W. Keith Robinson
"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."
Areas of Expertise
- Patent Law
- Intellectual Property
- Law and Technology
J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law
Intellectual Property & Business Organizations
Technology, Innovation and Law—Designing Legal Apps
Using Interactive Inventions, __ DePaul Law Review __ (forthcoming 2019).
Emerging Technologies Challenging Current Legal Paradigms, 19 Minn. J. of Law, Sci. & Tech. 355 (2018) (with Joshua T. Smith)
Trade Secrets, Safe Harbors, and International Trade, 20 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 177 (2017).
Patent Assertion Entities, Reasonable Royalties, and a Restitution Perspective, 36 Rev. Litig. Brief 46 (2016).
Awarding Attorney Fees and Deterring “Patent Trolls”, 20 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 281 (2016).
Economic Theory, Divided Infringement and Enforcing Interactive Patents, 67 Florida L. Rev. 1961 (2016).
Only a Pawn in the Game: Rethinking Induced Patent Infringement, 32 Santa Clara H. Tech. L. J. 1 (Lead article) (2015).
Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law‑A 2014 Retrospective, 31 Santa Clara H. Tech. L. J. 527 (2015) (with David O. Taylor).
Patent Law Challenges for the Internet of Things, 15 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. L. 655 (2015) (invited symposium contribution).
Protecting America’s Innovators - Combating the Decline of Patents Granted to Small Entities, 88 St. John’s L. Rev. 379 (2014).
A Case Study of Federal Circuit Policy Making, 66 SMU L. Rev. 579 (2013).
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 (Lead Article) (2010).
Current and Potential Methods to Undermine a Competitor's U.S. Patent Application, 81 Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal 770, (2011) (with M. Aamir Haq).
Invited Panelist, Access to the Patent System, 4TH NATIONAL PEOPLE OF COLOR LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (March 23, 2019).
Speaker, Using Interactive Inventions, WORKS IN PROGRESS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONFERENCE, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX (February 8, 2019).
Invited Panelist, Used Inventions, Fourth Annual TEXAS A&M INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SCHOLARS ROUNDTABLE, Texas A&M Law School, Fort Worth, TX (October 5-6, 2018).
Invited Speaker, Emerging Technologies Challenging Current Legal Paradigms, Faculty Development Talk, Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC (March 29, 2018).
Presenter, Register Right: The ABCs of Protecting Your IP, SXSW Startup & Tech Sectors Track, Austin, TX (March 13, 2018)
Invited Panelist, The Legal Landscape of the Internet of Things, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology Symposium, Minneapolis, MN (March 2, 2018).
Invited Panelist, Strategies and Support for Persons of Color in New Law Teaching, 2018 AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (January 4, 2018).
Presenter, Emerging Technologies Challenging Current Legal Paradigms, International Conference on New Paradigms in Law, National Chengchi University College of Law, Taiwan (December 4-5, 2017).
Presenter, Patent Quality and Claim Clarity, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (August 11, 2017).
Presenter, Access to the Patent System, Race + IP, Boston College, Boston, MA (April 21, 2017).
Presenter, Process and Product Patents: New Data & Results, PatCon 7, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL (April 7, 2017).
Presenter, Patent Quality and Patent Enforcement, Junior Intellectual Property Scholars Association Semi-Annual Workshop, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (January 21, 2017).
Invited Speaker, Trade Secrets, Safe Harbors, and International Trade, Intellectual Property Transpacific Conference, Vietnam National University, University of Economics and Law, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (December 7, 2016).
Moderator, Are Patent Agents Privileged: In re Queen University (Fed. Cir. 2016) v. In re Silver (2016) 54th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Plano, TX (November 15, 2016).
Invited Speaker, Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law, 24th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (October 28, 2016).
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Social Justice, 13th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (September 30, 2016).
Invited Commentator, A Restitution Perspective on Reasonable Royalties, The Conference on Patent Damages, The University of Texas Law School, Austin, TX (June 9-10, 2016)
Commentator, Dividing the Spoils: Fair Division and Intellectual Property Law,
PatCon 6, Boston College Law School, Newton Centre, MA (April 8, 2016).
Commentator, Inaugural Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Texas A&M Law School, Fort Worth, TX (October 9-10, 2015).
Profile of an App created by students in my Designing Legal Apps course
My interview of John Carmack, CTO of Oculus VR:
2018 Designing Legal Apps Showcase:
Press about my Designing Legal Apps Class:
SMU Law Students Create Apps to Help Legal Aid Lawyers
Students Conceptualize Legal Aid Apps in New Law School Class
The War on Induced Infringement Patent Trolls, Poachers and the Wild District of Eastern Texas
Corraling Patent Trolls in East Texas
Process and Product Patents: New Data and Results
Independent patent claims provide a detailed description of the invention protected by the patent. Generally, each independent claim in a patent may be one of three types: a process claim (claiming a method or a process), a product claim (claiming a machine, manufacture or product), or a product-by-process claim (claiming a product by the method used to manufacture the product). Patents typically comprise more than one independent claim—often of different types. The relative shares of the different types of independent claims thus provides an indicator of the type of invention or innovation that is protected by the patent: predominantly a process or predominantly a product.
In this paper, we use natural language processing tools to categorize claims in USPTO patents (from 1976 through 2015) as either process claims, product claims, or product-by-process claims. We follow patent drafting rules and conventions to develop software that algorithmically identifies a patent claim as belonging to one of these categories. To assess the precision of our approach, we have constructed a golden-standard sample with close to 10,000 independent
patent claims that were manually categorized by individuals on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
We provide data both at the claims level and at the patent level. Using data at the claims level, we document and describe the composition of patents (with respect to the shares of process and product claims) over time and across different technology classes and industries. At the patent level, we document and describe the distribution of patents (i.e., comprising predominantly process claims vs. product claims) for different industries and firms over time and across technology classes.
Judicial Patent Enforcement
Patent stakeholders focus a great deal of attention, time, and effort on challenges related to patent acquisition. This focus is evidenced by the popularity of yearly patent statistics lauding companies that have acquired the most patents that year in emerging technology areas. This paper argues that we should devote more attention to how the patent system is enforcing emerging technology patents. Specifically, how the Federal Circuit has expanded the circumstances in which an interactive patent can be infringed. I suggest that pointing our lens in that direction may contribute more to our understanding of the patent system then counting granted patents.