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Michael G. Bennett

Associate Professor of Law
Florida A&M University, BS 1995
Harvard University, JD 1998
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD 2006
Office: 43 Cargill Hall
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3048
Fax: (617) 373-5056

Professor Bennett teaches in the fields of contracts, intellectual property law, and law and technology. His National Science Foundation funded research focuses primarily on the nexus of law and emerging technologies, with a particular focus on nanotechnology. Professor Bennett also advises academic institutions on matters related to the generation of intellectual property, technology transfer and plagiarism.

Professor Bennett has taught at Vassar College, Michigan Technological University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Virginia and Florida A&M University. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he practiced as an associate at the Chicago law firm of Brinks, Hofer, Gilson and Lione.

Fields of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property
  • Law and Technology

Selected Works

Selected Articles

  • “Celebrity Politicians and Publicity Rights in the Age of Obama” forthcoming in Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (2014)
  • “Anticipating the Societal Challenges of Nanotechnologies” (co-authoredDiana Bowman and Elen Stokes) NanoEthics, vol. 7 (2013)
  • “The Current State of Australia’s Approach to Regulating Nanotechnologies” (co-authored with Diana Bowman) Nanotechnology Law and Business 9.4 (2013)
  • “The Next Chapter of the Tobacco Wars: Unpacking and Unraveling the Latest Round of Constitutional Challenges” (co-authored with Diana Bowman), The American Journal of Public Health (2013)
  • “Getting Nano Tattoos Right—A Checklist of Legal and Ethical Hurdles for an Emerging Nanomedical Technology” (co-authored with R. John Naranja) (Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (2013)
  • “Critically Embracing the Digital Lawyer,” (contributing author) in Educating the Digital Lawyer (Oliver Goodenough & Marc Lauritsen, eds.) (LexisNexis e-book, 2011)
  • "Vogue Juridique & the Theory Choice Problem in the Debate over Copyright Protection for Fashion Designs," 70 Maryland Law Review Endnotes 1 (2010)
  • "The Edge of Ethics in iParadigms," Boston College Law School Intellectual Property & Technology Forum (Summer 2009)
  • "A Nexus of Law & Technology: Analysis and Postsecondary Implications of A.V. et al. v. iParadigms," 2 Journal of Student Conduct Administration 1 (2009)

Selected Chapters

"A Critical Embracing of the Digital Lawyer," in Educating the Digital Lawyer, Oliver Goodenough and Marc Lauritsen, eds., LexisNexis (2012)

"The Nanotechnology Patent Class," Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society 2010 (edited by Sage)