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Two IP lawyers shake hands at an event held by the Intellectual Property program at The University of Akron School of Law.


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The University of Akron IP Law program was again recognized in the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings as among the best in the country. Similarly, the National Jurist’s preLaw magazine continues to recognize Akron as a Top School for IP Law.


The only top 60 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, 2018‑19

Intellectual Property Law at Akron Law honored by U.S. News and World Report National Jurist's preLaw magazine icon


  1. Akron Law IP courses
  2. LL.M. in IP Law
  3. Certificate in IP Law for JD and LL.M. students
  4. Certificate in IP Law for non-J.D. students
  5. Master's Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering
  6. Trademark Clinic
  7. Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic


Students, faculty and recent alumni talk about the benefits and opportunities available within the IP program at Akron Law.


Participants at an Akron Law Intellectual Property program event

Events are sponsored by Akron's Law's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association.


Mark F. Schultz

New School of Law Professor Mark F. Schultz testifies at the Feb. 11 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearing. Full story.

Akron Law student selected as semifinalist in Law Student of the Year awards

University of Akron School of Law student Briana Vamosi was inspired by a few medical student friends in Cincinnati to do something to help amidst the beginning of the pandemic.

Article criticizes omission of trade secrets protection in trade agreement

The proposed Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement provides an opportunity to demonstrate global leadership in this important area, professors write.

Akron IP professor posts commentary on film-script cases article

Professor Camilla Hrdy interviews Charles Tait Graves, a partner at Wilson Sonsini, about his article on trade secrets and idea submission claims. Graves' article deals with cases where an "idea man" shares an idea with Defendant, hoping for monetary compensation even though there's no express contract.

IP professor urges Europe to act now to reform e-commerce

Mark Schultz writes an opinion article regarding how the EU can put trust back into online commerce.

Akron IP professor posts commentary on 'Trademarks and the COVID-19 Pandemic'

Professor Camilla A. Hrdy interviews Professor Irene Calboli about her article reports that "the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a veritable tsunami of trademark applications" for COVID and other pandemic-related terms. Calboli documents these filings in remarkable details and gathers significant data about pandemic-related trademark filings.

Akron Law IP professors to present paper at Science Fiction and the Law panel

Professor Camilla Hrdy will presents her essay “Enabling Science Fiction,” co-authored with former Akron Law professor Daniel Brean, at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) panel: Science Fiction and the Law.


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, Research Professor of  IP 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.