A. Samuel Oddi

A. Samuel Oddi

Title: Giles Sutherland Rich Professor of Intellectual Property
Office: Room 231C
Phone: 330-972-6384
Fax: 330-972-2372
Email: asoddi@uakron.edu
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A. Samuel Oddi joined The University of Akron School of Law faculty as the Giles Sutherland Rich Professor in Intellectual Property in 2000. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and LL.M. from George Washington University. Professor Oddi teaches patent law and policy; torts; jurisprudence; and international intellectual property law. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty, Professor Oddi was a professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of California (Davis) College of Law, The Ohio State University School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of law. His professional experience includes working as a patent attorney at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and as patent counsel at Rockwell International Corporation, both located in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also served as a senior legal officer in the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been admitted to practice in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published numerous articles in the fields of intellectual property and torts. His recent articles include "The Regeneration of American Patent Law: Patentable Subject Matter," 46 IDEA 491-560 (2006) and "Patent Attorney Malpractice: An Oxymoron No More," 2004 U. Ill. J. L., Tech. & Pol'y 1-72 (2004).


  • Patent Attorney Malpractice, A Case-Within-A-Case-Within-A-Case,  6 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 71 (2012)
  • Plagues, Pandemics, and Patents: Legality and Morality, 51 IDEA 1 (2011)
  • The Regeneration of American Patent Law: Patentable Subject Matter, 46 IDEA 481 (2006)
  • Patent Attorney Malpractice: An Oxymoron No More, 2004 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 1 (2004)
  • Assault on the Citadel: Judge Rich and Computer-Related Inventions, 39 Hous. L. Rev. 1033 (2002)
  • The Tragicomedy of the Public Domain in Intellectual Property Law, 25 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 1 (2002)
  • Product Simulation: From Tort to Intellectual Property, 88 Trademark Rep. 101 (1998)
  • TRIPS - Natural Rights and a "Polite Form of Economic Imperialism," 29 Vand. J. Transnat'l. L. 415 (1996)
  • Un-Unified Economic Theories of Patents - The Not-Quite-Holy Grail, 71 Notre Dame L. Rev. 267 (1996)
  • An Uneasier Case for Copyright Than for Patent Protection of Computer Programs, 72 Neb. L. Rev. 351 (1993)
  • Reverse Informed Consent: The Unreasonably Dangerous Patient, 46 Vand. L. Rev. 1417 (1993)
  • Contributory Copyright Infringement: The Tort and Technological Tensions, 22 Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 487 (1990)
  • Beyond Obviousness: Invention Protection in the Twenty-First Century, 38 Am. U. L. Rev. 1097 (1989)
  • Contributory Copyright Infringement: The Tort and Technological Tensions, 64 Notre Dame L. Rev. 47 (1989)
  • Functionality and Free Market Theory, 17 AIPLA Q.J. 173 (1989)
  • Assessing "Genericness": Another View, 78 Trademark Rep. 560 (1988)
  • The International Patent System and the Third World Development: Reality or Myth?,  1987 Duke L.J. 831 (1987)
  • Consumer Motivation in Trademark and Unfair Competition Law: On the Importance of Source,  31 Vill. L. Rev. 1 (1986)
  • The Functions of "Functionality" in Trademark Law, 76 Trademark Rep. 308 (1986)
  • The Tort of Interference with the Right to Die: The Wrongful Living Cause of Action, 75 Geo. L.J. 625 (1986)
  • The Functions of "Functionality" in Trademark Law, 22 Hous. L. Rev. 925 (1985)
  • Product Simulation and Contributory Trademark Infringement: A Right Suggests a Wrong, 25 Ariz. L. Rev. 601 (1983)
  • Contributory Infringement/Patent Misuse: Metaphysics and Metamorphosis, 44 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 73 (1982)
  • Contributory Infringement in the United States of America: Theory, Application, Development,  20 Indus. Prop. 177 (1981)
  • La Contrefacon indirecte aux Etats-Unis d'Amerique: Theorie, application et evolution, 97 La Propriete Industrielle 190 (1981)