Saint Louis University School of Law,
St. Louis University Public Law Review
University of Missouri-Rolla,
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1991
US Patent and Trademark Office
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Chair, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, 2003-2004
International Trademark Association
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Named Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers®, 2017
Named Lawyer of the Year for Patent Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2016
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-Present
Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law
Listed in Chambers USA - Band 1 as a leading lawyer for Intellectual Property Law in Missouri, 2012-2017
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
Top 50 in St. Louis, 2013
Up & Coming Attorneys Class of 2007
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
40 Under 40 Class of 2004
St. Louis Business Journal
Lexology "Client Choice" Award for Intellectual Property - Trademarks - 2017
Thompson Coburn LLP
Howell & Haferkamp, L.C.
Washington University School of Law
Adjunct Professor, 2001-2004
Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies, with a focus on IP portfolio management, licensing and enforcement. He is the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the Firm's Management Committee.
Tom has spent his career helping companies protect their brands across the country and around the world. He excels at building strong, transparent relationships with in-house legal teams, and developing streamlined processes for IP management and enforcement that provide clear oversight of global IP portfolios and greater predictability for legal expenses.
As chair of Thompson Coburn's IP group, Tom leads an experienced intellectual property team that focuses on strategic counseling, global IP portfolio management, licensing, enforcement, brand protection and dispute resolution for some of the world's best-known consumer products companies and service providers. Their priority for each client is to design and implement long-term strategies for securing and maintaining the maximum protection and value of intellectual property assets.
Tom has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications both domestically and internationally, covering a broad range of technical disciplines, including electric motor technology, industrial valve technology, sheet metal processing technology, vehicle drive systems, ballistic armor systems and business methods. Before attending law school, Tom studied mechanical engineering and worked with an environmental engineering consulting firm.
In his extensive work on international trademarks, Tom has prosecuted trademark applications in nearly 200 countries, and led work on trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings globally. Tom regularly negotiates and drafts license agreements, settlement agreements and other agreements relating to the domestic and international intellectual property rights of his clients.
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