Professor Rantanen specializes in intellectual property law. His regular courses include Introduction to Intellectual Property, Patent Law, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Professor Rantanen's scholarship addresses legal issues in patent law from doctrinal, empirical, and theoretical perspectives, and he is a co-author of the widely-read PatentlyO law blog.
Following law school, Professor Rantanen 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 Iowa Law he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
In addition to his teaching and scholarship work, Professor Rantanen is the faculty advisor for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Society student group and as a member of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center. For the 2015-16 academic year, Professor Rantanen will teach Patent Law and the Capstone seminar in the fall and teach the Introduction to Intellectual Property course in the spring. He will also host the fall Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium.
His recent publications include "The Malleability of Patent Rights," forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review, "Teva, Nautilus, and Change Without Change," forthcoming in the Stanford Technology Law Journal, and "Disuniformity" with Lee Petherbridge in the Florida Law Review.
AB, Brown University, 1999
MA, University of Chicago, 2000
JD, University of Chicago, 2003