Thomas C. Folsom, JD

Senior Lecturer


Professor Thomas Folsom earned a B.S. (concentration in Far Eastern Area Studies) from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, with post-graduate work towards the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John's College. He has studied Chinese and Greek, and has dabbled in Arabic. He lived for two years in China (Taiwan, ROC). In the Air Force and with the National Security Agency, Folsom worked in the fields of cryptology and cryptanalysis, including computer-assisted code making and code breaking.

Folsom held federal appellate and trial court judicial clerkships with Judge Kunzig at the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. (one of the predecessor courts to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) and with Judge Finesilver at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He's also been partner in two law firms: Davis, Graham & Stubbs, in Denver, Colorado; and Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, in Boulder, Colorado (this firm subsequently joined Faegre & Benson, which in turn later merged to create Faegre Baker Daniels, with lawyers and consultants in the U.S., Europe, and Asia).

His practice experience was primarily in issuer-side corporate finance and venture capital, acquirer-side mergers & acquisitions, and inventor/proprietor/author-side intellectual property, representing clients in the oil and gas, ski resort, herbal tea, commercial real estate, and tech industries. He's also done trial work and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Between or during times in the private practice of law, he has taught law at the University of Colorado School of Law (adjunct), University of Denver School of Law (lecturer, adjunct, and visiting professor), Gonzaga Law School (summer visiting professor), University of North Dakota (Assistant and Associate Professor), and Regent University (associate professor and professor). He gave up his partnership and committed to academia in 2002.


2010 Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence in scholarship.

2009 First Place, Ladas Memorial Award for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks, profes- sional category, for “Space Pirates, Hitchhikers, Guides, and the Public Interest: Transformational Trademark Law in Cyberspace”—awarded by the International Trademark Association.

2007 Third Place, Ladas Memorial Award Competition for “Defining Cyberspace (Finding Real Vir- tue in the Place of Virtual Reality)”—awarded by the International Trademark Association.

2005 Professor of the Year (3L), Awarded by the Regent University School of Law, Student Bar.


Published Articles:

Many are available on the Social Science Research Network at: http://ssrn.com/author=519369

"Racing the Genie: Implementing the Solution to Focal Point Abuses and Trademark Conflicts in Cyberspace—New Law for Coded Technology," 43 McGeorge Law Review 815 (2012).

"Minority Report: Real Patent Reform, Maybe Later—the America Invents Act and the Quasi-Recodification Solution," 6 Akron Intellecutal Property Journal 179 (2012) (symposium issue).

"Finding Superman (Poisoned Flowers in Cyberspace, Pt. 1): Resolving Focal Point Offenses and Trademark Conflicts on the Internet and in Cyberspace by Rewriting Code," 43 McGeorge Law Review 199 (2011).

"Toward Non-Neutral First Principles of Private Law: Designing Secondary Liability Rules for New Technological Uses," 3 Akron Intellectual Property Journal 43 (2009) (symposium issue).

"Evaluating Supernatural Law: An Inquiry into the Health of Nations (The Restatement of the Obvious, Part II)," 21 Regent Law Review 105 (2009) (solicited article).

"Space Pirates, Hitchhikers, Guides, and the Public Interest: Transformational Trademark Law in Cyberspace," 60 Rutgers Law Review 825 (2008). Reprinted in 99 Trademark Reporter 1166 (2009).

"Truth in Intellectual Property Revisited: Embracing eBay at the Edge," 2 Akron Intellectual Property Journal 69 (2008) (symposium issue).

"Missing the Mark in Cyberspace: Misapplying Trademark Law to Invisible and Attenuated Uses," 33 Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal 137 (2007).

"Defining Cyberspace (Finding Real Virtue in the Place of Virtual Reality)," 9 Tulane Technology & IP Law Journal 75 (2007).

"The Restatement of the Obvious: What’s Right Got to Do with It," 16 Regent Law Review 301 (2004) (solicited article).

"Reconsidering the Reliance Rules: The Restatement of Contracts and Promissory Estoppel," 66 North Dakota Law Review 317 (1990).


Member, Partner Compensation Committee, Chrisman, Bynam & Johnson

President, (elected, three term) Faculty Senate, participating in University strategic planning, budgeting, tenure policy review, workload policy review, and self governance policy review, and attending regular Academic Council and President’s Cabinet meetings.

Co-Director/Law School Liaison, Oxford Study Abroad program.

Other Memberships:

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property (ABA–IP)

Virginia State Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property (VSB–IP).

(These are representative memberships; some are lapsed, and others have lapsed from time to time).

Meet Our Faculty

John Ashcroft, JD

Distinguished Professor of Law and Government

James M. Boland, JD

Associate Professor

Director, Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Program

757.352.4632 jboland@regent.edu
Jeffrey A. Brauch, JD

Director, LL.M. Programs

Executive Director, Center for Global Justice, Human Rights & the Rule of Law


757.352.4040 jbrauch@regent.edu
Bruce N. Cameron, JD

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law

757.352.4522 bcameron@regent.edu
Douglas H. Cook, JD

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


757.352.4331 dougcoo@regent.edu
James J. Duane, JD

Director, Center for Advocacy


757.352.4336 jamedua@regent.edu
Natt Gantt II, JD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4734 nattgan@regent.edu
Harry G. Hutchison, J.D., PGCE

Distinguished Professor

Janis L. Kirkland, JD

Director, M.A. Wealth Management & Financial Planning Concentration

Acting & Assistant Director, JD Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Program

Principal Lecturer

757.352.4334 janikir@regent.edu
Lynne Marie Kohm, JD

Professor; John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

757.352.4335 lynnkoh@regent.edu
Benjamin V. Madison, III, JD

Director, Bar Passage Initiatives

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4586 benjmad@regent.edu
William "Bill" Magee, JD, MSLS

Law Library Assistant Director for Public Services

Kathleen A. McKee, LL.M.

Associate Professor

Director of Experiential Learning

757.352.4639 kathmck@regent.edu
James E. Murphy, JD

Director, M.A. in Law Program

Manager, Business Affairs


757.352.4724 jamemur@regent.edu
Michael P. Schutt, JD

Associate Professor

Global Recruiter

Jay Sekulow, J.D., Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Law

Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Randy Singer, JD


Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum

757.352.4554 rsinger@regent.edu
Craig A. Stern, JD

Director, Honors Program


757.352.4080 craiste@regent.edu
Kimberly R. Van Essendelft, JD

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Principal Lecturer

757.352.4689 kimbvan@regent.edu
Ernie Walton, JD

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Academic & Administrative Director, Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law


757.352.4315 stevwa1@regent.edu
Patricia L. West, JD

Associate Dean of Career & Alumni Services

Distinguished Professor

757.352.4040 pwest@regent.edu
Gloria Whittico, JD

Director, Academic Success Program

Associate Professor

757.352.4852 gwhittico@regent.edu


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