University of Oklahoma Law Professor Sarah Burstein Appointed to INTA Committee

September 24, 2015 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications

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NORMAN — Associate Professor of Law at The University of Oklahoma, Sarah Burstein, was recently appointed to the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Design Rights Committee. Professor Burstein’s two-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2016. 

This year, the INTA received more than 3,400 applications for membership on one of their 37 committees. The Design Rights Committee, on which Burstein will sit, is part of the Advocacy Group of committees within the INTA’s structure. The committee works to develop and advocate the INTA’s policy on the impact of design law and enforcement on trademark rights. 

“This is a unique opportunity to get to know and work with design law experts from around the world, including in-house counsel and leading practitioners,” said Burstein. “It’s important to maintain connections with practicing intellectual property lawyers. Knowing what’s going on in the field helps me be a more effective teacher and also informs my scholarship.”

Burstein joined The College of Law in 2012 and teaches Copyright, Design Law, Intellectual Property and Trademarks. She previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and also worked as an intellectual property litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. She is a recognized expert in design patent law. Her most recent article, Costly Designs, is forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal.

In addition to her new role with the INTA, Burstein serves as chair of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section’s Design Committee and as chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law.  

The INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. For more information about the INTA, visit (link, opens in new window)

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