David Taylor teaches contracts and patent law courses at SMU Dedman School of Law. 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. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the current Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Honorable Sharon Prost. He also worked for seven years at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP in its Dallas office, engaging in patent litigation in various district courts and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

At SMU, Professor Taylor's scholarship focuses on patent law, patent policy, patent litigation, and civil procedure. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also serves as an advisor to the law school's chapter of the Federalist Society.