Intellectual Property at The University of Akron School of Law.

Intellectual property law


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.


The only top 50 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, 2016‑18

Faculty Position Opening

David L. Brennan Endowed Chair of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology


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


New leader of our IP Center

Mark F. Schultz

Mark F. Schultz

Mark F. Schultz joined the faculty in January 2020 as the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology. See more about Professor Schultz.

The Hon. Ryan T. Holte will continue in a part-time faculty position as Jurist-in-Residence Professor of Law. In July, Holte stepped down from his previous positions and took the judicial oath to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims.


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, Associate Professor of 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.



Mark Schultz coauthors op-ed in BusinessDay (South Africa) about the potential effect of proposed changes to that country’s copyright laws (January 2020)

Akron Law student’s IP prowess adds value in biotech internship (Oct. 2019)

Crain's Cleveland Business: University of Akron trademark clinic helps startups, students alike (Aug. 2019)

U.S. Senate confirms Akron Law professor Ryan Holte to U.S. Court of Federal Claims (June 2019) Holte is credited with energizing our nationally renowned intellectual property program.

University of Akron ranked among global universities granted utility patents (June 2019) Akron moved up in rank from No. 60 in 2017 to No. 53 in 2018.

Akron Law continues to make the ratings grade (May 2019)

The 21st Annual Akron Law IP Symposium – a Midwestern IP conference leader for over 20 years (Mar. 2019) See summary, photos and media coverage.