Cardozo School of Law is consistently recognized as a leader in intellectual property and information law. With a foundation in theory and policy, our faculty and students thrive on asking questions about evolving issues and developing answers that meet current needs. The heart of the program is in Cardozo's patent and copyright classes. Cardozo offers additional classes in entertainment law, including music, sports, and fashion as well as in technology and the law. 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 is currently practicing Intellectual Property law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Professor Christopher Buccafusco
Professor Buccafusco's research employs empirical social science methods to test fundamental assumptions about how the intellectual property system functions. IP law attempts to affect people's creative behavior by offering them incentives to innovate, share, and use new works and inventions, but very little is known about whether these incentives actually work. Using novel creativity experiments, Professor Buccafusco's research has shown that creators often do not behave the way that IP law assumes they will. His studies have explored how different kinds of incentives affect creativity, how creators think about borrowing from others' efforts, and how creators assign value to their innovations. The results of these studies challenge important aspects of IP law, and they suggest opportunities for improving the legal system and creative economies.
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. In addition to his JD, he holds BA degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and Ethics, politics & economics from Yale.
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 Greenberg-Kobrin served as the dean of students at Columbia Law School from 2005 to 2016, where she also taught courses in deals, negotiation and leadership. Prior to her work at Columbia Law, she was an associate at the New York office of Arnold & Porter, where her practice focused on international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, sovereign debt issuances and financial institutions. Professor Greenberg-Kobrin also serves as senior fellow and director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.
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). She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. Kolsun started the legal departments and was the first General Counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind, and was Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
Professor Aaron Wright
Aaron Wright is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. Before joining Cardozo's faculty, he sold a company to Wikia, the for-profit sister project of Wikipedia, where he ran Wikia’s New York office, served as General Counsel and Vice President of Product and Business Development, and helped build an open source search engine. Wright has clerked for the Honorable William J. Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and worked as an associate at several prominent New York law firms, including Patterson Belknap and Jenner & Block.
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. He has previously written on the limits of online intermediary immunity and on understanding the role of data de-identification in law. His current work explores the relationship between data privacy and theories of free expression.
Can a Design for Cheerleader Uniforms Be Protected by Copyright?
Professor Chris Buccafusco, Director of Cardozo's Intellectual Property Program lays out the questions before the Supreme Court in a recent case about protecting fashion design.
Curriculum and Faculty
Competitions and Events
Intellectual Property Information Law IPIL Colloquium
Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property June 18-19
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