Robert Gomulkiewicz

  • Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy
  • Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 616-4849
Email: bobgom@uw.edu

Education

B.A. 1983, magna cum laude, Pacific Lutheran University M.A. 1987, J.D. 1987, University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Trademark Law — Copyright Law — First Amendment — Licensing and Software Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 591 Constitutional Law: Freedom Of Expression
LAW P 501 Intellectual Property Law Core
LAW P 502 Trademark and Trade Secret Law
LAW P 510 Advanced Research and Writing Seminar
LAW P 547 Legal Protection of Computer Software
LAW P 577 Drafting Intellectual Property Licenses

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Robert W. Gomulkiewicz is the UW Foundation Professor of Law. He was the founding Director of the Intellectual Property Law & Policy Graduate Program and serves as Faculty Advisor for the Washington Law Review.

His publications include both a treatise and a casebook on intellectual property licensing, a casebook on legal protection for software, and numerous articles on software licensing and open source software. In 2018 he was a Herchel Smith Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, in 2014 a Senior Engelberg Fellow at New York University School of Law, and in 2008-09 a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford.

Prior to joining the faculty, he was an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft where he led the group of lawyers providing legal counsel for development of Microsoft's major systems software, desktop applications, and developer tools software (including Windows and Office). He also served as Chair of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) working group of the Business Software Alliance. He joined Microsoft from the law firm of Preston, Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he represented developers and users of software and information products. While at Preston, Gates & Ellis, he worked on the Apple v. Microsoft case.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Xuan-Thao Nguyen & Danielle M. Conway, Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application (4th ed. Aspen 2018) (Aspen Casebook Series) 924 pages.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Software Law and Its Application (2d ed. Aspen Publishers 2018) (Aspen Select Series). 630 pages.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Xuan-Thao Nguyen & Danielle M. Conway, Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application (3d ed. Aspen 2014) (Aspen Casebook Series) 815 pages.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Software Law and Its Application (Aspen Publishers 2014) (Aspen Casebook Series). 578 pages.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Xuan-Thao Nguyen & Danielle M. Conway, Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application (2d ed. Aspen Publishers 2011) (Aspen Casebook Series). 700 pages.
  • Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen, Robert W. Gomulkiewicz & Danielle Conway-Jones, Intellectual Property, Software, and Information Licensing: Law and Practice (Bureau of National Affairs 2006 & annual cum. supps.). 1536 pages.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz et al., Licensing Intellectual Property: Law and Application (Aspen Publishers 2008). 609 pages.

Book Chapters

  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Clarifications and Complications in Enforcing Open Source Software Licenses, in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Licensing 76-98 (Jacques de Werre ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2013).

Professional Publications

  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, In Person, 4 J. Intell. Prop. L. & Prac. 72 (2009).
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, After 30 Years, Debate Over Software Protection Is Still Noisy: Do Current Laws Protect Too Little or Too Much, Nat. L. J., May 12, 2003, at S10-11.
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz & William H. Neukom, Licensing Rights to Computer Software, in Technology Licensing and Litigation 775 (Practicing Law Institute 1993) (PLI Patent, Copyright, Trademark & Literary Prop., Course Handbook Ser. No. 354).
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Defensas Contra Reclamos por Infraccion a los Derechos de Autor Relacionados con Software, 32 DAT: Derecho De La Alta Tecnologia 1 (April 1991)(with Martin F. Smith & Cynthia M. Hayward).
  • Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, Research and Development and High Technology Joint Ventures, Joint Venturing Abroad (Wash. St.  Bar 1988) (with Martin F. Smith).
  • Speaker, "Copyright Licensing for Revolutionaries", Intellectual Property Seminar Series, University of Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (October 25, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Is the License Still the Product?", Shefelman Faculty Colloquium, University of Washington School of Law (January 25, 2018)

  • Panelist, "Recent Developments in Washington State", First Annual Law and Religion Symposium, University of Washington School of Law (October 13, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Is the License Still the Product?", Pacific Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, (September 30, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property Licensing Models After Impression Products v. Lexmark", 2017 CASRIP Innovation Policy Summer Institute, University of Washington School of Law (July 10, 2017)

  • Panelist, "Consumer Messaging in Connection with Online Transactions Involving Copyrighted Works", U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (April 18, 2017)

  • Moderator, "Alternative Frameworks/Open Source Software", The Art and Science of the IP Deal, University of Washington School of Law (April 8, 2017)

  • Panelist, "The Values and Ethics of Deals", The Art and Science of the IP Deal, University of Washington School of Law (April 7, 2017)

  • Speaker, "Reasons for Reasonable Covenants-Not-To-Compete", Intellectual Property Law Section, King County Bar Association (December 1, 2016)

  • Speaker, "Trade Secrets and Hi Tech Start Ups", Washington Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee (“Sunshine Committee”) (October 25, 2016)

  • Panelist, "Constitutional Implications of Managing Urban Activities: Protests, Civil Disobedience, Homelessness—Where Is the Line Between Constitutional Rights and Criminal Activity?", Addressing Seattle's Urban Efficacy Principles, Seattle University Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, Department of Criminal Justice (May 6, 2016)

  • Speaker, "The Non-Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements in the Technology Sector--Comparing the Silicon Valley and Silicon Sound Experiences", 20th Annual Business Law Forum, Lewis & Clark Law School (September 11, 2015)

  • Speaker, "IP in the Cloud: The Use of the Cloud by Universities", National Association of College & University Attorneys (July 1, 2015)

  • Speaker, "Leaky Covenants-Not-to-Compete as the Legal Infrastructure for Innovation", Pacific Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, (February 16, 2015)

  • Speaker, "The Business of Innovation", Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law (November 18, 2014)