Hauser Global Fellows

The Global Fellows Program brings academics, researchers, scholars, practitioners and post-doctoral students from around the world to NYU for up to one year to conduct and present their research for future publication.

The Engelberg Center is hosting Machie Murata as a Hauser Global Fellow for academic year 2015-2016 from Japan in the area of Practice & Government

Machie Murata is a Japanese lawyer and the Head of Legal Affairs for the Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation (SACI) at Kyoto University.  The mission of the SACI is to promote knowledge and technology transfer for leading innovation.  Machie manages the Legal Affairs Department of the SACI, supervises legal practices in technology transfer including patent-related issues and seed fund management for startups, and researches legal and practical issues related to this field. 

Machie obtained her LL.B. degree in 2001 from the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University and passed the Japanese bar exam in the same year.  She was a legal apprentice at the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan from 2002-2003, worked for a law firm in Osaka as an attorney from 2004-2006, and thereafter joined Kyoto University as an in-house counsel.  

Machie is a trailblazer.  She is the first in-house counsel for a Japanese university working exclusively in the legal field of technology transfer. She has built a career as one of the first Japanese attorneys to specialize in this field.  Through her strong leadership, her legal team has become very well recognized as an excellent professional team in the Japanese technology transfer field.

Machie is currently interested in creating a model environment for successfully supporting startups that is suited for Japan.  One of the difficulties with university technology transfer is the gap between the universities’ researches and the technologies sought by businesses.  She believes forming startups is one of the most effective ways to bridge this gap.  Her research at NYU School of Law will be focused on an investigation and analysis of the models being used for university startups in the United States. She would like to utilize the research results to create a model environment suited for startups in Japan by considering the differences between the United States and Japanese culture and society.  

Machie’s research project is The Key Factors and Issues, and Professional Supports for University Startups to Achieve Innovation.  Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss is Machie’s faculty sponsor.

Affiliated Fellow

Christopher Wong

Chris Wong is Director of Product at The GovLab.  Chris joins The GovLab after serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House where he worked on patent crowdsourcing in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, expanding on the work he did on Peer to Patent at the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School.  Prior to his work at the White House, he was the Executive Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law.  Chris was also a Visiting Fellow at both the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy. Chris holds a JD from New York Law School and a BSBA in Information Technology from the University of Denver. He tweets @chrswng