Title: Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Office: Room 206 C. Blake McDowell Law Building
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Professor Camilla A. Hrdy is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at University of Akron School of Law. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law; an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project; and a Scholar at the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2). She is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secrets.
Professor Hrdy’s primary teaching areas are Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Patents, and Civil Procedure. Professor Hrdy’s research focuses on intellectual property law; innovation and economic development; the history of patent law; intellectual property and federalism; the law and policy of trade secrets, trademarks, and unfair competition; and the relationship between intellectual property law, innovation, and human well-being.
Her articles have appeared or will appear shortly in various law journals, including Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Fordham Law Review, American Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Berkeley Law & Technology Journal, and Michigan Technology Law Review.
She is a five-time recipient of the Thomas G. Byers Outstanding Faculty Publication Award at Akron Law.
She is a regular blogger on the IP scholarship blog, Written Description, where she writes on IP scholarship related to trade secrets, trademarks, patents, IP theory, the history of intellectual property in America, and numerous other topics.
Professor Hrdy holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law, a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. in from the University of Cambridge, Department of History & Philosophy of Science. She received Harvard’s Hoopes prize, and a Redhead Prize from the University of Cambridge Department of History & Philosophy of Science.
Before coming to Akron Law, she was a resident fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project and a teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Innovation, Technology & Competition.
She clerked for U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack in the Southern District of Texas.
Links to Selected Articles:
Beyond Trade Secrecy: Confidentiality Agreements That Act Like Noncompetes (with Christopher Seaman), 133 YALE LAW JOURNAL (forthcoming 2023)
Commercialization Awards, 2015 Wis. L. Rev. 13 (2015), selected for republication in Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Volume II (2017, ed. Shubha Ghosh)
Erie, Remedies, & Trade Secrets, ConLawNOW (2019).
The Trespass Fallacy’s Limits—A Response to Adam Mossoff, 65 Fla. L. Rev. F. 42 (2014) (with Ben Picozzi).
Dissenting State Patent Regimes, 3 IP Theory 78 (2013).