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Intellectual Property &
Information Law

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 our commitment to remain at the forefront of legal issues that arise as innovation continues to shape the intellectual property world.

Cardozo students may graduate with a concentration in intellectual property by taking at least five courses in the intellectual property curriculum, and at least two of the three core IP courses: copyright law, trademark law and patent law. The concentration will be noted on their official transcript, signaling a measure of expertise in the field.

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Quick Facts

Cardozo’s Intellectual Property & Information Law program is ranked #2 in New York City in U.S. News & World Report.

Cardozo’s Intellectual Property & Information
Law Program gets an A+ by preLaw magazine.

Billboard Magazine named 9 Cardozo alumni as Top Music Lawyers for 2020. 

The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal ranks #4 in
the nation in the category of Arts, Entertainment and Sports.

—Washington and Lee University School of Law

Programs

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The FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law 

Cardozo Law provides comprehensive training in fashion law, art law, media law, entertainment law and sports law. The FAME Center offers rigorous academic coursework, externships, clinics and symposia featuring industry leaders and practitioners. Students learn the practical realities of counseling clients—from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Barbara Kolsun is the director of the FAME Center. A fashion law pioneer, she served as general counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and 7 For All Mankind.

Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project

Victor Wang ’15 is the director of the Cardozo/Google Patent Diversity Project, which aims to increase patents issued to women, people of color, and underprivileged inventors. The Google-funded project, in collaboration with Cardozo’s Tech Startup Clinic, offers students a unique hands-on experience in patent law.

“There’s a huge innovation gap,” Wang said. “Thanks to this Google-funded program, we can connect those in need of legal service with those who are willing to provide, while allowing students to learn multiple aspects of patent law practice.”

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Criminal Justice and Intellectual Property Law

Assistant Professor Ngozi Okidegbe’s research examines criminal justice through intellectual property law. Specializing in evidence and race theory, she has published papers on topics such as the admissibility of rap lyrics in evidence and disclosing IP addresses in online piracy cases.  

Cardozo Data Law Initiative

The Cardozo Data Law Initiative provides students with substantive law coursework and practical training in e-discovery, data privacy, social media law and cybersecurity. 

Professor Felix Wu is the faculty director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative.

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The Filmmakers Legal Clinic (Formerly Indie Film Clinic)

To date, Cardozo students have provided pro bono legal services to over 90 independent, documentary and narrative films as part of the Filmmakers Legal Clinic. Many of their clients’ films have been screened at leading U.S. and international film festivals, including Cannes, SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance. Cardozo Indie Film Clinic students recently provided legal services to the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx.

Tech Startup Clinic

The Tech Startup Clinic is a transactional legal clinic providing a range of services to new technology-based companies in New York City. It exposes students to the myriad legal and business strategy challenges that startups face and gives them hands-on experience with intellectual property, corporate, contract, tax, and labor and employment issues.

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Professor Christopher Buccafusco
Director, IP/Information Law Program

In addition to teaching Copyright and Design Law, Professor Christopher Buccafusco has been widely quoted in the media, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. His article on the economics of airplane seat reclining for Slate.com has been covered by dozens of media outlets around the world.

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“The Intellectual Property Program at Cardozo is cognizant of the fact that, although there are different forms of IP, they are all closely related—and it embraces the connections between different facets of the discipline.

As someone who ultimately wants to provide legal support to underrepresented and overexploited artists, I appreciate the opportunity to frame problems that my future clients may face in a legal context.”

Akinyele Jordan ’20

Course

Courses

  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
COURSES frequency
Copyright Twice a year
Filmmakers Legal Clinic Twice a year
Tech Startup Clinic Twice a year
Trademark Law Twice a year
Advanced Patent Law Once a year
Art Law Once a year
Cyber-Security: A Practical Approach Once a year
Design Law Once a year 

 

FACULTY

Faculty

FACULTY

Jonathan Ashtor

Visiting Professor of Practice
Expertise: Technology Mergers and Acquisitions transactions, Intellectual Property licensing, patent analytics and portfolio monetization

Professor Ashtor serves as Counsel in the Corporate Department and as a member of the Intellectual Property Group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Christopher Buccafusco

Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Director, Intellectual Property & Information Law Program
Expertise: Art Law, Copyright, Economic Analysis of Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark Law

Professor Buccafusco’s research applies social science methods to the study of legal problems, especially how the law affects creativity, innovation and happiness.

Michael Burstein

Vice Dean, Professor of Law
Expertise: Intellectual Property, Patent Law

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 ideas.

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Indie Film Clinic
Expertise: Film and the Law

Professor Greenberg-Kobrin directs the Indie Film Clinic, which provides free legal services to filmmakers in New York City.

Paul Gugliuzza

Visiting Professor of Law
Expertise: Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation, Civil Procedure

Professor Gugliuzza is currently a Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He has published articles in more than a dozen leading law reviews, and he has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on the topic of patent litigation.

Barbara Kolsun

Professor of Practice; Director, Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law (FAME) Center
Expertise: Intellectual Property, International Business Transactions

Professor Kolsun has served as general counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and 7 for All Mankind, and she was assistant general counsel of West Point Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans.

