• Full-Time Faculty
  • W. Keith Robinson

  • Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Assistant Professor of Law

"Through the patent and trademark clinic, our students will learn substantive skills and have the opportunity to expand their understanding of intellectual property law. Further, the clinic will provide the law school with the ability to strengthen its relationship with the growing start-up and entrepreneurial community in Dallas."

  • fulltime Faculty
  • W. Keith Robinson

  • Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Assistant Professor of Law

"Through the patent and trademark clinic, our students will learn substantive skills and have the opportunity to expand their understanding of intellectual property law. Further, the clinic will provide the law school with the ability to strengthen its relationship with the growing start-up and entrepreneurial community in Dallas."

  • Biography

    • W. Keith Robinson joined SMU Dedman School of Law in 2011. Before 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 technology law. His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights in the U.S. Patent system. He has written or lectured on patent lawsuit avoidance, the patenting of business methods, joint infringement and the USPTO's examination guidelines. One of Professor Robinson's most recent articles appeared in the American University Law Review. The article was judged one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published in 2012 and was reprinted in the 2013 Intellectual Property Law Review.

      Professor Robinson practiced law at Foley and Lardner LLP as a member of the electronics practice group in Washington, D.C. There, he assisted clients in various areas of patent law including counseling through negotiations, opinions, prosecution and strategic IP issues including evaluating emerging technology.
      Professor Robinson has counseled clients in a variety of technical areas including computer software, consumer electronics, display technology, signal processing, telecommunications, wireless communications, network architecture, application specific electronic devices, semiconductor devices and manufacturing, data mining, search technology, vehicle safety systems, RFID technology, Internet applications and business methods.

      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 web application architectures.

      Professor Robinson is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (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.

  • Education

    • B.S.E., Duke University School of Engineering
      J.D., cum laude,  Duke University School of Law
  • Courses

    • Intellectual Property & Business Organizations
      Property
      Intellectual Property
       
  • Presentations

    • Disruptive Technologies and the Law
      Invited Speaker
      Center for Intellectual Property law and innovation event
      Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
      Indianapolis, Indiana (February 17, 2015)

      Inducement
      Invited Faculty
      3rd Annual Naples Midwinter Patent Law Experts Conference
      The University of Akron School of Law
      Naples, FL (February 9-10, 2015)

      Patent Law in an Increasingly Digital World
      Invited Panelists
      IP Strategy in the Digital Age: A Discussion on Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Government IP Regulations in an Online World
      Wake Forest University School of Law
      Winston Salem, NC (February 6, 2015)

      The Impact of U.S. Patent Law on Disruptive Technology
      Invited Speaker
      Annual International Intellectual Property Conference: Exploring the Latest Theories and Practices in Intellectual Property from Comparative Perspectives
      Shanghai University of Finance & Economics
      School of Law
      Shanghai, China (December 15-16, 2014)

      Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law
      Invited Speaker
      22nd Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (October 31, 2014)

      The Future of Patent Law: Understanding the Challenges Ahead
      Co-Organizer and Moderator
      11th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (October 3, 2014)

      2020: An IP Odyssey
      Panel Organizer and Panelist
      Southeastern Association of Law Schools – Workshop on Intellectual Property Law
      Amelia Island, FL (August 5, 2014)

      Economic Theory, Divided Infringement and Enforcing Interactive Patents
      Invited Presenter
      John Mercer Langston Black Male Law Faculty Writing Workshop
      William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
      Las Vegas, NV (July 11, 2014)

      The War on Induced Infringement
      Speaker
      Drake IP Scholars Roundtable
      Drake University Law School
      Des Moines, IA (March 29, 2014)

      Recent Developments in Patent Law
      Invited Speaker
      The Eleventh Annual Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice Seminar
      U.S. Space and Rocket Center (NASA)
      Huntsville, AL (March 14, 2014)

      Identified as a Rising Scholar and Invited Speaker
      Naples Midwinter Patent Law Experts Conference
      Naples, FL (February 11, 2014)

      Theoretical Perspectives on Joint Infringement
      Invited Speaker
      First Monday Faculty Series
      University of Georgia Law School
      Athens, GA (December 2, 2013)

      Game Law Panel
      Invited Panelist
      Big Design 2013
      Dallas, TX (October 19, 2013)

      The Aftermath of Akamai
      Panelist
      Politics of Intellectual Property and Culture
      LatCrit Chicago, IL (October 5, 2013)

