Recent scholarship by Akron Law IP professors
University of Akron (UA) School of Law Associate Professor Camilla Hrdy and Professor Mark Schultz have published scholarship in a number of areas recently. Schultz is the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chair in Intellectual Property Law and director of the UA Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology.
Hrdy has published several articles in the past year, with several others accepted for publication. These are listed below. She recently spoke about her latest article on trade secrecy for prior art in patent law, co-written with Sharon K. Sandeen, director of the Intellectual Property Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
- Abandoning Trade Secrets (with Mark A. Lemley), 73 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2021)
- Innovation or Jobs? An Inconvenient Truth About Public Financing for “Innovation,” 3 J.L. & Innovation 69 (2020)
- The General Knowledge, Skill, and Experience Paradox, 60 Boston College Law Review 2409 (2019)
- Intellectual Property and the End of Work, 70 Florida Law Review (2019)
- The Trade Secrecy Standard for Patent Prior Art (with Sharon K. Sandeen), 70 American University Law Review (forthcoming 2021)
- Selected as the featured patent law article for the annual Federal Circuit Symposium Issue
- Enabling Science Fiction (with Daniel H. Brean), Michigan Technology Law Review (not yet published; forthcoming 2021)
- Selected for the “Science Fiction and the Law” panel at the Association of American Law Schools 2021
- The Reemergence of State Anti-Patent Law, 89 University of Colorado Law Review 101 (2017)
Schultz recently published an empirical study on the trends in U.S. venture capital investment from 2004-2017 — titled “The Importance of an Effective and Reliable Patent System to Investment in Critical Technologies” — in which he shows that the share of funding going to patent-intensive industries has declined significantly as the patent system has changed.
Schultz also co-authored a research report for the World Intellectual Property Organization titled “Policy Approaches to Close the IP Gender Gap: Practices to Support Access to the IP System for Female Innovators, Creators, and Entrepreneurs.” The paper, which will be released soon, documents and profiles programs and policy initiatives that have shown promise for increasing participation by women in the IP system.
Schultz is also working with The Sedona Conference, an influential legal reform organization, which has convened a working group on trade secret law. Schultz is the co-lead and editor for the drafting team producing “The Sedona Conference Framework for Analysis on Trade Secret Issues Across International Borders and Extraterritorial Reach.” The framework, which is expected to make a significant contribution to the discussion of trade secret law, will be published for public comment shortly.