- BA, Amherst College
- JD, University of Missouri School of Law
- LL.M., New York University School of Law
- Patent Law
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.
- Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press) (with K. Port) (forthcoming).
- U.S. Copyright Law and 3D Printing, in 3D Printing and Beyond: The Intellectual Property and Legal and Implications Surrounding 3D Printing and Emerging Technologies (D. Mendis, M. Lemley, & M. Rimmer, eds. Edward Elgar Publishing) (forthcoming 2017) (with P. Menell).
- The Federal Circuit as an Institution in Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II – Analytical Methods) (P. Menell, B. Depoorter, & D. Schwartz, eds. Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2017).
- Work Made for Hire – Analyzing the Multifactor Balancing Test, 42 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 197 (2014).
- Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Seeds as De Facto Standard Essential Patents, 85 U. Colo. L. Rev. 313 (2014) (with B. Horton and B. Cole).
- Intellectual Property and Public Health – A White Paper, 7 Akron J. Intell. Prop. 39 (2014) (Reporter).
- Patent Reform and Best Mode: A Signal to the Patent Office or a Step Toward Elimination?, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 279 (2012).
- Acting Like an Administrative Agency: The Federal Circuit En Banc, 76 Mo. L. Rev. 733 (2011).
- Abolishing the Missing-Claim Rule for Judicial Cancellations, 18 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 297 (2010).
- Viewing Virtual Property Ownership Through the Lens of Innovation, 76 Tenn. L. Rev. 33 (2008).
- Expanding Preferential Treatment Under the Record Rental Amendment Beyond the Music Industry, 11 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 605 (2007).
- Design Patents: An Alternative Option when the Low Standards of Copyright are Too High?, 31 S. Ill. U. L.J. 325 (2007).
- Who Knew? The Admissibility of Subsequent Remedial Measures When Defendants Are Without Knowledge of the Injuries, 38 McGeorge L. Rev. 653 (2007) (with M. Boyko).
- Unfair Trade Practices: A Compendium of State Law (Kansas Chapter), Defense Research Institute (2005).
- Is State Law Looking for Trouble?: The Federal Arbitration Act Flexes its Preemptive Muscle, 2003 J. Disp. Resol. 463 (2003) (with R. Hollis, S. Kerner, and A. Pearson).