Intellectual Property at The University of Akron School of Law.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

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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.

Intellectual Property Law at Akron Law honored by U.S. News and World Report

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

Hon. Andrei Iancu, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, visits Akron 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.

EVENTS

END OF YEAR SOCIAL

May 10, 2019 | 6 p.m.

The Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
867 W. Market St., Akron

Join us to celebrate the end of finals! Food will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

See flyer.


PAST IP EVENTS & PHOTOS

Spring 2019 events

Fall 2018 events

Spring 2018 events

Fall 2017 events

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:

FACULTY AND LEADERSHIP

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


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.


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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)

Director of U.S. Patent Office has positive words for Akron Law and ‘patent eligibility’ reform at annual IP Symposium (Mar. 2019)

Akron Law grad makes partner at local IP firm (Feb. 2019)

Visiting professor discussed trademark law and online dating (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)

Career patent agent goes back to law school and attends with daughter (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

IP ranks in digital edition of PreLaw

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