Camilla Hrdy

Camilla Hrdy

Title: Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Office: Room 206 C. Blake McDowell Law Building
Phone: 330-972-6752
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


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)

The Patent Law Origins of Science Fiction (with Dan Brean) (forthcoming)

The Value in Secrecy, 91 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 557 (2022)

Enabling Science Fiction (with Daniel Brean), 27 Michigan Technology Law Review (forthcoming 2021).

The Trade Secrecy Standard for Patent Prior Art (with Sharon Sandeen), 70 American University Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

Abandoning Trade Secrets (with Mark Lemley), 72 Stanford Law Review 1 (2021)

Innovation or Jobs? An Inconvenient Truth About Public Financing for “Innovation”, 3 J.L. & Innovation 69 (2020).

The General Knowledge, Skill, and Experience Paradox, Boston College Law Review, Vol. 60, p. 2409 (2019)

Intellectual Property and the End of Work, 70 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2019).

The Reemergence of State Anti-Patent Law, 89 U. Colo. L. Rev. 101 (2018), recipient of the 2018 Thomas G. Byers Outstanding Faculty Scholarly Publication.

Getting Patent Preemption Right, 24 J. Intell. Prop. L. 305 (2017), Symposium Essay produced in conjunction with the 2017 AALS Panel on “IP & Federalism.”

Patent Nationally, Innovate Locally, 31 Berkeley Tech. L. J. 1302 (2017).

Cluster Competition, 20 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 981 (2016), recipient of the 2017 Thomas G. Byers Memorial Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarly Publication.

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)

State Patents as a Solution to Underinvestment in Innovation, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 101 (2014).

State Patent Laws in the Age of Laissez-Faire, 28 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 45 (2013).

Shorter Works:

Should Dissimilar Uses of Trade Secrets Be Actionable?, 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 78 (2019)

Erie, Remedies, & Trade Secrets, ConLawNOW (2019).  

The AIA Is Not a Taking: A Response to Dolin & Manta, 72 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 472 (2016) (with Ben Picozzi).

Claim Construction or Statutory Construction?: A Response to Chiang & Solum, Yale L.J. F. (2014) (with Ben Picozzi).

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).