Robert W. Gomulkiewicz is the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. He serves as Faculty Director of the Intellectual Property Law & Policy Graduate Program and the Faculty Advisor for the Washington Law Review and Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts.
Professor Gomulkiewicz's scholarship focuses on intellectual property licensing and legal protection for software. His publications include a casebook on legal protection for software, both a treatise and a casebook on licensing law, as well as numerous articles on mass market licensing and open source software. He is also the author of the Simple Public License (SimPL) which is a plain language rendering of the venerable GNU General Public License. In 2008-09 he was a visiting scholar at Oxford University's Intellectual Property Research Centre and in 2014 he was a Senior Engelberg Fellow at New York University School of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, he was Associate General Counsel at Microsoft where he led the group of lawyers providing legal counsel for development of Microsoft's major systems software, desktop applications, and developer tools software (including Windows and Office). He also served as chair of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) working group of the Business Software Alliance. He joined Microsoft from the law firm of Preston, Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where he represented developers and users of software and information products. While at Preston, Gates & Ellis, he worked on the Apple v. Microsoft case.