University of Akron School of Law Intellectual Property Symposium


24th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Monday, March 28, 2022

This in-person event and CLE will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote:

The Role of IP in Biopharma Innovation: Insights from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Matthew Pugmire | Assistant General Counsel | Pfizer, Inc.

Topics will include:

  • ADR in Intellectual Property Cases
  • Post Grant Review at the PTAB
  • International Trade Commission IP Practice
  • The Trademark Modernization Act
  • Effective Communications Between Inside and Outside Counsel
  • The Ethics and Practice of Effective Cybersecurity for Law Firms
  • Cooperating with Inventors: Best Practices

See agenda

Thank you to our sponsors

Emerson Thomson Bennett LLC

The J.M. Smucker Company

McDonald Hopkins LLC

Renner Otto

Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Tucker Ellis LLP

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities

Registration and fees

  • Advance Registration: $450
  • Government employees and faculty rate: $250
  • Student rate: $25
  • An additional $30 will be charged to walk-in registrants.

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 7.75 hours of Ohio CLE, including 2.5 hours of professional conduct credit covering Ethics, Professionalism, Substance Abuse, Access to Justice.

CLE credit

CLE accreditation approved for the following states:

OH – 7.75 (including 2.5 ethics hours)
IL – 7.75 hours (including 2.5 ethics hours)
PA – 7.75 hours (including 2.5 ethics hours)

Reciprocity States

FL – 7.75 hours (including 2.5 ethics hours)
NJ – 7.75 hours (including 2.5 ethics hours)
CA – 7.75 hours (including 2.5 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