Professor Dan Burk

Visiting Fellow


Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a founding member of the law faculty.  An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he lectures, teaches, and writes in the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law.  He is consistently ranked among the leading intellectual property scholars in the American legal academy.  He is perhaps best known for his work in the area of “cyberlaw,” where he has been a prominent figure in the debates surrounding Internet jurisdiction, trespass to computers, and the deployment of digital rights management systems.

Professor Burk has taught intellectual property across the globe at a variety of institutions including Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of Lucerne, and the University of Haifa.  In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study German and European Union biotechnology patenting at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich.  In 2015 he was selected for a Leverhulme visitorship to the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he delivered a series of Leverhulme Public Lectures on “Biotechnology and Software Patenting in the Information Society.”  In 2017 he was awarded a Fulbright Cybersecurity Fellowship to study DRM policies at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Professor Burk is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on digital copyright, on the legal aspects of electronic sports, and on the trademark implications of search engine keywords.  He is the co-author, together with Mark A. Lemley of Stanford University, of The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It, published by University of Chicago Press.  Much of Burk’s recent scholarship has undertaken interdisciplinary collaboration to open new lines of inquiry in intellectual property law by developing insights from literary theory, critical perspectives, and transaction cost economics.

Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University. He has served as a legal advisor to a variety of private, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union Committee on Patent Policy and the OECD Committee on Consumer Protection.