About Sarah Burstein
Professor Burstein is a professor at the Suffolk University Law School, where she teaches Civil Procedure, Patents, and Design Law.
Before she became a professor, 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.
Transparency disclosures: Consulted with another law professor, who was preparing for a congressional staff briefing on the PARTS Act, about various issues of design patent law on behalf of the Quality Parts Coalition (October 2016). Consulted with the same law professor, who was drafting a white paper in support of the PARTS Act, about various issues of design patent law, legislation, and history on behalf of the Quality Parts Coalition (July 2017).
|2022 - Present||Professor of Law, Suffolk University ‐ Law School|
|2012 - 2022||Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law|
Design Patents, Copyright, Trade Dress, International Design Law, and Comparative Design Law
- Civil Procedure
- Design Law
- Art & Cultural Heritage Law
- Intellectual Property
|2004 - 2007||J.D., University of Chicago, Law School|
|2000 - 2004||B.A., Iowa State University|
Moving Beyond the Standard Criticisms of Design Patents Stanford Technology Law Review (2013)
The U.S. design patent system has been widely criticized. Certain arguments against design patents have been made so often--and accepted so uncritically--that one might believe that the case against design patents was overwhelming and that ...