Areas of Practice: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition.
Thomas Cole’s credentials include extensive experience in litigation as well as patent prosecution. He has prosecuted numerous mechanical and electrical patent applications over a broad range of technologies including automotive safety systems, photonics and fiber optics, nuclear power generation, semiconductor manufacture, transmission belts, steel manufacturing, welding devices, radar systems, fuel cells, catalytic converters, retro reflective sheet materials and software and business methods.
Mr. Cole has also rendered numerous validity and infringement opinions and conducted both bench and jury trials for patent infringement, unfair competition and trademark opposition and cancellation matters. He has participated in licensing projects such as the licensing of seatbelt patents, electronic timepieces, modem technology (both software and patents), and highway lighting safety systems.
Legal History: Equity Partner (technology and intellectual property law practice group), Nixon Peabody LLP.
Education: Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., in industrial engineering, 1971); member Tau Beta Pi; Wake Forest University (J.D., 1975). member Phi Alpha Delta.
Admitted: to bar, 1975, North Carolina; 1977, District of Columbia and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 1982, Virginia, (admission limited to Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition); registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.