INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
AN ESTABLISHED LEADER
The University of Akron Law IP program was just recognized in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings as among the best in the country—tied for 41st place overall, on par with many of the best-known IP schools in the country and tied for the top-ranked IP program in Ohio. The National Jurist’s preLaw magazine just awarded our IP program a Top 40 “A” grade in its Spring 2019 issue.
Akron Law is now the only top 50 IP program with tuition of less than $25,000 a year. The job placement rate for graduates of our IP Certificate and J.D./LL.M. programs is consistently at or near 100 percent. Our 21st Annual IP Symposium drew a record crowd of IP practitioners and scholars from around the country and garnered national IP media attention. For full details on media coverage and pictures of our many past events, please see below.
LEARN ABOUT IP AT AKRON LAW
Hear from current students, faculty and recent alumni about their experiences, as well as learn about the benefits and opportunities available within the IP program at The University of Akron School of Law
Director of U.S. Patent Office has positive words for Akron Law and ‘patent eligibility’ reform at IP Symposium
"You have one of the top IP programs in the nation, with half-a-dozen full-time IP professors and a dozen, nearly two dozen IP courses," said the Hon. Andrei Iancu (above, center), director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, during a recent IP symposium here. "The program you have here is amazing." Story and photos.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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:
- Providing one of the most comprehensive IP programs in the country – over 20 courses in the field
- Administering an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Intellectual Property – complete in two semesters
- Administering a joint J.D./LL.M. in Intellectual Property – complete in three years of full-time study
- Offering a Certificate in Intellectual Property – signifying completion of focused IP studies
- Offering a Non-JD Certificate in Intellectual Property – for those not seeking a JD degree, but want to learn IP
- Hosting distinguished speakers, including a highly successful annual symposium
- The IP Scholars Forum
- The Oldham Lecture Series on cutting-edge IP issues
- Annual Akron Law IP Symposium – a Midwestern IP conference leader for over 20 years
- Our Intellectual Property Advisory Council
Daniel H. Brean, Assistant Professor of Law | Bio
Patrick H. Gaughan, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Innovation Practice Center | Bio
Ryan T. Holte, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology | Bio
Camilla Hrdy, Assistant Professor of Law | Bio
Jack P. Sahl, Professor of Law and Director of The Center for Professional Responsibility | Bio
Matthew J. Wilson, Professor of Law, The University of Akron | Bio
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.
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.
AKRON IP NEWS
Director of U.S. Patent Office has positive words for Akron Law and ‘patent eligibility’ reform at annual IP Symposium. Agenparl is an Italian news agency. (Mar. 2019)
The 21st Annual Akron Law IP Symposium – a Midwestern IP conference leader for over 20 years. See summary, photos and media coverage. (Mar. 2019)
IP, other Akron Law programs among top 50 in latest U.S. News rankings (Mar. 2019)
Akron Law grad makes partner at local IP firm (Feb. 2019)
Ohio.com: A new report by Go.Verizon.com rates Akron and its surrounding communities among the top 50 U.S. places for innovation the only Ohio metropolitan area to make the list. (Jan. 2019)
Two Akron Law grads discuss their work on a $3.3 billion deal as counsel for The J.M. Smucker Company and their work in IP law and brand management. (Dec. 2018)
UA among top 100 worldwide universities granted US Utility Patents in 2017
Akron Law’s IP program continues to make the grade - Akron Legal News
School of Law’s Intellectual Property Program receives another top rating - UA online newsroom
Meet the new director of Akron Law's IP Center - Akron Legal News
Ryan T. Holte named new Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology