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.