Thomas R.Goots (Tom)

Of Counsel

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7011

Tom Goots's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, as well as counseling clients on a broad range of intellectual property issues. Tom's 10 years of experience as an engineer and as a named inventor on United States patents provide him with an understanding of the issues facing his clients.

Tom is experienced in counseling clients on noncompetition, trade secrets, nonsolicitation, and employee raiding issues. He has litigated matters involving employment agreements, covenants not-to-compete, and trade secrets in many different state and federal courts.

He has successfully litigated unfair competition matters in federal court.

His experience in patent litigation involves a wide range of technologies, including wireless email, bone screws, tire design, lighting and electrical products, automotive components, and chemical compounds. He also has represented clients in trademark matters, including opposition proceedings and infringement actions.

Tom also counsels clients on intellectual property issues associated with mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Experience

  • OVHcloud acquires EXTEN Technologies, Inc.Jones Day advised OVHcloud, a global cloud leader and the largest European cloud provider, in its acquisition of technology and certain assets of EXTEN Technologies, Inc., a U.S.-based storage software company specializing in NVMe over Fabrics.
  • Parker Products invests in Creative Food IngredientsJones Day advised Parker Products, LLC, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company, in the acquisition and financing of Creative Food Ingredients, Inc., a provider of baked food ingredients and inclusions.
  • Sotera Health acquires Canadian-based Iotron IndustriesJones Day advised Sotera Health in the acquisition of Canadian-based Iotron Industries, a global leader in electron-based sterilization and materials modifications.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Advanced FireJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company CertaSite, LLC of Advanced Fire Company, Approved Fire Protection, and Advanced Fire and Security to form Advanced Fire, a provider of fire and life safety system inspection, monitoring, repair, and maintenance and installation services.
  • Diebold Nixdorf completes offering of $700 million of Senior Secured NotesJones Day represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, a global leader in driving connected commerce for the banking and retail industries, in connection with the issuance of its $700 million aggregate principal amount of 9.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • Diebold Nixdorf completes offering of €350 million of Senior Secured NotesJones Day represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated, a global leader in driving connected commerce for the banking and retail industries, in connection with the issuance by its wholly-owned Dutch subsidiary, Diebold Nixdorf Dutch Holding B.V., of €350 million aggregate principal amount of 9.000% due 2025 in a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering.
  • Resilience Capital Partners portfolio company CR Brands sold leading laundry brands to Scott's Liquid GoldJones Day advised Resilience Capital Partners LLC in the sale by its portfolio company CR Brands, Inc. of its Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator and Dryel "at home dry cleaning" product lines to Scott’s Liquid Gold, Inc.
  • HBK Engineering sold to Quanta Services, Inc.Jones Day advised HBK Engineering, LLC in its acquisition by Quanta Services, Inc.
  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Riverside invests in GSB & Associates, Inc.Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in GSB & Associates, Inc., a flavor house specializing in custom flavor development with a diverse portfolio of liquid and powdered flavors.
  • NSi Industries acquires Polaris Sales Co., LLCJones Day advised NSi Industries, LLC in its acquisition of Polaris Sales Co., LLC, d/b/a Polaris Electrical Connectors, an Odessa, Florida-based market leader of American-made pre-insulated multi-tap connectors.
  • Park Place acquires Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.Jones Day advised Park Place Technologies, LLC in its acquisition of Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc., a provider of mission critical data center infrastructure services and specializing in post warranty hardware maintenance.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires Garden WeaselJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and related financing by portfolio company General Tools & Instruments of Garden Weasel, a specialized lawn and garden tools provider.
  • Telemedicine provider expands telehealth programming in response to COVID-19 public health crisisJones Day represented a telemedicine provider in their expansion of telehealth programming in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • OMNOVA acquired by Synthomer plc for $824 millionJones Day advised OMNOVA Solutions Inc. in its $824 million acquisition by Synthomer plc, a United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company.
  • Riverside invests in QueTelJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in and related financing of QueTel, the technology leader in digital and physical evidence management that also helps law enforcement agencies handle back-office processes, such as forensic request processing, and the management of equipment, uniforms, and supplies.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs acquires AK Steel in $1.1 billion stock swapJones Day advised Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) in its merger with AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) pursuant to which Cliffs acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of AK Steel common stock.
  • Blue Sea Capital sold NSi Industries to Odyssey Investment PartnersJones Day advised Blue Sea Capital LLC on its sale of NSi Industries, LLC to Odyssey Investment Partners.
  • Riverside acquires National FlavorsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition of National Flavors LLC, a Michigan limited liability company engaged in the business of formulating and producing artificial and natural liquid flavors, extracts, variegates and colors for frozen desserts and dairy products, baked goods, confections, processed fruits, beverages, and other product categories.
  • FlaglerCE sold assets to Alta Equipment Holdings Inc.Jones Day advised FlaglerCE Holdings, LLC in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Alta Equipment Holdings Inc.
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