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.
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
LIP 918: Trade Secrets Law
LIP 947: Current Issues in IP
LIP 954: Patent Law
LRS 905: Independent Study
TECH 780/880: Intellectual Property Law
Vacca, R., & Bartow, A. (2022). Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Copyright Jurisprudence. Nevada Law Journal, 22.
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.
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