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Murphy, Tim

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

3154 Jeffries Hall
734.764.4453
E-mail temurphy@umich.edu

Tim Murphy is currently a clinical assistant professor of law and teaches in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. Tim specializes in intellectual property and business law and in particular, IP and contracts issues. He is licensed in the state and Federal courts in Idaho, Oregon, and California.  Prior to joining the Law School, Tim directed the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at the University of Idaho College of Law for two years.  In addition to his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, Tim holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Boise State University.  Tim has been teaching classes in intellectual property, internet law, and contracts skills since 2015. 

Before entering academia, Tim was Senior Patent and Trademark Counsel at Micron Technology, Inc. His responsibilities at Micron included managing a portion of Micron's patent and non-patent IP portfolios. Additionally, Tim was responsible for collaborating with other legal and non-legal professionals in addressing Micron brand-related issues, such as maintaining the legal portions of Micron's websites. Tim also spent many years at Micron doing intellectual property licensing in support of Micron's M&A, joint venture, and joint development programs, in addition to supporting day-to-day business operations. 

Tim maintains an active pro bono docket, both providing pro bono representation and participating in pro bono-focused community organizations. Tim's pro bono work includes representation in several areas of the law, such as intellectual property, child protection, family law, civil rights, and small business issues.

Prior to joining the Micron legal team, Tim practiced as a patent attorney/agent for several years in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. Before attending the University of Michigan Law School, Tim held various positions with multiple companies, including R&D engineer, manufacturing engineer, equipment technician, hydroelectric plant operator, and diesel truck mechanic. Tim also served six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear reactor plant mechanic and, as a crew member on board the U.S.S. South Carolina, participated in Operation Desert Storm.

Recent Publications


"An Instance of Open Hardware: A Different Approach to Free and Open Source Hardware Licensing." Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 30, no. 4 (2020): 1045-109.
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