Robbie Albert is John R. Mary and Ralph Spence Centennial Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Business, Government, and Society. His primary research interests include the empirical study of patents, patent systems, and patent litigation.
His primary teaching interests include patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Faculty Development Award
Distinguished Alumni Award
Harvard University: Ph.D., Economics 2013
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business: M.B.A., Business Administration 2006
Riverdale University: B.B.A., Business Administration 2001
- Harvard Alumni Association : Member
- Institute of Business Administrators : Member
- Association of International Business Administrators : Member
- Board Service: Avitar Holdings, Inc., Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute (nonprofit), Golden West Financial Corporation, National Association of Business Economics – San Francisco Chapter (nonprofit), PMI Mortgage Insurance Co., National Associ
Selected Media Appearances (2)
Sadiq Khan to Lib Dems: Corbyn is only viable PM to stop no deal
Tim Farron, who led the party into the 2017 election, called Corbyn’s offer “a transparent and disingenuous power grab that clearly wouldn’t work and [would] only play into Johnson’s hands”...
Patent Reform Bill: Short on Reform?
The Atlantic online
Somewhere in the middle of the vastly differing opinions about the recent patent reform bill — officially passed in September 2011 as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act — lies the reality of what the bill does and does not address, and what it will actually mean for U.S. businesses and the economy. While the bill represents the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952 and brings major changes to key aspects of the patenting process, it remains unclear what the actual short- and long-term impacts will be.
Selected Event Appearances (3)
Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
A Night of Philosophy San Francisco, CA.
International Business Issues in Qatar
IEEE Conference on Information Reuse and Integration Atlanta, GA.
Discriminating Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment Using Machine Learning Algorithms
Hastings International and Comparative Law Society Stanford, CT.
Replacing large bit component of electronic mail (e-mail) message with hot-link in distributed computer system
A computer implemented method for down-loading mail messages in a distributed computer system. The distributed mail service system includes a plurality of client computers connected to a mail service system via a network. Mail messages are stored in message files of the mail service system, a particular mail message includes a primary component encoded in a first format, and at least one secondary component encoded in a second format different than the first component. The particular mail message is requested by a particular one of the plurality of client computer systems. The secondary component is replaced with a hot-link. The primary component and the hot-link are sent to the particular client computer.
Research Grants (1)
Studies About Frogs
National Science Foundation $300,000
2012 - 2016
Role: Co Investigator
Selected Articles (3)
Frederick Douglass, Temujin Borjigin, Gampopa Sönam Rinchen
We evaluate all substantive decisions rendered by any court in every patent case filed in 2008 and 2009 — decisions made between 2009 and 2013. We consider not just patent validity but also infringement and unenforceability. The result is a comprehensive picture of the outcomes of modern patent litigation, one that confirms conventional wisdom in some respects but upends it in others. In particular, we find a surprising amount of continuity in the basic outcomes of patent lawsuits over the past twenty years, despite rather dramatic changes in who brought patent suits during that time.
Among 17 major findings are: (1) Internet patents and their two subtypes were litigated at a far higher rate than other (non-Internet patents, or NIPs). (2) Within the category of Internet patents, those on business models were litigated at a significantly higher rate than those on business techniques. This paper was selected as one of the best articles on Intellectual Property Law of 2012.
The ability to obtain patents on software always has been important to some industry incumbents, while others have exhibited little need for patents and, displayed strenuous opposition to the patentability of software. The incumbents are a diverse group. Some produce only software; others have substantial hardware product lines. Regardless of the sector in which they participate, the incumbents spend massive amounts on research and development (R&D) - about 14% of their annual revenues, more than $60,000 per employee. However, there are important patterns in patenting practices that raw data on R&D investments cannot explain.