Timothy Armstrong

Timothy K. Armstrong

Professor of Law

College of Law Building


Law College of Law - 0040

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Clifton Avenue & Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0040

Professional Summary

Advice for students on IP course selection

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 also 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.

Courses Taught

  • Computer & Internet Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law Seminar
  • Introduction to Law 


Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin

MPAff., University of Texas at Austin

JD, University of Texas at Austin

LLM, Harvard Law School

Research and Practice Interests

  • Computer and Internet Law
  • Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyright)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Timothy K. Armstrong (2008. )Fair Circumvention .Brooklyn Law Review, ,74 ,1

Timothy K. Armstrong (2006. )Digital Rights Management and the Process of Fair Use .Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, ,20 ,49

Timothy K. Armstrong (2004. )Chevron Deference and Agency Self-Interest .Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, ,13 ,203

Timothy K. Armstrong (2016. )Dueling Monologues on the Public Domain: What Digital Copyright Can Learn from Antitrust .University of Cincinnati Intellectual Property and Computer Law Journal, ,1 (1 ),1

Other Publications

Timothy K. Armstrong (2010. )Crowdsourcing and Open Access: Collaborative Techniques for Disseminating Legal Materials and Scholarship .Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, 26 ,591

Timothy K. Armstrong (2010. )Shrinking the Commons: Termination of Copyright Licenses and Transfers for the Benefit of the Public .Harvard Journal on Legislation , 47 ,359

Additional Publications

Contact Information

Academic - University of Cincinnati College of Law
Clifton Avenue & Calhoun Street
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221-0040
Phone: (513) 556-0171
Fax: (513) 556-1236