Ryan Vacca

Professor of Law
Educational Background
  • BA, Amherst College
  • JD, University of Missouri School of Law
  • LL.M., New York University School of Law
Courses Taught
  • Patent Law
  • Contracts


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, Trade Secrets, Contracts, and Property.  Professor Vacca has also been a visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Denver College of Law.  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.