Michael Burstein

Associate Professor of Law


B.A. 1999, Yale University
J.D. 2004, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property
Patent Law


Professor 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. He 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.


Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Burstein clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. He also practiced appellate litigation and telecommunications law at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, D.C., and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.


Professor Burstein received a B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law. 

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Cardozo School of Law
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New York, NY 10003

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