University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Symposium

University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Symposium


23rd Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Thursday and Friday, March 25 – 26, 2021

This two-day online CLE will be held virtually from noon – 5 p.m. each day. It will cover legal updates and discussions in all areas of IP Law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and international IP issues.

Topics will include:

  • IP Law and Policy for the Next 4 Years
  • Best Practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in IP
  • Building an Ethical Culture and Dynamic Among and Between In-house and Outside Counsel
  • Survey of Trademark Laws and Updates around the World
  • The Latest Tools and Challenges for Copyright Enforcement
  • PTAB Practice: Effective Advocacy and Use of Experts
  • and more

See agenda

Thank you to our sponsors

Emerson Thomson Bennett LLC

The J.M. Smucker Company

Brinks, Gilson & Lione

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

McDonald Hopkins LLC

Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Tucker Ellis LLP

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities

Registration and fees

  • Registration: $300
  • Government employees and faculty rate: $150
  • Student rate: $10

Please note that this year's rates have been reduced due to the event being held online. Fee covers two half days of online CLE panels. We have applied for 8.75 hours, including 2.5 hours of professional conduct.

CLE credit

CLE accreditation pending in the following states:

OH – 8.75 (including 2.5 of professional conduct credit covering Ethics, Professionalism, Substance Abuse, Access to Justice)
IL – 8.75 hours (including 2.5 hours)
PA – 8.75 hours (including 2.5 hours)

Reciprocity States

FL – 8.75 hours (including 2.5 hours)
NJ – 8.75 hours (including 2.5 hours)
CA – 8.75 hours (including 2.5 hours)

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


For questions or information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Professor Mark Schultz, director of the Center for Intellectual property Law and Technology at the University of Akron.

See 2020 Symposium Summary & Pictures


The University of Akron School of Law has long been recognized as one of the leading IP law programs in the country. We offer more than 30 courses in the field and five degrees: an LL.M. (Master of Laws); a joint J.D./LL.M.; a joint J.D./MBA; and certificates for J.D. students and non- J.D. students.

With over 20% of the student body patent bar qualified and 40% of students involved in the IP program, Akron is one of the most IP-intensive schools in the nation.

See details on media coverage discussing the IP Center, and pictures of our many past events.

IP Law at Akron