Prior to practicing law, Professor Robinson was a technology consultant for Ernst & Young LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC. He counseled clients on software development processes, developed customized software solutions and designed and implemented client/server security architectures.
Before joining SMU, Professor Robinson was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. Professor Robinson teaches and writes in the areas of property, intellectual property, patent law and law and technology. His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights via the current U.S. Patent system. He has written or lectured on patent lawsuit avoidance, the patenting of business methods, joint infringement and the USPTO’s examinationguidelines. Professor Robinson’s most recent article appeared in the Texas Intellectual Property Journal. The article was judged one of the best law review articles related to patent law published in 2010 and was reprinted in the Patent Law Review, 2011 ed.
Professor Robinson is a graduate of Duke University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2004). He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering (B.S. 1999). While attending law school, Professor Robinson served in the Duke Law Community Enterprise Clinic, where he provided counseling on copyright and trademark protection and advised entrepreneurial clients on business formation.
Professor Robinson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
No “Direction” Home: An Alternative Approach to Joint Infringement, 62 Am. U. L. Rev. 59 (2012).
Ramifications of Joint Infringement Theory on Emerging Technology Patents, 18 Tex. Intell. Prop. L. J. 335 (2010), reprinted in Patent Law Review, 2011 ed.
USPTO Issues Supplementary Examination Guidelines Explaining the Requirement for Clarity in Patent Claims, Science|Business, March 14, 2011 (with R.F. Henschel, partner Foley & Lardner LLP).
Current and Potential Methods to Undermine a Competitor's U.S. Patent Application, 81 PTCJ 770, (2011) (with M. Aamir Haq).
Ramifications of Joint Infringement Theory on Emerging Technology Patents, 18 TEX. INTELL. PROP. L. J. 335 (2010), reprinted in Patent Law Review, 2011 ed.
W. Keith Robinson and M. Aamir Haq, Current and Potential Methods to Undermine a Competitor's U.S. Patent Application, 81 PTCJ 770, (2011).
Protecting America’s Innovators - Combating the Decline of Patents Granted to Small Entities (Work in progress)
The Fallacy of the Single Entity Doctrine - Can Social Media Technology Cause a Paradigm Shift in Patent Law (Work in progress)