Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

2017 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

Honoree & Keynote Speaker, Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss

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Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a reporter for its Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes project. She was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and the Federal Trade Commission. 

She has edited several books on intellectual property, including Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (2014, with César Rodríguez-Garavito), which was published in 2016 in Spanish as Entre la salud y las patentes. She also co-authored A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: Building a Resilient International Intellectual Property System (2012, with Graeme Dinwoodie). 

Prof. Dreyfuss holds BA and MS degrees in chemistry and was a research chemist before entering Columbia Law School, where she served as articles and book review editor of the Law Review. Prof. Dreyfuss clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court. 


Michael J. Burstein is a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law, where he teaches and writes about intellectual property, innovation policy, and law and entrepreneurship. He is currently on leave serving as the Knowledge Lead of the Growth Technology practice at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he oversees the Firm’s research into tech startups, venture capital, and innovation ecosystems. Professor Burstein’s academic work addresses the ways in which intellectual property law, corporate law, and public law facilitate relationships among entrepreneurs, markets, and government actors and influence the production and dissemination of innovative works and ideas. His recent publications include articles about patent markets, innovation prizes, judicial challenges to patent validity, and non-IP strategies for information exchange. He is currently writing about the legal treatment of information as an asset and editing a volume of case studies that explore sharing and commons-based production in entrepreneurial communities. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Burstein was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. He was previously an appellate litigator in private practice in Washington, DC, a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, and a law clerk for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Burstein holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University. 

Graeme Dinwoodie is a prolific intellectual property scholar of international renown. Since 2009, he has held the Chair in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford. He is the author of many books and casebooks, including A NEOFEDERALIST VISION OF TRIPS: THE RESILIENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGIME (Oxford University Press 2012) (with R. Dreyfuss), TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION: LAW AND POLICY (4th ed. 2014) (with M. Janis), TRADE DRESS AND DESIGN LAW (2010) (with M. Janis), and INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND POLICY (2d ed. 2008) (with W. Hennessey, S. Perlmutter & G. Austin); dozens of articles, book chapters and other substantial works; and numerous essays and shorter works. His scholarship is widely cited by scholars in the United States and abroad. He is considered a leading international authority in trademark law, design law, and international intellectual property law, and is regularly invited to speak at numerous conferences and institutions around the world. He has held a number of visiting or honorary positions, including as the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Singapore and a Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and in 2016 was appointed a University Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Professor Dinwoodie holds a First Class Honors LL.B. degree in Private Law from the University of Glasgow, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. He was the Burton Fellow in residence at Columbia Law School for 1988-89, working in the field of intellectual property law, and a John F. Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School for 1987–88. 

Melissa Wasserman joined the University of Texas law faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on the institutional design of innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law. Her articles have been published or are forthcoming in both student edited law reviews and peer review journals including Stanford Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Texas Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Prior to joining the Texas faculty, she served as Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Her work has been selected for presentation in the 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and in 2012 she was awarded the University of Illinois College of Law’s Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, which is given to the most outstanding piece of faculty scholarship published in the previous year. Professor Wasserman received her B.S. in chemical engineering with high honors from Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton for her work on the thermodynamics of network-forming liquids at low temperatures. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she served as an articles editor of New York University Law Review.