Thomas is a registered patent attorney who has practiced intellectual property law since 1969 when he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner, a position he held for five years.
Tom has successfully represented American, European, and Japanese clients at the USPTO in connection with numerous patent applications, including preparation, filing, prosecution, appeals, reissues, re-examinations, and interferences. Tom has also handled patent matters before various tribunals, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in diverse technical fields, including mechanical, electromechanical, electrical, electronics, semiconductors, and computer hardware and software. A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to procuring worldwide portfolios of patents and trademarks, providing legal opinions and client counseling, and licensing.
Tom has an electrical engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and received his law degree from Catholic University.