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Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Founding Director, Syracuse University Technology Commercialization Law Program
Founding Director, New York State Science & Technology Law Center

B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
J.D., Temple University
LL.M., Harvard University

Saturday, May 18, 2013, Professor Ted Hagelin passed away in Syracuse, NY from an aggressive form of cancer. He was an esteemed faculty member and respected academic as well as a thoughtful and supportive colleague whose presence is greatly missed. The SU College of Law has a webpage dedicated to thoughts and memories as well as information about a scholarship fund set up in his memory.


Professor Hagelin was an expert in technology innovation law. He taught Technology Commercialization Law, and was the Founder and Director of the Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC), one of the first law school technology commercialization clinical programs in the U.S. Professor Hagelin also taught Patent Law and Computer Law. His excellence in teaching was recognized by the Kauffman Foundation by naming him a Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Hagelin was  issued two patents in the field of intellectual property valuation. He also published a casebook titled: Technology Innovation Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2012). He wrote numerous law review articles in the areas patent law and intellectual property valuation. One of Professor Hagelin’s articles was recently cited by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Uniloc v. Microsoft (2011) in support of the court’s rejection of the 25% Rule in calculating patent infringement damages.

Professor Hagelin served as the Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC) from it's founding until May of 2013. Syracuse University College of Law has been selected as the NYS STLC for three consecutive, three year terms by the New York State Economic Development Agency. The mission of the NYS STLC is to provide legal education, research, information and support services to the research centers supported by New York State.serve as New York State’s primary resource for research relating to science and technology commercialization. Professor Hagelin supervised over 120 research projects on the commercial development of early-stage technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations, and large, medium, small and start-up companies. These research projects have provided excellent learning experiences for students who later go on to careers in patent prosecution, patent litigation, and intellectual property transactions, having a keen appreciation of the importance of all aspects of the technology commercialization process. In addition, the client organizations for whom these research projects have been undertaken receive invaluable information and analysis from an independent, objective and expert source.

In December of 2009, the Governor’s New York State Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry – Higher Education Partnerships praised the Syracuse University College of Law Technology Commercialization Clinic model and recommended that the model, which Professor Hagelin developed, be adopted by research universities throughout New York State.

Professor Hagelin was the editor-in-chief of the law review while in law school. He practiced in the area of corporate/commercial law with Dechert, Price and Rhoades in Philadelphia, and taught at the University of Cincinnati Law School prior to joining the Syracuse University College of Law faculty. Professor Hagelin was a member of the New York State Bar, the Pennsylvania State Bar, the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of University Technology Managers.