Judge Ryan T. Holte
Professor Holte joined The University of Akron School of Law in 2017 and served as the David L. Brennan Associate Professor of Law and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. In June 2019, he was confirmed by the United States Senate and was sworn in as a judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. He continues his affiliation with Akron Law as Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence Professor of Law. Prior to joining Akron Law, Professor Holte served as a law professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law for four years.
Professor Holte's scholarship interests include intellectual property (IP) law and property law, and he is a widely published author in IP subjects. He is also an accomplished former engineer and co-inventor of US Patent 9,523,773 Systems and Methods for Countering Satellite-Navigated Munitions (Army Secrecy Order lifted June 2016; allowance Aug. 2016; 472 day patent term extension). Professor Holte's most recent articles focus on patent related topics with particular attention to patent assertion entities (or "patent trolls"), equitable remedies in patent litigation, and empirical legal studies. He is the recipient of two non-resident Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships from the George Mason University School of Law, and a grant from the Case Western University School of Law, to support research and writing on IP topics. His recent articles have been published in the Washington Law Review, Akron Law Review, Chapman University Law Review, and St. Louis University Law Journal; his current works-in-progress include three empirical studies of patent litigation subjects.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Holte practiced as a litigation attorney at the United States Federal Trade Commission, an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at the Jones Day law firm, and a patent prosecutor at the Finnegan law firm. Prior to practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as a law clerk to Judge Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Before law school, Professor Holte owned a car dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in biodiesel vehicles and worked as an engineer for Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard in Sonoma County, California.
Professor Holte received his JD from the University of California Davis School of Law where he served a a staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal. He received his BS, magna cum laude, in engineering from the California Maritime Academy where he was a First Class graduate of the California Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets Third Engineering Division and Editor of the campus newspaper, The Binnacle.
Cycles of Obviousness, 105 Iowa L. Rev. 2549 (2019) (with Prof. Ted M. Sichelman)
Clarity in Remedies for Patent Cases, 26 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 128 (2018)
Patent Injunctions on Appeal: An Empirical Study of the Federal Circuit's Application of eBay, 92 Washington L. Rev. 145 (2017) (with Prof. Chris Seaman)
Patent Submission Policies, 50 Akron L. Rev. 637 (2017)
Patent Submission Policies: Is it Time to Reconsider Commercialization Communications?, IPWatchdog.com (blog), Nov. 14, 2016
Four-Paws Applause to Illinois on Pet Meds Law, The Southern, August 21, 2015.
The Misinterpretation of eBay v. MerExchange and Why: An Analysis of the Case History, Precedent, and Parties, 18 Chapman Law Review 677 (2015)
Trolls or Great Inventors: Case Studies of Patent Assertion Entities, 59 St. Louis University Law Journal 1-33 (2014)
The Trepass Fallacy in the 'Software Patent' Debate, 65 Florida Law Review Forum 46 (2014)
Chapter 7 - Restricting Fair Use to Save the News: A Proposed Change in Copyright Law to Bring More Profit to News Reporting, in FREE SPEECH AND COPYRIGHT LAW (Audhi Vavili ed., Amicus Books 2010)
What is Really Fair: Internet Sales and the Georgia Long Arm Statute, 10 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology 567 (2009)
Restricting Fair Use to Save the News: A Proposed Change in Copyright Law to Bring More Profit to News Reporting, 13 Journal of Technology Law and Policy 1 (2008)
The Freedom to Imagine Fantasy Sports: Applying New Ideas in Copyright Law to Professional Athletes' Right of Publicity, 54 Journal of Copyright Society 771 (2007)