University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Symposium


26th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Monday, March 25, 2024

Andrei Iancu

This in-person event and CLE will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For descriptions of panels and a full schedule please see the agenda.

Lunch & Keynote:

Andrei Iancu | Former Director, USPTO

Andrei Iancu is a partner in S&C’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice and one of the leading voices in intellectual property law and innovation policy. He is a former Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property in the U.S. Department of Commerce and former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a position to which he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Andrei has decades of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in IP matters across the technical and scientific spectra, including medical devices, genetic testing, therapeutics, the Internet, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems and computer peripherals. He represents clients in litigation and trials before the district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the USPTO, the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, and also counsels clients on obtaining, licensing, enforcing and defending against IP rights globally.

Other topics will include:

  • Developing Guidelines for Ethical and Effective Use of AI
  • Copyright Small Claims Board Report
  • Early Results from the UPC and Considerations for Patent Strategy
  • 337 Actions in the ITC
  • Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets in World Where Non-Competes are Endangered
  • Litigation Finance: Pros, Cons, and Pitfalls
  • Trademarks and Free Speech

For full details, see agenda

Thank you to our sponsors

Emerson Thomson Bennett LLC

The J.M. Smucker Company

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Fabricant LLP

Morrison Foerster

Plakas Mannos

Renner Otto

Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities

Registration and fees

  • General Registration: $450
  • Government employees, faculty and Newer Attorneys (Grads 2017-2021) rate: $250
  • Student and recent grads (2022 and 2023) rate: $25

The registration fee covers: The symposium sessions and CLE materials, hot breakfast, seated lunch with keynote and full-day CLE panels.

We have applied for 7.5 hours of Ohio CLE, including 1.5 hours of professional conduct credit covering Ethics, Professionalism, Substance Abuse, Access to Justice.

CLE credit

CLE accreditation approved for the following states:

OH – 7.5 (including 1.5 ethics hours)
IL – 7.5 hours (including 1.5 ethics hours)
PA – 7.5 hours (including 1.5 ethics hours)

Reciprocity States

FL – 7.5 hours (including 1.5 ethics hours)
NJ – 7.5 hours (including 1.5 ethics hours)
CA – 7.5 hours (including 1.5 ethics hours)

Symposium location

University of Akron Taber Student Union, 303 Carroll St., Akron, OH 44325 | Directions

Parking will be provided, along with opportunities for discounted room rates at local hotels. Register today to receive email updates.


For questions or information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Professor Mark Schultz, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at The University of Akron.


The University of Akron School of Law has long been recognized as one of the leading IP law programs in the country. We offer more than 30 courses in the field and five degrees: an LL.M. (Master of Laws); a joint J.D./LL.M.; a joint J.D./MBA; and certificates for J.D. students and non- J.D. students.

With over 20% of the student body patent bar qualified and 40% of students involved in the IP program, Akron is one of the most IP-intensive schools in the nation.

See details on media coverage discussing the IP Center, and pictures of our many past events.

IP Law at Akron