Tsai Events



Friday, September 21, 2018

SMU Dedman School of Law, Hillcrest Classroom 
6550 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Symposium: 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.*
Luncheon and Keynote Address 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Reception 3:15 p.m. -4:15 p.m.

*5.5 hours CLE pending


Symposium Agenda

A one-day symposium exploring the latest news, legal developments, and judicial decisions, including panels on: 
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • The Dallas Innovation Ecosystem
Keynote Speakers:

Featured Speakers: 

  • Yoon Chae, Associate, Baker & McKenzie, LLP
  • Daniel Creekmore, ASAI, VizLab ManagerSr. AssociatePerkins+WillInc.

  • Cole Davis ‘13Attorney and Entrepreneur

  • Tonya M. Evans, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law

  • Natalie Gonzales, Senior Associate, Baker Botts, LLP

  • Michael D. Karson, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP

  • Tom Kulik, Partner, IP & Information Technology Partner, Scheef & Stone, LLP

  • Dr. Ryan McMahan, Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas

  • Mark Methenitis, Principal Corporate Counsel, T-Mobile/metroPCS

  • Brandi Parker, Attorney, Microsoft Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs

  • W. Keith Robinson, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law 

  • Hope Shimabuku, Director of the USPTO Texas Regional Office

  • Chris Storm, Legal Director, Emerging Technologies, Uber

  • David O. Taylor, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

  • Kumar VinnakotaPartner, Janik Vinnakota LLP

  • Peter K. Yu, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property; Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University School of Law



Spring 2018 Past Events
January 18th, 2018 Technology, Innovation and Law: Designing Legal Apps Student Showcase
February 16, 2018: Bitcoin: Business Opportunities and Regulatory Risk Panel Discussion


  • 3/1/18 Tsai Talk:  Is That Fair (Use)? Third Party Trademarks in Film, Print, Video Games and other Media
    The Bennett Firm
  • 1/25/18 Tsai Talk: A Discussion of Privacy Regulation and Cybersecurity
       Jim Elliott, Assistant Regional Director, Southwest Region, Federal Trade Commission
       Richard "Jay" Johnson, Partner, Jones Day
  • 11/02/17 Tsai Talk: Advice for Practicing Technology Law In-House
    Irwin Barnes, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments (ret.)
  • 10/26/17 Tsai Talk: Technology and Data Protection in the Aviation Industry
       Donald Broadfield, Jr., Chief Intellectual Property & Data Counsel, American Airlines, Inc. 

       Michael Henry '12, Principal, Henry Patent Law Firm  


Each year the Tsai Center organizes and holds various conferences and symposia directed to the intersection of law, science, and innovation.  In addition, the Tsai Center welcomes various groups holding their own conferences at the SMU Dedman School of Law. 

Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues

For the last fourteen years, the SMU Dedman School of Law has held an annual “Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues.” On September 29th, 2017, the Symposium addressed "The Value of Intellectual Property".  6 hours of CLE credit. Registration included breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. 

View the complete schedule and featured spearkers
Annual SMU Science and Technology Law Review Symposium
Save the Date: April 9, 2018 "Cypo Currency Collateralization"

The SMU Science and Technology Law Review also holds an annual symposium addressing a hot topic in the field of law and technology.  In 2014, the symposium addressed the law of social media.  2015's symposium focused on cyber security.  In 2016, the SMU Science and Technology Law Review co-hosted a Food Law Forum with Strasburger & Price, LLP and Michigan State University.  Please email TsaiCenter@smu.edu for more information on the 2018 Symposium. 

Other Conferences and Symposia

The Tsai Center also welcomes outside groups wishing to hold their own conferences at the law school.  These groups have included the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has held multiple events at the law school, and the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), which held an Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit at the law school in the summer of 2015.  Another recent example of a conference held at the law school is the Food Law Forum held in the spring of 2015 and a forum on the Patent Prosecution Highway in 2016. The Tsai Center was proud to co-sponsor a panel discussion on cyber security, liberty, and privacy in February 2017 with the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. 



The “Leadership Lecture Series” will contribute to the Tsai Center’s mission by bringing thought-provoking and dynamic speakers to the law school, serving as a platform for faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners to engage with distinguished leaders in the area of law, science, and innovation. The inaugural Leadership Lecture in October 2016 was given by the Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals in patent infringement litigation.