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About Prof. Ryan T. Holte

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.


Present Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Southern Illinois University
School of Law
1150 Douglas Drive
Mailcode 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901

Articles, Intellectual Property Law (6)

Books, Intellectual Property Law (1)

Patent Law (2)