Timothy Armstrong

Timothy K. Armstrong


Professor of Law

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Clifton Avenue & Calhoun Street
P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0040
Phone (513) 556-0171
Fax (513) 556-1236
Email timothy.armstrong@uc.edu

Professional Summary

A lawyer and technologist, Professor Armstrong studies the intersection of advanced communications technologies and intellectual property law. His research seeks to explain how changes in technology and changes in law mutually influence one another, and his classes at the College of Law offer students both a firm grounding in cutting-edge doctrinal and policy issues and a complementary set of legal and technological skills.

Professor Armstrong’s research has been cited by courts at all levels of the federal system. He has written on subjects including legal protection for computer programs, digital rights management technologies, copyright licensing and other issues surrounding open-source software and similar works, and administrative and regulatory issues. His scholarly publications have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, among others.

Professor Armstrong holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Law School. Before joining the College of Law faculty in 2006, he served as Assistant Director of the Clinical Program in Cyberlaw at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He also spent eleven years in private legal practice with a large law firm in Washington, DC. As a practicing attorney, Professor Armstrong specialized in Supreme Court and appellate litigation and handled both civil and criminal matters. The subject areas in which he practiced included administrative and regulatory law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, labor arbitration, and government contract disputes. He also represented a public official in a high-profile criminal investigation. He served as a member of his firm’s pro bono committee and represented indigent death row inmates in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, and also participated in several Supreme Court cases on behalf of organizations serving persons with disabilities. He served for one year as a law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Computer & Internet Law
  • Computer Programming for Legal Professionals
  • Copyright Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law Seminar
Selected Presentations
  • “Fair Use and Functional Works: Understanding Google v. Oracle America, 593 U.S. —, 141 S. Ct. 1183 (2021),” June 22, 2021, Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association.
  • “Developments in LegalTech,” at Advances in Legal Analytics, 2021 Corporate Law Symposium, March 12, 2021, University of Cincinnati College of Law (moderator).
  • “Limitations and Exceptions in International Copyright”, Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association, Dec. 13, 2019.
  • “Defining Social Media,” at Use of Social Media Search of Jurors Before, During, and After Trial, Oct. 26, 2018, Cincinnati Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, and University of Cincinnati College of Law Center for Practice.
  • “Incorporating Copyrighted Industry Standards Into Law,” at Intermeddlers or Innovators? States and Federal Copyright Law, Kentucky Law Journal Symposium, Oct. 22, 2018, University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law (discussant).


Bachelor of Arts: University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX, 1989

Master of Public Affairs: University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Austin, TX, 1993

Doctor of Jurisprudence: University of Texas School of Law Austin, TX, 1993

Master of Laws: Harvard Law School Cambridge, MA, 2005


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