This summer Cornell Tech welcomes a second full-time professor to its Master of Laws in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship program. Matthew D’Amore, a Cornell University alumnus with a background in intellectual property, technology, and life sciences, joins the school after more than twenty years at the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP.
D’Amore received his B.S., with distinction, from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1991, majoring in biology and society. He went on to earn a J.D. from Yale Law School. Subsequently, he spent a year clerking for the Honorable Charles P. Sifton, then chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
At Morrison & Foerster, D’Amore served as a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He advised and represented high technology and life-sciences clients in the resolution of complex intellectual property disputes and in licensing matters involving e-commerce, transaction processing, Internet content delivery and advertising, interactive television, electronics manufacturing, financial services, medical devices, and biotechnology.
D’Amore has litigated matters across the United States, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also been recognized for his pro bono litigation work in impact litigation for children denied special education services and for citizens deprived of the right to vote.
From 2007 to 2013, he also served as an adjunct professor at the Law School, teaching pretrial litigation and strategy. “I chose Cornell as an undergraduate more than 20 years ago because of its commitment to science, technology, and their impact on society,” says D’Amore. “Cornell Tech is dedicated to these ideals, and the Law School program there is a critical and vibrant part of it, training lawyers to serve the emerging NYC tech community. It is tremendously exciting for me to come home to Cornell as part of this new venture.”Cornell Tech’s Master of Laws in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship is the first degree of its kind in the world. In this year-long immersion in innovation, creativity, and new business development, LL.M. students collaborate with designers, engineers, and business students to create new products and develop new businesses. Students also have ample opportunity to network with the vibrant community of investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurial faculty members that only a city like New York and a university like Cornell can provide.