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Jason Rantanen

Jason Rantanen
Professor, Ferguson-Carlson Fellow in Law, and Director of the Innovation, Business, and Law program

Jason Rantanen is a Professor and Ferguson-Carslon Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.   He writes in the areas of patent law, federal courts, and empirical legal studies. Professor Rantanen has authored numerous articles and book chapters that address the law from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and his scholarship has appeared in the USC Law Review, Florida Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, American University Law Review, Michigan State Law Review, and Stanford Technology Law Journal, among others.  He is also a co-author of the widely-read PatentlyO law blog.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Rantanen served as a 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.  Immediately prior to joining Iowa Law in 2011, 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 director of the University of Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center.  He also chairs the law school’s internal procedures committee and serves on the university's research council and faculty policies and compensation and intellectual property policy committees.  

For the 2018-19 academic year, Professor Rantanen will teach Patent Law in the fall and Trademarks and Unfair Competition in the spring.  He will also co-teach the year-long interdisciplinary Iowa Medical Innovation Group course.



Professor Rantanen’s recent publications include “The Landscape of Modern Patent Appeals” in the American University Law Review, "The Exceptional Nature of Method Claims: A Response to Professor Holbrook" in the Iowa Law Review Online, and “Empirical Analyses of Judicial Opinions: Methodology, Metrics and the Federal Circuit” in the Connecticut Law Review.  Forthcoming publications include two co-authored chapters in the Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II -- Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2018) and "Patents as Credentials," co-authored with Sarah E. Jack, in the Washington & Lee Law Review.  


AB, Brown University, 1999

MA, University of Chicago, 2000

JD, University of Chicago, 2003

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