Jason Rantanen is a Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. He writes in the areas of patents, 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.
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. 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 Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center. He also chairs the law school’s judicial clerkship committee. For the 2016-17 academic year, Professor Rantanen will teach Trademarks & Unfair Competition and the Innovation, Business and Law Colloquium in the fall, and Introduction to Intellectual Property and Administrative Law in the spring. He will also co-teach the year-long interdisciplinary Iowa Medical Innovation Group course.
Professor Rantanen’s recent publications include “How Malleability Matters” in IP Theory, “The Doctrinal Structure of Patent Law’s Enablement Requirement” in the Vanderbilt Law Review, “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 2017) and The Exceptional Nature of Method Claims: A Response to Professor Holbrook in the Iowa Law Review Online. Professor Rantanen also recently co-authored an amicus brief in Halo Elecs. Inc. v. Pulse Elecs. Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (U.S. Supreme Court) (2016).
AB, Brown University, 1999
MA, University of Chicago, 2000
JD, University of Chicago, 2003