Timothy K. Armstrong
Professor of Law
BA, University of Texas at Austin
MPAff., University of Texas at Austin
JD, University of Texas at Austin
LLM, Harvard Law School
Areas of Interest
- Computer and Internet Law
- Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyright)
Professor Armstrong’s teaching and research interests focus on copyright and other intellectual property law, digital rights management and other legal issues arising from networked communications technologies, licensing and other issues surrounding free and open-source software, and statutory interpretation. He is the co-author of Info/Law, a weblog focusing on legal issues arising from the domain of high technology and the Internet, along with Professor William McGeveran of the University of Minnesota Law School and Professors Derek and Jane Bambauer of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Before joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Armstrong worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. In that capacity, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkman Center's Clinical Program in Cyberlaw and co-taught the course "Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control," at the Harvard Extension School.
During his career in private practice with Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White in Washington, D.C., Professor Armstrong specialized in Supreme Court and appellate litigation and was an active member of the firm's pro bono committee. During the Monica Lewinsky investigation in 1998, he defended the Office of the President of the United States in executive and attorney-client privilege litigation arising from the Independent Counsel's issuance of grand jury subpoenas to attorneys in the White House Counsel's Office.
Professor Armstrong's other primary areas of experience in practice included administrative law, antitrust law and trade regulatory issues, labor arbitration, and government contract disputes. He also represented indigent death row inmates in Virginia and Georgia in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, and participated in several Supreme Court cases on behalf of organizations serving persons with disabilities.
Professor Armstrong earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and his law degree, with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. There he was Managing Editor of the Texas International Law Journal and a member of the Chancellors honorary society. He served for one year as a law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He earned a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
Articles, Essays & Book Reviews
- Crowdsourcing and Open Access: Collaborative Techniques for Disseminating Legal Materials and Scholarship, 26 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 591 (2010)
- Shrinking the Commons: Termination of Copyright Licenses and Transfers for the Benefit of the Public, 47 Harv. J. on Legis. 359 (2010)
- Fair Circumvention, 74 Brook. L. Rev. 1 (2008)
- Digital Rights Management and the Process of Fair Use, 20 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 49 (2006)
- Chevron Deference and Agency Self-Interest, 13 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 203 (2004)
- Dueling Monologues on the Public Domain: What Digital Copyright Can Learn from Antitrust, 1 U. Cin. Intell. Prop. & Computer L.J. 1 (2016)
- Two Comparative Perspectives on Copyright's Past and Future in the Digital Age (book review), 15 John Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. — (2016, forthcoming).
- Computer & Internet Law
- Introduction to Intellectual Property
- International Intellectual Property
- Introduction to Law