Ngozi Okidegbe

Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professor
Expertise: Criminal Procedure, Race Theory, Evidence

Professor Okidegbe’s research explores how race and ideas about race impact procedural and evidentiary outcomes in the criminal justice system.

Janette Payne

Administrator, Intellectual Property and Information Law Program
Expertise: Intellectual Property

Janette Payne 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.

Monroe Price

Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law; Director, Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society
Expertise: Art Law, Communications Law, Mass Media Regulation

Professor Price directs Cardozo’s Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society, which focuses on transnational studies and the application of new technologies to media law.

Stewart Sterk

H. Bert and Ruth Mack Professor of Real Estate Law; Director, Center for Real Estate Law & Policy
Expertise: Conflict of Laws, Copyright, Estates, Land Use Regulation, Property Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts

Professor Sterk has received a number of teaching awards from Cardozo students. His scholarly interests span a wide variety of areas such as property, land use regulation, trusts and estates, copyright, and the conflict of laws.

Aaron Wright

Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Founder/Director, Tech Startup Clinic; Co-Director, The Blockchain Project
Expertise: Blockchain Law, Corporate Law, Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Trademark Law

Professor Wright has extensive experience in Blockchain, Internet and new technology issues. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, he co-founded and sold a company to Wikia.

Felix Wu

Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI)
Expertise: Cybersecurity, Information Governance, Intellectual Property, International Privacy and Data Protection, Privacy

Professor Wu’s doctorate studies in computer science are foundational to his teachings in information law, which include freedom of speech, privacy law, and intellectual property law.

Charles Yablon

Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI)
Expertise: Cybersecurity, Information Governance, Intellectual Property, International Privacy and Data Protection, Privacy

Expertise: Civil Procedure, Corporate Law, Corporations, Cybersecurity, International Business Transactions Professor Yablon is an expert in corporate mergers and Acquisitions.

Recent Student Externships

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FEATURED ALUMNI

FASHION

Courtney Brown ’14 , The Estée Lauder Companies
Melissa Roth ’06 , Burberry
Rachel Waranch ’05 , Chanel

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ART

Monica Dugot ’90, Christie’s
Asya Varshisky Geller ’09, Sotheby’s
Irina Tarsis ’11, Center for Art Law

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MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Deborah Feinblum ’07, The Walt Disney Company
Rand Levin ’93, Universal Music Group
Amanda Wolfe ’04, Comedy Central

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SPORTS

Kari Cohen ’12, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
Nicholas Eisenman ’05, Major League Baseball
David Fogel ’15, NBA Coaches Association

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LAW FIRMS

Iddo Arad ’00, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jason Boyarski ’00, Boyarski Fritz
Michael Reinert ’82, Fox Rothschild

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Daniel Biene ’02, LLM
General Manager,
Continental Europe, Axiom

Kori Clanton ’15
Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs 
AMC Networks

Waleed Diab ’04
– Global Head of Recorded Music Business Development,
YouTube

Deborah Feinblum ’07
Principal Counsel,
The Walt Disney Co.

Vanessa Ignacio ’00
Chair
Lowenstein Sandler's Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement Practice

Jeffrey I.D. Lewis ’86
Partner
Foley Hoag LLP

Rosalind “Roz” Lichter ’82 
Law Firm of Rosalind Lichter

Cathy Perifimos ’09
Vice President
Legal and Business Affairs, Smithsonian Channel

Carol Perry '97
President
IF News (The Montag Group)

Ricardo Yoselevitz ’08 
Vice President
Brand Partnerships & Business Development, IMG / ENDEAVOR

Billboard Recognizes Cardozo in Music Law

The magazine named nine Cardozo alumni on its Top Music Lawyers List for 2020.

In addition, Billboard named Cardozo as one of the top 10 most frequently cited alma maters of the 2020 Top Music Lawyers.  Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law also made the list. 

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Michael Reinert '82

Cardozo Alumni Named Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers

Jason Boyarski ’00

PARTNER

Boyarski Fritz

Brad Cohen ’05

SENIOR VP, HEAD OF LITIGATION

Warner Music Group

Matt Greenburg ’86

OF COUNSEL

Ritholz Levy Fields

Grace Kim ’04

Partner

Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks

Michael Reinert ’82

Partner

Fox Rothschild

Michael Seltzer ’92

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Universal Music Group

Julie Swidler ’82

EXECUTIVE VP BUSINESS
AFFAIRS/ GENERAL COUNSEL

Sony Music Entertainment

Monika Tashman ’00

Partner

Manatt Phelps & Phillips

Kenneth Weinrib ’83

Partner

Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo 

Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ)

The Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal is consistently recognized as one of the top intellectual property law journals in the nation. The AELJ publishes three student-edited issues annually, and it hosts a symposium that attracts scholars from around the country.

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“I found my home at Cardozo through the Intellectual Property and Information Law program and the FAME Center. The Fashion Law Society and Entertainment Law Society allowed me to immerse myself in the content that drives our programming. I’ve developed strong leadership and communication skills from my experiences in these student organizations and by working closely with the IP faculty and alumni. I am confident that the program has prepared me for a career in the entertainment and fashion industries.”

Simone Dvoskin ’20

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