Talha Syed was a member of the inaugural cohort of Petrie-Flom Academic Fellows. He was appointed to the faculty of the U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 2009. His research interests were most broadly in legal theory and political philosophy, and his primary area of focus was analyzing intellectual property laws as social innovation policies. While an Academic Fellow, Talha's work studied the role of patents in upstream and downstream biomedical research and development, evaluating current domestic and international patent regimes from the perspective of health innovation policy.