A. Samuel Oddi joined The University of Akron School of Law faculty as the Giles
Sutherland Rich Professor in Intellectual Property in 2000. He received his B.S. in
electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, J.D. from the University of
Pittsburgh and LL.M. from George Washington University. Professor Oddi teaches patent law
and policy; torts; jurisprudence; and international intellectual property law. Prior to
joining the Akron Law faculty, Professor Oddi was a professor at Northern Illinois
University College of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of
California (Davis) College of Law, The Ohio State University School of Law, and the
University of Pittsburgh School of law. His professional experience includes working as a
patent attorney at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and as patent counsel at Rockwell
International Corporation, both located in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also served as a senior
legal officer in the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He
has been admitted to practice in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published numerous articles in the fields of
intellectual property and torts. His recent articles include “The Regeneration of
American Patent Law: Patentable Subject Matter,” 46 IDEA 491-560 (2006) and “Patent
Attorney Malpractice: An Oxymoron No More,” 2004 U. Ill. J. L., Tech. & Pol’y 1-72



Patent Attorney Malpractice: Case-Within-A-Case-Within-A-Case, Akron Intellectual Property Journal (2012)

As literary devices, a “story-within-a story” and a “play-within-a-play” have a long lineage. Shakespeare seems...



The Regeneration of American Patent Law: Patentable Subject Matter, IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review (2006)

This article will undertake an analysis of the decision-making process of the courts in patent...



Patent Attorney Malpractice: An Oxymoron No More, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy (2004)

With increasing frequency, clients are bringing malpractice claims against their patent attorneys. Malpractice and the...



Assault on the Citadel: Judge Rich and Computer-Related Inventions, Houston Law Review (2002)

Following this brief overview of the historical assault on the Citadel against protecting computer-related inventions,...



The Tragicomedy of the Public Domain in Intellectual Property Law, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (2002)

While the public domain is a pervasive concept in intellectual property law, it is hardly...




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