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Robert E Thomas

Darden Restaurants Professor

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(352) 392-0136

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Robert Thomas is Associate Professor of Business Law and Technology, and Huber Hurst Fellow in the Warrington College of Business Management Department at the University of Florida and Invited Professor at the Institut D’Administration Des Entreprises D’Aix-en-Provence, France. He is an expert in the areas of, intellectual property, technology law and negotiation and has published multiple articles in these areas. He teaches intellectual property, e-commerce law, technology law, business law and negotiation courses in the Warrington graduate programs. His courses are typically among the most popular elective offerings in the UF MBA curriculum, and he has received awards for excellence in teaching and research. Prior to his University of Florida appointment, Professor Thomas held dual faculty appointments in the University of Michigan Department of Economics and the University of Michigan Business School.

Professor Thomas has lectured throughout the United States and Western Europe. In 1998 and 1999 Professor Thomas was, respectively, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and the Whitney Young Visiting Professorship of Legal Studies at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research examines current attempts to reform patent law. His analysis is multi-disciplinary employing tools from law, economics and institutional political theory.

Professor Thomas graduated from Princeton University with honors in economics. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.


  • PhD - Economics, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, 1989
  • JD - Law, Stanford University, 1982
  • AB - Economics, Princeton University, 1979

Research Interests

  • Intellectual property policy
  • Patent Law Reform
  • Managing Technology Innovation
  • E-Commerce Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Balancing Innovation Incentives with Access

Courses Taught

Book Chapter Publications

  • Coalition Formation and Battles to Effect Intellectual Property Policy Change in the Age of ACTA, AIA, and the SHIELD Act
    Published Year: 2013
    Authors: Daniel Cahoy, Linda Oswald, Robert Thomas
  • Unifying the International Law of Business Method and Software Patents
    Published Year: 2009
    Authors: Robert Thomas

Journal Article Publications

Contact Details

Business Address:
University of Florida
Warrington College of Business
Management Department
Stuzin Hall 201

Business Phone:
(352) 392-0136

Business Email