Biography

From counseling to litigation, Thomas' extensive experience in the intellectual property realm provides his clients the insight required to ensure success on a full range of services related to their trademarks, copyrights, and related intellectual property matters.

Tom has comprehensive experience counseling clients on the selection, screening, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks both domestically and internationally. For more than 20 years, he has successfully registered hundreds of trademarks for clients in a wide variety of industries, and has successfully litigated numerous trademark disputes both in court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Tom advises clients on copyright matters, as well, often in combination with trademarks to provide the most comprehensive brand protection strategy possible.

He also has extensive experience with intercompany agreements such as manufacturing, reseller, distribution, strategic alliance, e-commerce, non-competition, and other agreements.

Tom served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked at Harvard University as an Information Technology Manager before deciding to become an attorney.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Skidmore College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • INTA Sub-Committee: INTA Bulletins – Law & Practice, North America (2018-2019)
  • Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Forum, MassBio (2015-2017)
  • INTA Sub-Committee: The Trademark Reporter (2014-2017)
  • Director, Bare Hill Rowing Association (2013-Present)
  • Clerk, The Creeley Foundation (2012-Present)
  • INTA Sub-Committee: Trademark Office Practices (2008-2013) (Project Team Leader, Trademark Office Benchmarking Portal)
  • Corporate Trustee, Acton Memorial Library (2001-Present)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights

Blog

Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has proposed changes to the regulations governing the state’s paid family and medical leave program. The proposed changes are intended to clarify the requirements related to...

News

The Boston Bar Association Adds Verrill Attorney David M. Friedman to Council

Publication/Podcast

Amending Your Retirement Plans this Year for SECURE Act and CARES Act Changes

This post was updated on September 29, 2022. On August 3, 2022, the IRS extended the deadline for retirement plan sponsors to adopt amendments necessary to comply with the Setting Every Community Up for...

Publication/Podcast

BLM-Masked Employees of Whole Foods Lose Race Bias Appeal Regarding Dress Code

Blog

The How and When of Separations from Service Under Section 409A

Readers who regularly work with deferred compensation plans will know that Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) prescribes six events or times at which deferred compensation may be distributed to participants...

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (1st Session)

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (2nd Session)

Matter

Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...

News

Verrill Attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected President of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

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