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About Samuel Oddi

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 (2004).


Present Giles Sutherland Rich Professor of Intellectual Property, Emeritus, The University of Akron School of Law

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  • Patent Law and Policy
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Torts

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