Cardozo School of Law Patent Law Summer Intensive

This week-long course offers a rigorous introduction to patent law as well as a chance to engage with members of the bar, bench, industry, and government on today's most pressing patent law issues.  The Summer Intensive has two one-credit components.  Students can take one or both and receive up to two credits. The first, offered each morning from 9 am to noon, is a patent law survey course designed for those new to the subject.  It covers the basics of patentability, infringement, and remedies.  The second, offered each afternoon, features a series of keynotes and expert panels discussing topics such as the Supreme Court's most recent patent cases and ongoing patent reform efforts, as well as a skills workshop.

Cardozo Patent Law Summer Intensive at a Glance:

  • 2015 Dates: To Be Announced at Later Date
  • Program Audience: Practicing attorneys and law students from the U.S. and abroad who wish to get grounding in the most compelling issues in U.S. patent law
  • Cost: $75 Application Fee
 / See below under "Program Fees and Payment" for details
  • Credit:

    Current J.D. and LL.M. students will receive one credit on a pass/fail basis for each of the five-day morning and five-day afternoon sessions, for two credits total.  Cardozo students who have completed Patent Law are not eligible for credit for the morning session, but can earn one credit for the afternoon session. No scientific or technical background is necessary and there are no prerequisites.

    The method of evaluation for the course will be short take-home examinations.  
    New York CLE credit is available for practicing attorneys

  • Further information: Contact


This course provides a rigorous introduction to the basic principles of United States patent law and their application to contemporary problems of practice and policy.  The course will cover the basic principles of patent validity, infringement, and remedies, including patentable subject matter, disclosure, novelty, nonobviousness, claim construction, direct and indirect infringement, and the availability of damages or injunctive relief. The Critical Issues panels will engage participants in dialogue with expert practitioners, academics, and judges on hot topics in patent law, including the Supreme Court's most recent patent decisions, navigating the procedural and substantive changes of the America Invents Act, and ongoing congressional patent reform efforts.  The Patent Skills Workshop will feature claim drafting and patent litigation simulations.   Lunch will be provided daily and will include a keynote speaker from the bar, bench, or industry. Students may enroll in either or both of the morning and afternoon components of the course.

Faculty, Keynote Speakers, and Panelists



Program Director Professor Michael Burstein's research focuses on the institutional structures - both private and public - that shape innovation. He is interested primarily in the intersections between intellectual property and both corporate law and public law. Professor Burstein has previously written about the administrative structure of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is currently working on projects to clarify the law of patent standing and to develop insights into how private and public sector actors can make effective use of prizes for innovation.

Professor Daniel Ravicher serves as executive director of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) at Cardozo Law, where he works to protect freedom in the patent system. His case against Myriad Genetics will be heard by the Supreme Court in April 2013. The suit charges that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional. Labeled a modern day 'Robin Hood' by Science magazine, and awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship, Professor Ravicher is a registered patent attorney who writes and speaks frequently on patent law and policy, including twice testifying as an invited witness before Congress on the topic of patent reform. As a result of his accomplishments and professional reputation, Professor Ravicher was named to both Managing Intellectual Property magazine's '50 Most Influential People in IP' list and IP Law & Business magazine's 'Top 50 Under 45' list.


Cardozo does not offer accommodation for this program.  Recommended hotels in walking distance of Cardozo are available hereA list of more hotels, in a range of prices, is available from the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Program program participants may enter the U.S. as a B-1, B-2 or WT visitor. This is appropriate for those who are coming to the United States primarily for tourism," and "also incidentally will engage in a short course of study during their visit."  Therefore, if you choose the B-2/WT visa, you are entering the U.S. with "tourist" intentions, which is your primary purpose.  Your "study" at Cardozo is your secondary purpose.  It is "incidental and avocational" to your primary tourist purpose.

Cardozo Law does NOT require any specific visa type to attend the Summer Seminar.  We only offer official and competent guidance to enable you to make a prudent choice customized for your personal case.  If you would like to pursue the option of applying for a student visa, please send an email to

How to Apply

  1. Current Cardozo students: Cardozo students should register in person at the Registrar’s Office on the 10th floor.
  2. All others: Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee of $75 online at our secure payment site. Please contact with any questions or problems.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Because enrollment is limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Program Fees and Payment

A non-refundable application fee of $75 must be submitted with the application for all participants not currently enrolled in a Cardozo J.D. or LL.M. Program. 

In addition, program fees are as follows:

Student Type Program Fee
Full Program (Morning and Afternoon)  
Cardozo Law J.D. or LL.M. student $1100
All others $2500
Five Day Morning or Five-Day Afternoon Program Only  
Cardozo Law J.D. or LL.M. student $550
All others $1250
Critical Issues in Patent Practice Series
Individual Afternoon $275
Three-part Series $750


Current law students seeking academic credit will be billed by the Cardozo School of Law Office of Student Finance. 

Participants who are not seeking academic credit and/or who are seeking CLE credit have several ways to pay fees:

  • Online payment by credit card through our secure site 
  • Personal check drawn on a U.S. bank or money order, including international money orders, sent to Patent Law Summer Intensive, Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue Room 1007, New York, NY 10003
  • Direct transfer or wiring of funds to Yeshiva University's account.

Please make sure that your name and the words "Patent Summer Intensive" appear on the wire. Please review the wiring procedures with your bank and be sure to add any fees incurred onto your total to ensure the full balance is credited to the university account.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy:
Students withdrawing from the program in writing via email to application fee of $75 is non-refundable.  

Cardozo students intending to withdraw must do so in person at the Office of the Registrar.