Ryan G. Vacca
Ryan Vacca joined The University of Akron School of Law in 2010 and serves as the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property & Technology. He teaches, or has taught, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Current Policy Issues Affecting IP, Trade Secrets, and Contracts. Prior to joining Akron Law, Professor Vacca was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Denver College of Law, where he taught the Intellectual Property Survey, Trademarks, Patents, Property, and Professional Responsibility. He received his B.A. from Amherst College, his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law (Order of the Coif), and his LL.M. in Intellectual Property from New York University School of Law.
Professor Vacca primarily focuses his research on intellectual property. His research covers a wide variety of intellectual property topics and industries, including 3D printing, genetically modified food, patent reform efforts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, empirical studies, the music industry, and healthcare. He is frequently invited to present his research at academic conferences and to lawyers, judges, and policymakers across the country. Before entering academia, Professor Vacca was an attorney at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (now Stinson Leonard Street) in St. Louis, Missouri, where he specialized in intellectual property and products liability.