David O. Taylor is a Professor of Law at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He also founded and serves as the Co-Director of the school’s Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation.
Professor Taylor earned his bachelor of science, magna cum laude, in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and his juris doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Professor Taylor worked as an applications engineer at National Instruments Corporation in Austin, Texas.
After graduating from law school, Professor Taylor clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Taylor also worked for seven years at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP in its Dallas office. While at Baker Botts, Professor Taylor engaged in patent litigation in various district courts and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His litigation experience includes both bench and jury trials. A registered patent attorney, he also gained significant experience in the fields of intellectual property licensing and patent prosecution.
Outside of his work at SMU, he serves as a consultant on Federal Circuit appeals, as a consulting and testifying expert in intellectual property (IP) and contract litigation in the United States and abroad, and as a Special Master in patent litigation in federal district court. He has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Institute for Law and Technology at the Center for American and International Law, the Patentable Subject Matter Task Force of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and as a member of the AIPLA's Legislation Committee. He has served as the Chair of both the Intellectual Property Law Section and the Computer Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. He is an Honorary Member of the Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court.
Outside of his work at the law school and the field of IP law, Professor Taylor has engaged in public service with diverse groups including Advocates for Community Transformation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.