Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz
Director, Intellectual Property Program & Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Endowed Chair in IP Law
University of Akron School of Law

Professor Mark F. Schultz joined the faculty in 2020. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of intellectual property. Prior to coming to Akron, he was a professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law for 16 years and was co-founder and a leader of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., where he remains non-resident Senior Scholar. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Geneva Network, a UK-based think tank focused on international IP and health policy.

His research concerns the law and economics of the global intellectual property system, focusing particularly on trade secret law. He worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to co-author a groundbreaking global trade secret protection index (the TSPI). The TSPI is being used to frame policy discussions on this cutting-edge topic in capitals around the world. Through the Akron Law IP Center's Global Trade Secret Institute, he co-chairs and organizes an ongoing public-private multilateral diplomatic dialogue on best practices in drafting and implementing national trade secret laws.

As an influential voice in public policy debates regarding intellectual property, he speaks frequently around the world about the connection between secure and effective intellectual property rights and flourishing national economies and individual lives. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on copyright law at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee and has briefed the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on trade secret legislation. He has spoken at programs hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Copyright Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Trade Organization, as well as numerous academic institutions, think tanks, and industry groups.

He is frequently called on to help governments and international organizations with IP policy and capacity building. Such projects have included providing training at the invitation of the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology to its technology transfer managers. He also co-authored a guide to using and protecting trade secrets for small and medium enterprises for the Government of India which has been translated into several regional languages and incorporated into training seminars for Indian entrepreneurs.

His research concerns the law and economics of the global intellectual property system, focusing particularly on trade secret law. He worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to co-author a groundbreaking global trade secret protection index (the TSPI). The TSPI is being used to frame policy discussions on this cutting-edge topic in capitals around the world. Through the Akron Law IP Center's Global Trade Secret Institute, he co-chairs and organizes an ongoing public-private multilateral diplomatic dialogue on best practices in drafting and implementing national trade secret laws.

As an influential voice in public policy debates regarding intellectual property, he speaks frequently around the world about the connection between secure and effective intellectual property rights and flourishing national economies and individual lives. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on copyright law at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee and has briefed the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on trade secret legislation. He has spoken at programs hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Copyright Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Trade Organization, as well as numerous academic institutions, think tanks, and industry groups.

He is frequently called on to help governments and international organizations with IP policy and capacity building. Such projects have included providing training at the invitation of the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology to its technology transfer managers. He also co-authored a guide to using and protecting trade secrets for small and medium enterprises for the Government of India which has been translated into several regional languages and incorporated into training seminars for Indian entrepreneurs.

Recent Publications

April 15, 2019

Seven case studies showcase how IP rights are enabling innovators in Latin America to help solve some of the greatest global health challenges.

April 30, 2018

Intellectual property rights go a long way to helping transform clever ideas into life-saving products that address global health challenges, ITIF’s Stephen Ezell and Mark Schultz of the Southern Illinois University School of Law write for Brink News.

April 24, 2018

Twenty-five case studies underscore how innovators in developing countries—often enabled by robust IP rights—are achieving advances in life sciences and healthcare that benefit people around the world.

March 9, 2017

Innovation and the property rights that secure it are key to meeting global health problems, write Stephen Ezell and Mark Schultz.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 2, 2021

The Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) represents a network of more than 40 world-leading think tanks dedicated to advancing a positive view of trade, globalization, and innovation

April 29, 2021

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion about the report and the vital role IP has played throughout the pandemic.

April 24, 2018

Please join ITIF and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property for an event releasing a new report that documents 25 cases of primarily developing-world entrepreneurs meeting global health challenges by “innovating for health.” The event will discuss what policies, including intellectual property, are needed to underpin successful life-sciences innovation in both the developed and developing world and feature presentations from several developing-country healthcare innovators who are leveraging IP, science, and technology to create a better world.