      Theoretical Perspectives on Recent Doctrinal Changes to the Federal Circuit's Joint Infringement Standard
      Speaker
      Intellectual Property Scholars Conference
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
      New York, NY (August 8, 2013)

      Patentable Subject Matter: What's Patentable Today May Not Be Patentable Tomorrow
      Panelist
      Southeastern Association of Law Schools - Workshop on Intellectual Property Law
      Palm Beach, FL (August 5, 2013)

      Law and Economics Center Economics Institute for Law Professors
      Participant
      George Mason University School of Law
      Beaver Creek, CO (July 7-19, 2013)

      Law and Economics Center Empirical Workshop for Law Professors
      Participant
      George Mason University School of Law
      Arlington, VA (May 20-24, 2013)

      Inaugural Intellectual Property Academics' Boot Camp
      Invited Speaker
      University of New Hampshire School of Law
      Holderness, NH (June 6, 2013)

      Theoretical Perspectives on Joint Infringement
      Speaker
      Drake IP Scholars Roundtable
      Drake University Law School
      Des Moines, IA (April 13, 2013)

      Disruptive Technologies and the Federal Circuit
      Moderator, Innovation
      10th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (March 22, 2013)

      The Aftermath of Akamai and the Future of Joint Infringement
      Speaker
      Computer Law Section Dallas Bar
      Dallas, TX (February 25, 2013)

      Portfolio Development after the AIA
      Panelist
      14th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium
      Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
      Austin, TX (February 22, 2013)

      Law and the Future of Gaming
      Moderator
      Game::Business::Law – International Summit on the Law and Business of Video Games
      SMU Dedman School of Law, The Guildhall at SMU
      The Center for American and International Law
      Dallas, TX (January 24-25, 2013)

      Claim Construction
      Presenter
      Conference on U.S. Patent Litigation Procedures
      Southwest University of Political Science and Law
      Chongqing, China (December 3, 2012)
      (with Wei Wei Jeang, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP)

      New Regional Patent Office in Dallas and What You Should Do to Prepare for the IP Job Market
      Panelist
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (September 6, 2012)

      Apple v. Samsung: Perspectives on New IP Litigation Strategies
      Panelist
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (August 28, 2012)

      Protecting America’s Innovators: Combating the Decline of Patents Granted to Small Entities
      Presenter,
      Intellectual Property Scholars Conference
      Stanford University
      Palo Alto, CA (August 9, 2012)

      Protecting America’s Innovators: Combating the Decline of Patents Granted to Small Entities
      Presenter
      Southeastern Association of Law Schools – New Scholars Workshop
      Amelia Island, FL (August 2, 2012)

      Commentator
      "John Mercer Langston Law Faculty Writing Workshop"
      Suffolk University Law School
      Boston, MA (June 30, 2012)

      The America Invents Act, Strategic Perspectives
      Moderator
      Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (April 20, 2012)

      Joint Infringement, Past, Present, Future
      Speaker
      Dallas Bar Association
      Computer Law Section
      Dallas, TX (March 26, 2012)

      Representing Start-ups and Tech Companies
      Panelist
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (March 5, 2012)

      Minority Attorneys in Intellectual Property Law
      Moderator
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (February 27, 2012)

      Joint Infringement and the Future of Interactive Method Claims
      Presenter
      Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium
      University of Houston
      Houston, TX (February 10, 2012)

      The Year in Video Game Law
      Speaker
      Game::Business::Law – International Summit on the Law and Business of Video Games
      SMU Dedman School of Law, The Guildhall at SMU
      The Center for American and International Law
      Dallas, TX (January 26, 2012)

      Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, Insights and Implications for Small Businesses
      Panelist
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (September 20, 2011)

      Professional Perspectives in IP Law
      Panelist
      SMU Dedman School of Law
      Dallas, TX (September 8. 2011)

      Joint Infringement and the Future of Interactive Method Claims
      Speaker
      Intellectual Property Scholars Conference
      DePaul University
      Chicago, IL (August 12, 2011)

      Implications of Bilski v. Kappos
      Speaker
      Foley & Lardner LLP
      Washington, DC (July 1, 2010)

      Joint Infringement: Recent Developments
      Speaker
      Foley & Lardner LLP
      Washington, DC (October 1, 2009)

      Managing IP Risk in Day-to-Day Business Operations
      Speaker
      Software and information Industry Association
      Webinar (November 19, 2007)
  • Other

    • Works in Progress

      The War on Induced Infringement

      Of Claims and Men in the Internet Age