Professor of Clinical Law on Leave Jason Schultz has joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He will serve as senior adviser on intellectual property and innovation to the US chief technology officer (CTO). President Obama created the CTO position in 2009 to guide his administration’s policies and initiatives related to technology, data, and innovation. The president named Megan Smith CTO in September 2014.
Schultz’s focus at OSTP will be on patent and digital copyright issues, as well as other technology policy issues. “This is a very exciting time for IP & innovation policy, and OSTP is at the center of many important discussions,” said Schultz. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with Team CTO to assist with developing forward-looking policies that invigorate the US economy and help America continue to excel in scientific and technological fields.”
At NYU Law, Schultz’s research focuses on balancing intellectual property and privacy law with the public interest in free expression, access to knowledge, and innovation. He also directs the Law School’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic. He previously served as director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he and his students represented scholars, non-profits, libraries, and small businesses on copyright issues such as fair use and in responding to threats from so-called “patent trolls.”
Schultz joined OSTP on November 2 and will be on leave from the Law School.
Posted November 10, 2015