Scroll To Top
Two IP lawyers shake hands at an event held by the Intellectual Property program at The University of Akron School of Law.


Intellectual property law


The University of Akron IP Law program was again recognized in the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings as among the best in the country. Similarly, the National Jurist’s preLaw magazine continues to recognize Akron as a Top School for IP Law.


The only top 60 IP program with tuition less than $25,000 a year for both in-state and out-of-state students


The job placement rate of our IP Certificate and J.D./LL.M. graduates is consistently at or near 100%


The average starting salary of our patent bar eligible graduates, 2018‑19

Intellectual Property Law at Akron Law honored by U.S. News and World Report National Jurist's preLaw magazine icon


  1. Akron Law IP courses
  2. LL.M. in IP Law
  3. Certificate in IP Law for JD and LL.M. students
  4. Certificate in IP Law for non-J.D. students
  5. Master's Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering
  6. Trademark Clinic
  7. Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic


Students, faculty and recent alumni talk about the benefits and opportunities available within the IP program at Akron Law.


Participants at an Akron Law Intellectual Property program event

See past events sponsored by Akron's Law's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association.

Faculty searches

We invite applications and nominations for two positions:

  1. David L. Brennan Endowed Chair of Law
  2. Entry-level intellectual law faculty position


Mark F. Schultz

New School of Law Professor Mark F. Schultz testifies at the Feb. 11 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearing. Full story.

Akron Law IP professors to present paper at Science Fiction and the Law panel

A Q&A with law professor Camilla Hrdy, who will present her essay “Enabling Science Fiction,” co-authored with former Akron Law professor Daniel Brean, at the Jan. 8, 2021, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) panel: Science Fiction and the Law.

Law School unveils new Washington D.C. IP Externship program

The program offers Akron Law students interested in IP law the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a legal capacity for government, public interest organizations, judges, or other related entities in Washington.

IP law students to compete in developing new medical technologies

The students will help develop much-needed medical technologies in a new, interdisciplinary student competition launched by Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Akron IP Center to launch Global Trade Secret Institute

The institute will be a key resource of expert knowledge about trade secret protection for policymakers.

IP Center to collaborate on joint project with leading Indian law university

India’s economy is growing and the country has become more serious about its IP system.

Recent scholarship by IP professors


As part of our leading intellectual property program, Akron Law has an innovative Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology. The Center facilitates the study and advancement of IP law, strives to attract and educate current and future leaders, and works to design and implement a well-balanced ecosystem of law and technology.

Nationally respected and renowned for:


Mark F. Schultz, Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology | Bio

Patrick H. Gaughan, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Innovation Practice Center | Bio

Ryan T. Holte, Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Professor of Law | Bio

Camilla Hrdy, Research Professor of  IP Law | Bio

Douglas D. Moseley, Professor, SEED Clinic | Bio

Jack P. Sahl, Professor of Law and Director of The Center for Professional Responsibility | Bio

Gary W. Spring, Director, SEED Clinic | Bio

Adjunct Professors

About one dozen adjunct professors teach specialized courses such as international patent law, patent prosecution, claim construction, complex IP litigation, and other cutting-edge courses.

IP Advisory Council

The Council is comprised of about three dozen IP professionals and experts seeking to advance our IP curriculum, foster relationships with businesses and law firms, and assist Akron Law IP students with their careers.