About the Tsai Center

Center Faculty

The Tsai Center is led by two Co-Directors, Profs. W. KEITH ROBINSON and DAVID O. TAYLOR, whose teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property law, including patent law. Prof. Robinson and Prof. Taylor collaborate with an Executive Board, Affiliated Faculty, and Adjunct Faculty.

W. Keith Robinson
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Co-Director of  the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law


Co-Directors and Executive Board

Affiliated and Adjunct Faculty

  • DANIEL BAUCUM, Adjunct Professor of Law (Counseling the Small Business Owner)
  • JOHN BROWNING, Adjunct Professor of Law (Social Media Law)
  • CHRISTA BROWN-SANFORD, Adjunct Professor of Law (Patent Prosecution)
  • DAVID CARSTENS, Adjunct Professor of Law (International Intellectual Property)
  • DAVID J. CHO, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law (Trademark Clinic)
  • WILSON CHU, Adjunct Professor of Law (Corporate Planning: Lifecycle of a Tech Startup)
  • JOHN M. CONE, Adjunct Professor of Law (Trademarks)
  • ELISABETH A. EVERT (Patent Litigation)
  • CHARLES M. HOSCH, Adjunct Professor of Law (Trade Secrets and Business Torts)
  • MARC A. HUBBARD, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law (Patent Clinic)
  • CHRISTOPHER JENKS, Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law (Impact of Emerging Technologies on Accountability in Armed Conflict)
  • RICHARD J. JOHNSON (Information Privacy and Security Law)
  • JEFFREY KAHN, Professor of Law (Administrative Law)
  • PHILLIP PHILBIN, Adjunct Professor of Law (Patent Litigation)
  • C. PAUL ROGERS, III, Professor of Law and Former Dean (Antitrust; Selected Problems in Antitrust)
  • MARK A. SHANK, Adjunct Professor of Law (Employment Law)
  • BARTON E. SHOWALTER, Adjunct Professor of Law (Intellectual Property Licensing)
  • BRUCE S. SOSTEK (Patent Litigation)
  • JOHN VERNON, Adjunct Professor of Law (Franchising and Distribution Law; International Franchising Law)
  • PETER VOGEL, Adjunct Professor of Law (Advanced Commercial Law: Law of Electronic Commerce)

Advisory Panel

Molly Cain
Executive Director
Tech Wildcatters
Erin Nealy Cox '95
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas 
Steve Dietz
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Siemens PLM Software Inc., Digital Factory Division
Frederick Grinnell
Robert McLemore Professor of Medical Science
Department of Cell Biology
Ethics in Science and Medicine Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Herbert J. Hammond
Thompson & Knight LLP

Duncan MacFarlane
Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship
SMU Lyle School of Engineering
Molly Buck Richard
Founding Partner
Richard Law Group
Barton E. Showalter
Partner and Firmwide Chair of Intellectual Property
Baker Botts LLP
Frank Vecella
Associate General Counsel-Litigation
Ericsson Inc.
Jeremy Vickers
Executive Director
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Texas at Dallas
Jaime L. Walkowiak '05
Vice President of Research Operations and Business Development
Baylor Research Institute
The Honorable T. John Ward
Former U.S. District Judge
Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC
Jerry F. White
Adjunct Professor and Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship
SMU Cox School of Business
Jingbo Ye
Professor of Experimental Physics
SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Hubert Zajicek
Executive Director
Health Wildcatters

Tsai Scholars

The Center employs one or more outstanding law students to work closely with the Tsai Center faculty on programming and law faculty research.  These students serve as “Tsai Center Scholars.”

2015-2016 Tsai Center Scholars:  Alex Bridge, Kristen Zahnow

2016-2017 Tsai Center Scholars:  Michael Pomeroy, Josh Smith, Hao "Jimmy" Wu, Tiffany York 

2017-2018 Tsai Center Scholars:  Paul Abelkop, Aly Conwell, Daniel Dower, Tiffany York

2018-2019 Tsai Center Scholars: Paul Abelkop, Elizabeth Chung, Richard Cochrane, Jennifer Nguyen, Thomas Tassin (Special Projects)