I am a lawyer and social scientist, and an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. My research focuses on intellectual property law and innovation policy, and I specialize in empirical work.
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Are patents an important factor for venture capitalists making decisions about where to invest? Past research been unable to tease out the effect of the patent itself, distinct from the quality of the invention. I use a novel quasi-experiment to show that patents play no role in channeling investment amongst early-stage software startups.
Copyright has a long term—the life of the author plus another seventy years. Does this align with the economic incentives of artists? Using data from the music industry, we find that the typical sound recording has a commercial viability on the order of months, rather than decades, and that decay rates are steep even for blockbuster songs (with Kristelia García and Justin McCrary).
Are there lasting effects of MeToo at the top of corporate America? In the wake of the movement, we find a significant and growing rise in contractual provisions that allow companies to fire CEOs without severance payouts in cases of harassment or discrimination (with Rachel Arnow-Richman and Steven Davidoff Solomon).
Public benefit corporations (“B-corps”) have received a lot of hype, but how do investors respond? We find that venture capital and private equity investors treat early-stage PBCs much like their traditional corporate peers (with Michael Dorff and Steven Davidoff Solomon).
My primary teaching interests are in intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, and trademark. I'm also interested in teaching classes in property and contract law, as well as seminars in innovation policy and empirical legal studies. I've taught various classes at all levels at Columbia and UC Berkeley.
Legal Research & Writing
LLM · Instructor 2022, 2023
Introduction to Intellectual Property
LLM · Co-Instructor 2022; TA 2021, 2018
Foundations of U.S. Law
LLM · TA 2018
Law and Economics survey
Undergraduate · Co-instructor 2016; TA 2015
JD/PhD · TA 2016