For two reasons: First, I felt an obligation to The University of Akron School of Law because of the education I received there. Secondly, I was impressed by the other members of the IP Council. I consider myself one of the real “lightweights” on the Council and am very benefitted by the opportunity to meet some of the experienced and accomplished practitioners on the Council.
Since I live and work in Akron, I believe I can add a “boots on the ground” perspective to some of the issues facing the school, as well as be of assistance to Jeff Samuels.
Primarily, Jeff Samuels. For a person of his competency and stature in the IP community to be affiliated with our school is certainly a blessing and an important asset.
I enjoy the subject matter and the inventors. I think IP law is creative, and building and sustaining. Generally, the people who hire me are creative, intelligent people who are excited about the future. I have the happy good fortune of practicing in an area of law in which people are generally glad to be calling us because they are optimistic about making money about a new idea they have had.
I believe this is an area of law where one’s undergraduate degree is of more importance than for many areas of law. If one is considering a career in IP Law prior to finishing his/her undergraduate degree, take care to pick an undergraduate degree that will help in the IP Law practice.