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  • Education
    • J.D., Michigan State University, 2006
    • B.S., University of Michigan, 2003, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Gerald Thomas has integrated his electrical engineering experience with his legal experience in order to provide clients with meaningful and appropriate counsel in the area of patent law. Focusing on the electronics industry, including telecommunication systems, computer architecture, software, and networking, Gerald assists clients with inter partes and ex parte reexaminations, BPAI appeals, patent litigation, and prosecution.

As an undergraduate, Gerald’s focus was microelectromechanical systems. He designed and fabricated a fully functioning NMOS microelectromechanical acoustic transducer as his senior design project. 

He also worked in a laboratory assisting in mask-making, pattern transfer, oxidation, ion implantation and metallization for MEMS and MOS chip fabrication as well as provided technical support for two of the largest computing centers on campus.
  • Defended large computer company in several multi-million dollar infringement lawsuits by drafting reexamination requests against patents owned by plaintiffs. The reexaminations were successful in cancelling the claims at issue leading to a victory for the client.
  • Defended a well-known power company against charges of infringement by drafting an Inter Partes Review of the plaintiff's patent which successfully led to the cancellation of all claims and a victory of the power company.
  • Assisted in procuring a very satisfying settlement for a Silicon Valley tech company accusing a rival of infringement by analyzing the patent portfolio of the client and determining which patents were being infringed by the rival company's products. Detailed infringement analysis left the rival with no choice but to settle.
  • Successfully defended a large medical supply company accused of infringement by drafting and filing Inter Partes Reviews of the plaintiff's patents and having the claims at issue successfully cancelled.