Innovation, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. Ted Sichelman says:

    Nice post, Deven. Earlier this decade, I founded and ran a software startup and was confronted with hosts of laws that dampened our ability to grow–from intellectual property to securities to office health safety. I’m far from an anti-regulation type, but most regulatory laws are designed with big business in mind–whether because of lobbying or just the short-sighted governmental-media-educational focus on large cos.

    As you know, a group of us at Berkeley are looking at the role of patent law in startup company formation and growth. Mike Meurer at Boston University is starting a similar project, but expanding into other areas of the law. Both projects are funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Anyone interested in the area should take a look at their “Grants” page:

    Fortunately, more of this research is being done each year, and hopefully the laws will better adapt to suit startups and smaller companies.