Ryan Vacca

Ryan Vacca
Assistant Professor of Law

Spring 2013

  • Awarded a $5,000 grant from the University of Houston School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property and Information Law for work on a forthcoming article tentatively titled “Work Made for Hire – Analyzing the Multifactor Balancing Test,”
  • Presented paper “Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Seeds as De Facto Standard Essential Patents” at Wayne State University School of Law.

Winter 2012-2013

  • Has received a $5,000 grant from the University of Houston School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property and Information Law for work on his article tentatively titled “Work Made for Hire – Analyzing the Multifactor Balancing Test.”
  • Invited to be a Fellow at the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law 2013 National Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

Spring 2012

  • Presented “Best Mode and Patent Reform” at the 2012 Salishan Patent Law Conference hosted by the Oregon Patent Law Association.
  • Published “Patent Reform and Best Mode: A Signal to the Patent Office or a Step Toward Elimination?,” 75  Alb. L. Rev.  279 (2012).
  • Moderated the IP and the Internet panel at the Sughrue Symposium.
  • Awarded a Summer Research Fellowship by The University of Akron for his project “The Supreme Court’s Intellectual Property Caseload: A Historical Study.”

Winter 2011-2012

  • Published “Acting Like an Administrative Agency: the Federal Circuit En Banc,” 76 Mo. L. Rev. (Summer 2011).

Fall 2011

  • Posted blog entries on the Akron Law Café.
  • Presented “The Supreme Court’s Intellectual Property Caseload: A Historical Study” at the Northeast Ohio Faculty Colloquium.
  • Presented “How To Get Started With Your Sports or Entertainment Law Career” to the Sports & Entertainment Law Society at The University of Akron School of Law.

Spring 2011

  • Panelist at the 13th Annual Richard C. Sughrue on the topic of International Trademark Exhaustion.
  • Live blogged the Sughrue Symposium on the Akron Law Café.

Winter 2010-2011

  • Presented “Acting Like an Administrative Agency: The Federal Circuit En Banc,” at the 2011 Missouri Law Review Symposium “Evolving the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its Patent Jurisprudence.”  The paper was also published in the Missouri Law review at 76 Mo. L. Rev. 733.
  • Posted a blog entry on the Akron Law Café.

Fall 2010

  • Was a participant at the 4th Annual IP Scholars Forum on IP and the Supreme Court by presenting a draft paper entitled “Empirical Research Concerning the Supreme Court's IP Caseload since the late 1800s.”
  • Was invited to participate as a panelist at the Missouri Law Review Symposium in February 2011 on the “Federal Circuit's Patent Jurisprudence.”
  • Posted several blog entries to the Akron Law Café.
  • Wrote a short piece on copyright’s first sale doctrine and recent developments in the Ninth Circuit for the inaugural IP&T Center newsletter.

Winter 2009-2010

  • Published “Abolishing the Missing-Claim Rule for Judicial Cancellations,” 18 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 297 (Winter 2010).

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