Cardozo School of Law is consistently recognized as a leader in intellectual property and information law. Cardozo Law’s IP program offers theory and practical training to students from all backgrounds, who thrive on developing answers that meet current legal problems. The school’s focus on emerging technology, data, privacy, fashion and entertainment law demonstrates its commitment to remain at the forefront of legal issues that arise as innovation continues to shape the intellectual property world. Practical opportunities include the Indie Film Clinic, the Tech Startup Clinic, and the Cardozo-Google Patent Diversity Project.
One of the Most Robust I.P. Programs in the Country
Cardozo is at the forefront of debates over ownership and legal protection for intellectual property in the digital age.
- The Cardozo-Google Project for Patent Diversity helps women and underrepresented minority groups obtain patents.
- The FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law provides leadership for New York's booming creative industries.
- Tech Startup Clinic Cardozo students provide legal expertise for emerging companies in New York's innovative Silicon Alley technology sector.
- The Indie Film Clinic Cardozo students provide legal services to independent filmmakers.
- The Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI) Cardozo's pioneering program in business, technology, and data management for the digital age.
- The Blockchain Project explores the legal questions that surround blockchain technology and the field's numerous legal and policy issues.
Our Intellectual Property Faculty
Professor of Practice Jonathan Ashtor
Professor Ashtor focuses on technology M&A transactions, IP licensing, patent analytics and portfolio monetization.
Professor Christopher Buccafusco
Professor Buccafusco's research employs empirical social science methods to test fundamental assumptions about how the intellectual property system functions.
Vice Dean Michael Burstein
Professor Burstein is expert in Innovation law and entrepreneurship. He was previously an appellate litigator in private practice in Washington, DC, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Professor Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin
Professor Greenberg-Kobrin is the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Professor Barbara Kolsun
Barbara Kolsun, director of The FAME Center, is a leading fashion industry attorney, an adjunct professor of fashion law at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the seminal text on the subject, Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014).
Prof. Okidegbe held the Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professorship at Cardozo during the 2019-2020 academic year. Prof. Okidegbe's research focuses on criminal procedure, evidence, and critical race theory. Her research explores how race and ideas about race impact procedural and evidentiary outcomes in the criminal justice system.
Professor Aaron Wright
Aaron Wright is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues.
Professor Felix Wu
Professor Wu's doctorate studies in computer science are foundational to his information law scholarship, which spans freedom of speech, privacy law, and intellectual property law.
Finding Happiness in Intellectual Property
Professor Chris Buccafusco, Director of Cardozo's Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, discusses "Intellectual Property and the Promotion of Happiness" with Gabriel Gertsch of the Center for Law & Economics @ ETH Zurich.
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Curriculum and Faculty
Competitions and Events
Intellectual Property Information Law IPIL Colloquium
Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property June 18-19