Mark A. Thomas

Partner

Mark A. Thomas has over 20 years of technical, in-house, and law firm experience covering all aspects of intellectual property law including patent application preparation and prosecution, intellectual property and software licensing, patent portfolio development and management, IP litigation management, contract drafting and negotiation, and freedom to operate, infringement and validity opinions. Prior to his law career, Mark spent several years in the field as a Hardware Engineer involved in computer architecture and design for a large computer company. As Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Transactions for TeleTech Holdings, Inc., Mark was primarily responsible for all corporate intellectual property matters for TeleTech, as well as all legal issues for TeleTech’s Procurement Department overseeing an annual budget of $300M. Mark speaks the language of the engineers and inventors he works with, and partners well with his in-house counterparts, utilizing his years of in-house experience to respond well to the needs and pressures they face each day.

Accomplishments
  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. patent applications involving digital hardware and software inventions in a wide variety of different applications.
  • Led and managed the in-house intellectual property (IP) department for publicly traded telecommunications company, developing and managing its global portfolio of patents, trademarks and domain names.
  • Oversaw all patent application filings in the wireless telecommunications arts for a former regional telephone company, substantially increasing the IP portfolio size and diversity for advanced technology divisions.
  • Negotiated patent license agreements, software license agreements and intellectual property clauses in vendor contracts, valued in excess of $100M.
  • Negotiated a variety of vendor contracts involving multi-million dollar telecommunications systems, facilities management, corporate credit cards and corporate aircraft.
Technology Areas

Mark's fields of technology include computers, integrated circuits including central processing units (CPUs) and memory device, telecommunications, semiconductor device structures and processes, nanotechnology, enterprise software such as customer relationship management (CRM) software and enterprise resource planning software, telecommunications network software, Internet-based software, simulation software and embedded software. Other fields of technology include GPS systems, lasers, catheters, external beam radiation treatment systems, electromagnetic bone growth stimulation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), dental implants, gravure printing equipment, manufacturing equipment, and mechanical devices.

Mark can be reached at mthomas@dilworthip.com

Admitted

1994, Illinois;

2000,Colorado;

registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

1994, John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude

1984, Carnegie Mellon University, B.S.E.E. and Computer Science (Double Major)

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