Ryan G. Vacca

Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301
Ryan Vacca

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, the University of Denver College of Law, and Swinburne University Law School. 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.


  • J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia
  • LL.M., New York University
  • B.A., Amherst College

Research Interests

  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
  • Judicial/Law Administration
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
  • Unfair Competition Law

Courses Taught

  • LGP 920: Contracts
  • LIP 954: Patent Law

Selected Publications

Vacca, R. G. (2015). Work Made for Hire ? Analyzing the Multifactor Balancing Test. Florida State University Law Review, 42, 197-254. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/284

Cole, B. M., Horton, B. J., & Vacca, R. G. (2014). Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Seeds as De Facto Standard Essential Patents. University of Colorado Law Review, 85, 313-375. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/283

Vacca, R. G., Chen, J. M., Dratler, J. J., Folsom, T., Hall, T. S., Heled, Y., . . . Van Tassel, K. A. (2013). Intellectual Property and Public Health ? A White Paper. Akron Intellectual Property Journal, 7, 39-62. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/281

Vacca, R. G. (2012). Patent Reform and Best Mode: A Signal to the Patent Office or a Step Toward Elimination?. Albany Law Review, 75, 279-304. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/282

Vacca, R. G. (2011). Acting Like an Administrative Agency: The Federal Circuit En Banc. Missouri Law Review, 76, 733-762. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/280

Vacca, R. G. (2010). Abolishing the Missing-Claim Rule for Judicial Cancellations. Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, 18, 297-332. Retrieved from http://www.tiplj.org/

Vacca, R. G. (2008). Viewing Virtual Property Ownership Through the Lens of Innovation. Tennessee Law Review, 76, 33-66. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/290

Vacca, R. G. (2007). Design Patents: An Alternative When the Low Standards of Copyright are Too High. Southern Illinois University Law Journal, 31(2), 325-362.

Boyko, M. G., & Vacca, R. G. (2007). Who Knew? Admissibility of Subsequent Remedial Measures when Defendants are Without Knowledge of the Injuries. McGeorge Law Review, 38, 653-678. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/285

Vacca, R. G. (2007). Expanding Preferential Treatment Under the Record Rental Amendment Beyond the Music Industry. Lewis and Clark Law Review, 11, 605-632. Retrieved from https://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/318/