Professor Holte’s teaching expertise and scholarship interests include intellectual
property (IP) law and property law, and he is a widely published author in IP subjects.
His most recent articles focus on patent related topics with particular focus on patent
assertion entities (PAEs) or “patent trolls.” For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic
years, Professor Holte was awarded Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships from the George
Mason University School of Law to support research and writing on IP topics. 

At the Southern Illinois University School of Law, Professor Holte teaches Property Law I
& II, Intellectual Property Survey, and Patent Law. He also serves on the Faculty IP
Committee, the IP Alumni Board, and as an advisor to the SIU IP Law Society. Prof. Holte
speaks nationally on IP subjects and as an advisor locally in Southern Illinois to a
variety of small businesses and local economic development centers regarding IP law and
policy issues. 

Prior to joining the SIU School of Law faculty, Professor Holte practiced as a litigation
attorney at the United States Federal Trade Commission, an associate in the Intellectual
Property Practice Group at the law firm Jones Day, and a patent prosecutor at the law
firm Finnegan. Prior to practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr.
on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as a law clerk to
Judge Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Before law school,
Professor Holte owned a car dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in
biodiesel vehicles and worked as an engineer for Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard in
Sonoma County, California. 

Professor Holte received his JD from the University of California Davis School of Law
where he served as a staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal. He received his
BS, magna cum laude, in engineering from the California Maritime Academy where he was a
First Class graduate of the California Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets Third Engineering
Division and Editor of the campus newspaper, The Binnacle. 

Articles, Intellectual Property Law

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Trolls or Great Inventors: Case Studies of Patent Assertion Entities, Saint Louis University Law Journal (2014)

There has been much debate about the economic harms caused by patent infringement lawsuits filed...

 

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The Trespass Fallacy in the "Software Patent" Debate, University of Florida Law Review Forum (2014)

In The Trespass Fallacy in Patent Law, Professor Adam Mossoff details how patent law jurisprudence...

 

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Chapter 7 - Restricting Fair Use to Save the News (2010)

Ryan T. Holte in “Restricting Fair Use to Save the News: A Proposed Change in...

 

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What is Really Fair: Internet Sales and the Georgia Long-Arm Statute, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (2009)

This article analyzes the current issue of online merchants being forced to defend themselves in...

 

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Restricting Fair Use to Save the News: A Proposed Change in Copyright Law to Bring More Profit to News Reporting, Journal of Technology Law and Policy, University of Florida (2008)

This article deals with the current state of the news industry and the rapidly declining...

 

Books, Intellectual Property Law

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Chapter 7 - Restricting Fair Use to Save the News (2010)

Ryan T. Holte in “Restricting Fair Use to Save the News: A Proposed Change in...

 

Patent Law

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Trolls or Great Inventors: Case Studies of Patent Assertion Entities, Saint Louis University Law Journal (2014)

There has been much debate about the economic harms caused by patent infringement lawsuits filed...

 

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The Trespass Fallacy in the "Software Patent" Debate, University of Florida Law Review Forum (2014)

In The Trespass Fallacy in Patent Law, Professor Adam Mossoff details how patent law jurisprudence...