heading Todd W. Musburger is a sole practitioner specializing in media and entertainment law. Since 1980 he has operated his own firm, Todd W. Musburger, Ltd. which concentrates in representing prominent individuals in the fields of television, radio, film, publishing, sports and music. Prior to opening his own office, Todd was with the Cook County Public Defender's office from 1973 to 1980, the last three years of which were spent as a member of the Murder Task Force. Although he found the transition from murder defense work to entertainment law hardly a seamless one, his observation is that the similarities are remarkable.

Todd received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law (Evening Division) in 1973. He has a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Denver. He is a frequent lecturer on entertainment law and for many years was associated with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy as an instructor in trial advocacy, as well as an adjunct faculty member in trial practice classes at various law schools including Loyola University (Chicago), University of Nebraska and Northwestern University. He is now a regular lecturer at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy National Session on The Art of Negotiation.

Todd is married to Betty J. Musburger, an attorney specializing in infertility law.



CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

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In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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