Deven R. Desai is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business. He joined the faculty in fall of 2014 in the Law and Ethics Program. He is also the Associate Director for Law, Policy, and Ethics for ML@GATECH. He was 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.
Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy, technology, competition, 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, Florida Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.
Prior to becoming a professor, Desai was a litigator handing intellectual property and technology matters with Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, & Sullivan, LLP, in-house counsel for an idealab! Internet infrastructure company, and part of the policy and fundraising teams on the 2002 Cory Booker for Mayor campaign.
Professor Desai has been interviewed about facial recognition, contact tracing, 3D printing, intellectual property, privacy, and technology by the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NBC News, and GPB News. He has blogged about technology, intellectual property, and privacy at Concurring Opinions.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors. His degree is in Rhetoric and he won the departmental citation for best student in his graduating class. He received his law degree from the Yale Law School, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.