An intellectual property (IP) lawyer, Tom focuses specifically on trademark, patent, and copyright law. He represents and counsels technology clients in IP matters, including pre-suit diligence, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, depositions, and at trial.
Representing clients in federal courts across the country, including California, Delaware, Texas, and Nevada, Tom has counseled clients on the offensive and defensive side of patent, antitrust, and trademark disputes, and has represented some of the world’s premier multinational corporations. His practice covers a wide range of technology, including:
- 3G/4G communications
- Database management systems
- Mobile device cameras
- Semiconductor technology
- Signal processing
- Flash memory
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
- Web applications
- Data encryption
- Content delivery systems
- Call center software and servers
- Computer hardware and software
- Consumer products
In addition, Tom routinely advises defense-related companies on how to navigate the highly regulated field of export controls. He has advised defense contractors and sub-contractors, including in the areas of military equipment (land, air, sea, and cyber), as well as the fast-developing regulatory framework for artificial intelligence. Tom’s experience includes advising clients on registering with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), developing compliance programs, and negotiating agreements between prime and sub-contractors.
Having extensive litigation experience, particularly in the area of patent damages, Tom recently played a central role in excluding the opinions of a defendant’s expert in a high-stakes litigation, involving radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. In another case, Tom developed and briefed an argument that convinced the Court to reverse a previously-held claim construction, and subsequently played a pivotal role in resuming and expediting discovery for that patent in order to preserve the scheduled trial date.
Tom excels at navigating the many stages of federal district court and ITC litigation—from pre-suit diligence, through pleadings, fact and expert discovery, and pre-trial procedures. He also has experience counseling clients regarding their IP portfolios and licensing efforts, and has shepherded the negotiation of numerous agreements and transactions relating to all forms of intellectual property.
During law school, Tom served as Brooklyn Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute fellow and was responsible for updating the Institute’s database with case-law developments in trade secrets law. Tom also worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he championed the rights of Cambridge-area start-ups, helping them navigate various IP issues in cyberspace, including open-source software licensure and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown procedures.