Jeremy Sheff

Professor of LawFaculty Director, Intellectual Property Law Center
J.D. Harvard Law School (cum laude), 2002B.A. Columbia University (summa cum laude), 1999

Jeremy Sheff joined the faculty of St. John’s University School of Law in the fall of 2008.  He teaches Property, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Trademark Law, International Intellecutal Property, and First Amendment Law. He was appointed Founding Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center in 2014.

Professor Sheff’s research interests span Intellectual Property Law, Law and Technology, Property Law, and Legal Theory.  His research focuses on how law mediates the creation, dissemination, and use of information and knowledge in social, cultural, and economic exchange. He approaches these questions from various methodological perspectives, including theoretical, empirical, doctrinal, and interdisciplinary work. In addition to his work at St. John’s, Professor Sheff has also taught at NYU School of Law and Cardozo School of Law, and has served as an Invited Overseas Researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo, Japan.

Professor Sheff received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1999, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002.  While at Harvard he was an editor and symposium chair of the Harvard Law Review.  After graduation, he clerked for Hon. C. P. Sifton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Prior to his arrival at St. John’s, Professor Sheff worked as a litigator for five years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where his practice covered a broad variety of commercial disputes, including intellectual property litigation, antitrust litigation, contract disputes, and commercial tort claims.

The Canada Trademarks Dataset, 18 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 908 (2021).” 

Philosophical Approaches to Intellectual Property Law Scholarship, in Approaches and Methodologies in Intellectual Property Research (Irene Calboli & Lilla’ Montagnani eds., Oxford University Press 2021).

Jefferson’s Taper, 73 SMU L. Rev. 299 (2020).

The Well-Intended but Misguided Student-Athlete Equity Act, Harv. L. Rev. Blog (Sept. 2019).

Legal Sets, 40 Cardozo L. Rev. 2029 (2019).

The Japan Trademarks Dataset: A First Analysis, Report for the Institute of Intellectual Property [Japan] (2017).

Open Source Property: A Free Casebook (with Stephen Clowney, James Grimmelmann, Michael Grynberg & Rebecca Tushnet) (2016).

Dilution at the Patent and Trademark Office, 21 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 79 (2014).

Marks, Morals and Markets, 65 Stan. L. Rev. 761 (2013).

Self-Replicating Technologies, 16 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 229 (2013).

Veblen Brands, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 769 (2012).