Mike Schuster Assistant Professor Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business 219 Business Building Stillwater Campus 405-744-8631 (Phone) Curriculum vitae / Résumé

Mike Schuster joined the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in 2015. Professor Schuster’s research focuses on intellectual property, with an emphasis how self-interested private parties influence the public domain. His research has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, the Houston Law Review, and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

Professor Schuster teaches, or has taught, Patent Law and Managing Investments in Technology, Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business, and Commercial Transactions. Before entering academia, Schuster was an attorney at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas, where he specialized in intellectual property.


LLM, New York University School of LawTrade Regulation2009
JD, South Texas College of Law2007
BS, University of TexasChemical Engineering2002


W. Michael Schuster & John S. Wroldsen. "Entrepreneurship and Legal Uncertainty: Unexpected Federal Trademarks for Marijuana Derivatives". American Business Law Journal. (Forthcoming). 55, __.

W. Michael Schuster. "Public Choice Theory, the Constitution, and Public Understanding of the Copyright System". UC Davis Law Review. (Forthcoming). 51, __.

W. Michael Schuster. (2017). "Invalidity Assertion Entities and Inter Partes Review: Rent Seeking as a Tool to Discourage Patent Trolls". Wake Forest Law Review. 51, 1163.

W. Michael Schuster. (2016). "Rent-Seeking and Inter Partes Review: An Analysis of Invalidity Assertion Entities in Patent Law". Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. 22, 271.

W. Michael Schuster. (2015). "Fair Use, Girl Talk, and Digital Sampling: An Empirical Study of Music Sampling’s Effect on the Market for Copyrighted Works". Oklahoma Law Review. 67, 443.

W. Michael Schuster. (2014). "Fair Use and Licensing of Derivative Fiction: A Discussion of Possible Latent Effects of the Commercialization of Fan Fiction". South Texas Law Review. 55, 529—invited article.

W. Michael Schuster. (2011). "Claim Construction and Technical Training: An Empirical Study of the Reversal Rates of Technically Trained Judges in Patent Claim Construction Cases". Quinnipiac Law Review. 29, 887.

W. Michael Schuster. (2009). "For the Greater Good: The Use of Public Policy Considerations in Confirming Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization". Houston Law Review. 46, 467.

W. Michael Schuster. (2009). "Predictability and Patentable Processes: The Federal Circuit’s In re Bilski Decision and Its Effect on the Incentive to Invent". Columbia Science & Technology Law Review. 11, 1.

W. Michael Schuster. (2007). "Subjective Intent in the Determination of Antitrust Violations by Patent Holders, Comment". South Texas Law Review. 49, 507—Comment.

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

Oklahoma State University, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies, August 2015
Vinson & Elkins LLP, Associate Attorney, September 2010 - February 2015
University of Houston—Downtown, Adjunct Professor, August 2014 - December 2014
The Honorable Kenneth Hoyt, U.S. District Court (S.D. Tex.), Law Clerk, September 2009 - September 2010
The Honorable Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Tex.), Law Clerk, March 2008 - August 2008