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About Sarah Burstein

Professor Burstein joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 2012. She teaches Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Burstein served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Pratt in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. She also worked as an intellectual property litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Professor Burstein has a law degree from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Art & Design from Iowa State University.

Professor Burstein’s scholarship focuses on design law, with a particular focus on U.S. design patents. She has participated, by invitation, in design law conferences at the University of Oxford, Stanford Law School, the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, and ETH Zurich. Professor Burstein also serves as Chair of the ABA Design Committee and Chair of the AALS Section on Art Law.

Transparency disclosure: Performed two hours of paid consulting work in October 2016 for the Quality Parts Coalition.


Present Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Patents
  • Civil Procedure
  • Design Law
  • Art & Cultural Heritage Law
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property


2004 - 2007 J.D., University of Chicago, Law School
2000 - 2004 B.A., Iowa State University

Publications (11)

Selected Additional Writing (11)