The Innovation, Business & Law Center at The University of Iowa College of Law is an educational venture that unites faculty, practitioners and students who teach, work on and study legal issues posed by technological advancements, particularly in the business context.  The purpose of the Center is threefold. First, it offers speakers and programs that enrich the College of Law's curriculum pertaining to the laws governing entrepreneurship, creativity, competition, technology and corporations. Second, it provides support to students who seek to build careers in these areas.  Third, it seeks to engage law students, faculty, and the public in cutting-edge discussions about legal issues raised by technological advancements.

The Center accomplishes this mission by:

  • Hosting academics, practitioners and judges who interact directly with students.  Recent visiting speakers have included Professor Hank Greely, Director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, the Hons. William C. Bryson and Kathleen M. O'Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Commissioner Mark P. Wetjen of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Developing specialized courses such as the Iowa Medical Innovation Group, the Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium, and the Intellectual Property Moot Court Advocacy Course that push students to use their legal skills and expand their knowledge of the law.  
  • Offering one-day mini-courses that focus on cutting-edge practice topics, such as the inter partes review procedure at the USPTO.
  • Providing summer stipends for students doing unpaid legal work in intellectual property, technology, corporate or business law, antitrust, health law, and related fields.  Recent recipients have engaged in intellectual property work at the US Patent and Trademark Office, health law at a non-profit Iowa medical services provider, copyright law at a large museum, and technology law and policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

Areas of law encompassed by the IBL Center’s mission include:

  • Intellectual Property Law, including copyright law, patent law, and trademark law;
  • Antitrust and Competition Law;
  • Business Associations and Securities Law.

The Director of the IBL Center is Jason Rantanen, and its activities are entirely supported by the David M. Hellwege, JD '73 Fund.