Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

2017 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

Cardozo School of Law is consistently recognized as a leader in intellectual property and information law. It offers one of the most diverse intellectual property and information law programs in the country, with expertise in emerging technology, design, information, Internet and privacy law, entertainment law and much more.  Its faculty is committed to leadership at the forefront of legal issues that arise as innovation continues to shape the future.


Christopher Buccafusco

Professor Buccafusco is the director of Cardozo's Intellectual Property + Information Law Program and the law school's Associate Dean for Faculty Development. His research employs empirical social science methods to test fundamental assumptions about how the intellectual property system functions. 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. His scholarship has been published in the University of Chicago, Virginia, Cornell, and Texas Law Reviews, among others.

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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.

Professor Wu was previously an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco. In 2006-7, he clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Immediately prior to coming to Cardozo, he was an intellectual property associate at Fish & Richardson in Boston.

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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. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Review.  He has a forthcoming book about blockchain technology and the law (co-authored with Primavera De Filippi) that will be published by Harvard University Press.

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Michael Burstein

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.  Professor Burstein’s research focuses on 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.  

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.  He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.  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.

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Michelle 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.

The Indie Film Clinic was established in 2011 to provide free legal services to filmmakers in New York City. To date, Cardozo students in the clinic have represented over 90 independent, documentary and student films, many of which have gone on to appear in leading U.S. and international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Docs and DOC NYC. 

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Aman Gebru

Aman Gebru specializes in intellectual property law, innovation policy and international trade and development. He has a doctorate in Juridical Sciences from the University of Toronto and is currently finishing a Global Postdoctoral Fellowship at New York University School of Law. He received an LL.M. in intellectual property law and policy from the University of Washington in Seattle and an LL.B. from Haramaya University in Ethiopia.

Gebru has worked for Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute), a Seattle-based nonprofit advocating for land rights for the poor, and has interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. 

Samuel Weinstein

Weinstein's research interests include antitrust, financial regulation, business law and the history of the regulatory state. He will teach contracts and corporations.

Weinstein comes to Cardozo from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was a fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.

Barbara Kolsun, co-director of The FAME Center for fashion, art, media and entertainment law, 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).  Barbara has served as 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. Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world.

Janette Payne

Janette Payne serves as the administrator of Cardozo’s Intellectual Property + Information Law Program. Prior to joining the program, Janette worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Nassau Community College teaching remedial English. Before retiring from the practice of law, Janette’s legal practice largely focused on publishing and intellectual property law. She worked at the firm of Satterlee Stephens Burke and Burke prior to joining the staff of the Times Mirror Company.  She was Vice President and General Counsel of Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.  Janette received her J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law, where she was the Senior Notes and Comments Editor for The Review of Law and Social Change.  She received her A.B. degree, English, cum laude, from Princeton University.