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, Copyrights, Patent Law, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Current Issues in IP, Contracts, Evidence, 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 and judicial administration and reform. He is frequently invited to present his research at academic conferences and to lawyers, judges, and policymakers across the world. 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.
J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia
LL.M., New York University
B.A., Amherst College
3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
Law & Legal Studies
Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
Unfair Competition Law
LAW 405: The American Legal System
LGP 920: Contracts
LGP 924: Evidence
LIP 912: Copyright Law
LIP 918: Trade Secrets Law
LIP 944: Fund of Intellectual Property
LIP 947: Current Issues in IP
LIP 954: Patent Law
LRS 905: Independent Study
TECH 780/880: Intellectual Property Law
Vacca, R. (2023). United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In I. Stamatoudi, M. Ricolfi, P. Yu, & P. Torremans (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property Law. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Vacca, R., & Bartow, A. (2022). The Jurisprudential Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. R. Vacca, & A. Bartow (Eds.), NYU Press.
Menell, P. S., & Vacca, R. G. (2022). Breaking the Vicious Cycle Fragmenting National Law.
Vacca, R., & Bartow, A. (2022). Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Copyright Jurisprudence. Nevada Law Journal, 22, 431.
Vacca, R., & Bartow, A. (2021). Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Intellectual Property Jurisprudence. Landslide, 14(Sept/Oct), 5-9.
Vacca, R., & Halpern, S. (2021). Copyright Law: Protection of Original Expression (4th ed. ed.). Carolina Academic Press.
Vacca, R. G. (2019). The Federal Circuit as an Institution. In P. Menell, B. Depoorter, & D. Schwartz (Eds.), Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II - Analytical Methods). Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.e-elgar.com/
Vacca, R., & Menell, P. (2019). 3D Printing and US Copyright Law. In D. Mendis, M. Lemley, & M. Rimmer (Eds.), 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation. Edward Elgar.