Associate Professor of Law
AB, Brown University, 1999
MA, University of Chicago, 2000
JD, University of Chicago, 2003
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Professor Rantanen specializes in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular emphasis on Patent Law. He obtained his Master's Degree in History and JD from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors, served as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, and was awarded the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and practiced with the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP for six years, focusing on patent litigation, appeals, and counseling. Immediately prior to joining the College he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Professor Rantanen is the author of numerous articles on patent law doctrine and theory. His recent publications include "The Federal Circuit's New Obviousness Jurisprudence" in the Stanford Journal of Law and Technology, "Patent Law's Disclosure Requirement" in the Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, a review of Justice Scalia and Prof. Garner's book Reading Law in Landslide, and "Unenforceability" with Lee Petherbridge and Polk Wagner in the Washington and Lee Law Review. His works are available via the Social Sciences Research Network. He is also a co-author of the widely read law blog PatentlyO.
In addition to his teaching and scholarship work, Professor Rantanen is the faculty advisor for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Society student group.
For the 2014-15 academic year, Professor Rantanen will be on research leave during the fall and will teach the Introduction to Intellectual Property course in the spring.