Thomas W. Tolpin (Tom) is a patent and trademark attorney with more than 30 years of experience. An inventor himself, Mr. Tolpin has been granted several patents of his own. He has been selected a “Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law” and a designated “Illinois Super Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network. He has been recognized with the highest rating “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Tom handles all areas of technology, including: computers, telecommunications, electronics, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery, automation, vehicles, farm equipment, lasers, medical devices and procedures, diagnostic equipment, food processing, plastic molding, engineering techniques, consumer products, business methods and software.
Tom counsels clients on enforcement, trial strategy and risk management in view of the business objectives of the clients, and has an outstanding track record in negotiating licenses and favorably settling pending and potential infringement matters, oppositions, cancellations, and litigation. In particular, Tom has been the lead intellectual property attorney for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and due diligence of companies and their subsidiaries; some of the IP driven acquisitions are in excess of $400 million. He has negotiated and drafted numerous complex agreements relating to the international licensing and joint venture of patents, know-how, and trademarks pertaining to numerous technologies, computer software, and consumer products; several in excess of $60 million.
Understanding the complexities of the rapidly changing global business world, Mr. Tolpin works with hundreds of attorneys throughout the world. He has obtained international patents and trademark registrations in more than 120 countries. He also specializes in developing and protecting patent and trademark portfolios, as well as enforcing and litigating patents and trademarks.
Tom has extensive experience providing clearance and opinion reports pertaining to the validity, enforceability, infringement and clearance of patents and trademarks, and achieves broad protection for his clients.
Tom is experienced in international intellectual property enforcement, trials, and mediation. Tom has not only argued patent cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, but has also successfully handled patent appeals in the U.S. and European Patent Offices. He has obtained favorable decisions against domain name infringers from both the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF).
Tom was a military judge, trial attorney, and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and has taught business law.
He has lectured on patents, trademarks and licensing.
Illinois State Bar
Washington, D.C. Bar
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Mergers & Acquisitions
Financial and Insurance
American University, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Post graduate courses in chemistry
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Chicago Bar Association (CBA)