Michael J. Madison is a senior scholar and the academic director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. A faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law since 1998, he also serves as the Faculty Director for Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute and is a John E. Murray Faculty Scholar. Professor Madison writes and teaches about intellectual property law and policy as well as questions concerning the production and distribution of knowledge and innovation. He is the author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, the co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property (Wolters Kluwer, 5th edition 2017), and the co-editor of Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute works to connect Pitt law students with entrepreneurs, trains new lawyers to be collaborative partners, and teaches lawyers to be innovators. For the Institute, Madison leads a team of senior lawyers and Pitt faculty members with experience in law practice, leadership, and innovation in both the Pittsburgh region and Silicon Valley.
Madison is the co-founder of the global research network titled the Workshop on Governing Knowledge Commons and was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2016. His research and scholarship address the emerging discipline of knowledge commons, governance of innovation institutions, and knowledge as a subject of legal regulation.
As a copyright scholar, Madison’s expertise focuses on the law of fair use and the character of copyright works. He has taught courses including various disciplines of intellectual property law, contracts and commercial law, and property law. Before becoming a law professor, Professor Madison practiced law in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for nine years.
Madison’s awards and distinctions include the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and a fellowship from the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Project at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in Denver. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.