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  • Education
    • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968
    • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1968
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1979
    • Massachusetts, 1978
    • New York, 1978
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1991
    • United States Supreme Court, 1990
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1990
    • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1990
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1984
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1984
Thomas Saunders has written the book — literally — on everything a CEO needs to know about evaluating patents and using them to protect a business. As co-author of the book IP Law for Businesses: Protecting Yourself and Your Business, he shares the knowledge he has acquired during his years practicing intellectual property law. 

Many of Thomas’ clients are in the emerging medical technology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and pharmaceutical industries. Thomas assists these clients with patent prosecution, patent strategy and intellectual property licensing matters — all the while tailoring his services to fit within a realistic budget. Beyond life sciences, he guides early-stage entrepreneurs in a variety of technologies through the patent, partnering, and distributor minefields. His patent practice includes assessment of patent landscapes, free-to-market opinions, and strategic partnering evaluation.

Thomas also offers clients extensive experience in university technology transfer matters. He has drafted both university and corporate IP policy. He advises on technology transfer matters, both to and from universities. 

Trademark and copyright matters are also important areas of practice for Thomas. This includes significant activity in active in defending jewelry design disputes as well as domain name protection against cybersquatting.

  • Representing a startup pharmaceutical company in assembling relevant patent portfolios and concluding research agreements. 
  • Performing due diligence and patent clearance for acquisition of a multimillion dollar patent portfolio. 
  • Prosecuting patent applications and advising university technology transfer offices, including drafting a university technology transfer policy. 
  • Representing a web site business against a cybersquatter in an ICAAN proceeding. 
  • Representing on-line and wholesale jewelers, defending against copyright and trademark infringement actions by name-brand jewelers in order to secure for clients the full extent of permitted sales.

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The Ecology of Industry-Academia R&D
Industry Academia Interactions
May 21-22, 2016
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IP Law for Business: Protecting Yourself & Your Company
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The Way of Trademark
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Latin American Patent Activity in the US
Beyond the First World 
May 2010
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Defending Knock Offs: Head-to-Head With Brand Names in Trademark, Copyright, and Internet Marketing
Intellectual Property Today 
February 2007
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India And China New Frontiers In Pharma
CHEManager Europe 
October 2006