Timothy T. Hsieh
Legislation & Regulation
The Law of Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs & Web 3.0
Sports & Entertainment Law
Artificial Intelligence & the Law
LL.M. (Law & Technology – IP), University of California Berkeley School of Law
J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law
M.S. Engr., Electrical Engineering, University of California Los Angeles
B.S., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of California Berkeley
Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-1:00pm and 2:00-2:45pm and by appointment
Timothy T. Hsieh (pronounced “Shay”) joined the faculty of the Oklahoma City University School of Law in the Fall of 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Law, where he focuses his research, teaching and scholarship in the areas of Intellectual Property (“IP”) as well as Law & Technology, particularly in Patent Law, Antitrust Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Trade Secret Law, hybrids between all of those IP forms, Computer, Internet & Social Media Law, Information Technology & Privacy Law, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) Law, Law & Literature/Film, Entertainment & Sports Law, and Asian American Legal Studies.
In 2015-2016 & 2018 he was named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, an accolade given to only 2.5% of California attorneys, and practiced patent & trademark prosecution as well as patent, IP, antitrust, technology & complex civil litigation at top Am Law 100 law firms such as Greenberg Traurig, Foley Lardner, and Seyfarth Shaw, as well as at IP boutiques such as MacPherson, Kwok, Chen & Heid (now the California offices of Haynes & Boone) and Loza & Loza LLP, where he was a Non-Equity Partner. He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Roy S. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and to the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and was additionally a pro bono law clerk or judicial law fellow to the Honorable Michael A. Shipp of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
As a GS-13 “Business Methods” Assistant Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”), he dealt frequently with complex patent subject-matter eligibility issues under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as well as cutting-edge FinTech advancements involving blockchain, cryptocurrencies & AI. At the USPTO, he furthermore detailed as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jameson Lee, Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent and Trial Appeal Board, where he worked primarily on Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) cases. He was also elected as the 21st Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society – the first Asian American Editor-in-Chief in the publication’s century-plus history – acted as Chair of the Society’s Legislative Committee, and was two-time Vice President-Elect, Secretary, as well as Technology Center 3600 Representative of the USPTO’s Asian Pacific American Network (“APANET”), the U.S. federal government’s largest affinity group. Moreover, he was an elected USPTO Counselor on the 2019-2020 Board of the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court, a nominated member of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, and is part of the American Inns of Court Pegasus Scholars Placement Committee as well as the Hastings Law Journal Alumni Board.
In addition, Professor Hsieh holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley, a M.S. Engr. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, and obtained his Juris Doctor or J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law (now known as University of California College of the Law, San Francisco or “UC Law SF”), where he was a Technology Editor and a Staff Editor on the law school’s flagship law review, the Hastings Law Journal, and further competed in the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition and the John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, garnering Best Brief honors in the latter.
Professor Hsieh also acquired a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree – with a Law & Technology (IP) certificate focus – from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, consistently ranked the top #1 U.S. law school in IP by the U.S. News and World Reports law school rankings, where he was elected into the Dean’s Circle, received “High Honors” (the highest achievable grade or an A+ equivalent) in Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Administrative Law & Antitrust Law, and worked as an Articles Editor on the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the most cited technology law journal in the nation. He was also a Senior Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Law, where his Research Advisor was Professor Daniel Farber.
His award-winning writing has also been published in the Mississippi Law Journal, the Texas IP Law Journal, IDEA: The IP Law Review; the Fordham IP, Media & Entertainment Law Journal; the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts; the NYU Journal of IP & Entertainment Law; New Matter: the CA State Bar IP Section’s Official Quarterly Magazine; Aspen Book Publishers; IEEE Potentials; various legal blogs including “Trading Secrets”, and the John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, and also garnered accolades including Grand Prizes in the Foley & Lardner and inaugural IDEA IP Writing Competitions. Under his pen name of “Timothy Tau”, he has also written award-winning short fiction and directed as well as produced accolade-earning short films, and has additionally taught “Introduction to Screenwriting” at The Writer’s Center, an independent literary institution based in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.
Finally, Professor Hsieh is deeply involved with the local Oklahoma City community, and is a formally inducted Master member of all three local American Inns of Court: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court, The William J. Holloway American Inn of Court, and The Robert J. Turner American Inn of Court. He is currently in the process of co-founding the Valerie K. Couch American Inn of Court, a Specialty Inn championing diversity and younger attorneys that will be focused on IP, Antitrust, Technology, Entertainment & Sports Law. Additionally, he is the founder of the Oklahoma Asian American Bar Association (“OKAABA”), the Faculty Advisor that helped establish Oklahoma City University School of Law’s very first Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (“APALSA”), and will be launching the Oklahoma Asian American Film Festival (“OKAAFF”), the very first film festival of its kind in the state.Publications