an effort to expose my law students to more substantive IP law-focused learning outside of the law school environment and concurrently to also expose them to cultural issues (both squarely within my personal style of teaching law), I created and led an international work / study program for students in my IP and Technology-focused doctrinal and clinic classes. This took great effort to setup and organize with a counterpart law professor colleague at Padova Law School in Italy (a 798 year old University). Supported entirely by a European grant each year and with no Albany Law School resources spent except my time, we held highly successful events in Italy in Summer of 2018 and 2019, with me taking Albany Law students with me each year and also setting up Summer IP law Internships in Italy for my IP & Tech. Law-focused law students. For info. on what we did in Italy in past Summers, see here. We were preparing to offer the same international IP & Technology law focused experience again in Summer of 2020 and I had seven Albany Law students interested to attend with me, but in close consultation with my Italian counterpart, we canceled the program early on during the 2020 pandemic.
Stemming out of all my work with my IP & Tech.-focused law students in the past two Summers in Italy at the Innovation and Technology Law Summer Academy, separately in summer of 2019, I was also invited by the organizers of a large international IP conference in Brazil (13th International Congress on Intellectual Property) to be one of the key featured speakers and appear on an international panel to discuss emerging new technologies and IP (similar to talks I had given at Padova Law School in Italy). This formal invitation to Brazil by the Congress organizers generously included an offer to pay all of my expenses (flight, accommodation and meals) from Albany, NY to and from Brazil to attend the 13th International Congress on IP.
Thus, based on all the balanced combination of my notable four years of Teaching, Service and Scholarship as a full-time Assistant IP law professor at Albany Law School (all professors are evaluated on a balance of Teaching, Service and Scholarship) as touched on above, as well as my very significant popularity among the Faculty, Students, Staff and the wider Albany Law School community, I was somewhat taken aback and very disappointed when the recruitment committee comprising my three erstwhile colleagues on the Faculty chose in early Fall of 2019 to eliminate me at the first round and not even include me as one of the six or seven final candidates for consideration by the full 34 members of the Faculty for this junior, Assistant IP law Faculty position on tenure track.
For the sake of transparency and in keeping with my character to be open, middle of the road and never supine, I informed the full Faculty of my early elimination by the three person committee later that same week, back in Sept./Oct of 2019, which effectively meant I was not in the mix of six or seven candidates for the job. I absorbed great comfort when 20 members of the 34 Faculty separately and over about a five week period thereafter actively engaged with me at their homes, off campus and on campus to express their great surprise and show me varying degrees of support, including separately speaking with the Dean. This incredible outpouring of support from all of you as my law students, and the majority of my Faculty colleagues, in the Fall of 2019 made a world of difference to me as a junior IP law professor making his way professionally, and I will remember it and remain thankful.
I wish you all, my current and former students at Albany Law School, the very best. Unfortunately, my four year professorship at Albany Law School ends end of June, 2020. However, I'd like you to stay in touch with me - life is a long journey.
FAREWELL VIDEO MESSAGE BY PROF. FALATI (04/24/20)
PROF. FALATI'S GRADUATION MESSAGE &
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALBANY LAW SCHOOL'S CLASS OF 2020