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  • Professor Vacca joined the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2017. Prior to this, he was the David L. Brennan Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law (2010-2017), where he also served as Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology (2015-2017) and Interim Co-Dean (2016-2017). Professor Vacca teaches, or has taught, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Current Issues in IP, Contracts, Property, and Professional Responsibility. Professor Vacca has also been a visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, the University of Denver College of Law, Swinburne University Law School (Melbourne, Australia), and Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, China). 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 LLP) in St. Louis, Missouri, where he specialized in intellectual property and products liability.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Copyright JurisprudenceNevada Law Journal.  22. 2022
    2020 Revisiting and Confronting the Federal Judiciary “Crisis”: Charting a Path for Federal Judiciary ReformCalifornia Law Review.  108:789-789. 2020
    2019 Uncertainty in Employee Status Across Federal LawTemple Law Review.  92. 2019
    2015 Work Made for Hire – Analyzing the Multifactor Balancing TestFlorida State University law review. Florida State University. College of Law.  42:197-254. 2015
    2014 Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Seeds as De Facto Standard Essential PatentsUniversity of Colorado Law Review.  85:313-375. 2014
    2013 Intellectual Property and Public Health – A White PaperAkron Intellecutal Property Journal.  7:39-62. 2013
    2012 Patent Reform and Best Mode: A Signal to the Patent Office or a Step Toward Elimination?Albany law review.  75:279-304. 2012
    2011 Acting Like an Administrative Agency: The Federal Circuit En BancMissouri law review.  76:733-762. 2011
    2010 Abolishing the Missing-Claim Rule for Judicial CancellationsTexas Intellectual Property Law Journal.  18:297-332. 2010
    2008 Viewing Virtual Property Ownership Through the Lens of InnovationTennessee law review.  76:33-66. 2008
    2007 Design Patents: An Alternative When the Low Standards of Copyright are Too HighSouthern Illinois University Law Journal.  31:325-362. 2007
    2007 Expanding Preferential Treatment Under the Record Rental Amendment Beyond the Music IndustryLewis and Clark Law Review.  11:605-632. 2007
    2007 Who Knew? Admissibility of Subsequent Remedial Measures when Defendants are Without Knowledge of the InjuriesMcGeorge Law Review Pacific law journal (Sacramento, Calif.).  38:653-678. 2007
    2003 Is State Law Looking for Trouble: The Federal Arbitration Act Flexes its Preemptive MuscleJournal of Dispute Resolution.  2003:463-504. 2003


    Year Title
    2021 Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression 2021


    Year Title
    2019 The Federal Circuit as an Institution 2019
    2019 3D Printing and US Copyright Law 2019
    2005 Kansas (chapter) 2005

    Teaching Activities

  • Trade Secrets Law Taught course 2021
  • The American Legal System Taught course 2021
  • Intellectual Property Law Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Trade Secrets Law Taught course 2020
  • The American Legal System Taught course 2019
  • Patent Law Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Current Issues in IP Taught course 2019
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Contracts Taught course 2018
  • Patent Law Taught course 2018
  • Contracts Taught course 2017
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Ryan Vacca