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.

Expérience

  • MPE Partners acquires P&S Detail ProductsJones Day advised MPE Partners in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Appearance Technology Group of P&S Detail Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded, consumable car care liquid chemicals for professional and do-it-yourself ("DIY") users.
  • Tineco prevails in ITC patent infringement dispute with Bissell over wet-dry surface cleaning devicesJones Day successfully represented Tineco Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. as respondent in an ITC Section 337 investigation filed by complainants Bissell Inc. and Bissell Homecare Inc. ("Bissell") relating to wet-dry surface cleaning devices.
  • American Pacific Group acquires Spark Power Group Inc.Jones Day acted as U.S. counsel to American Pacific Group, L.P. in the approximately C$140 million acquisition of Spark Power Group Inc., a leading independent provider of end-to-end electrical services and operations and maintenance services to the industrial, utility, and renewable asset markets in North America.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Miracle MethodJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Threshold Brands of Miracle Method, the leading franchised provider of bath and kitchen refinishing services in the United States.
  • Cortec Group sells Chauvet & Sons to Court Square Capital PartnersJones Day advised Cortec Group in the sale of its Chauvet & Sons platform to Court Square Capital Partners.
  • Flottec sold to Nalco WaterJones Day represented Flottec, LLC, a company focused on the development of advanced flotation technology and the supply of flotation reagents and mineral processing chemicals, in connection with its sale to Nalco Company LLC, an Illinois-based supplier of water, energy and air improvement solutions and services for industrial markets and Ecolab Inc. company.
  • Riverside sells Energy Exemplar to Blackstone and Vista Equity PartnersJones Day is advising investment funds affiliated with Riverside's Australia Fund in connection with the sale of its Energy Exemplar platform to a newly formed acquisition vehicle jointly controlled by investment funds affiliated with Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners (buyer).
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Lighthouse Global EnergyJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in its acquisition of Lighthouse Global Energy, an OEM wind turbine parts supplier and manufacturer with in-house engineering, testing, and repair expertise.
  • Timken acquires Des-CaseJones Day advised The Timken Company in the acquisition of Des-Case Corp., a Nashville, Tenn.-based manufacturer of specialty filtration products for industrial lubricants.
  • Norwest Equity Partners acquires Nationwide Organ Recovery Transport Alliance, LLCJones Day represented Norwest Equity Partners on its acquisition and financing of Nationwide Organ Recovery Transport Alliance, LLC, a provider of air and ground organ recovery transportation services.
  • TopBuild acquires Specialty Products & InsulationJones Day is advising TopBuild Corp. (NSYE: BLD) in its acquisition of Specialty Products & Insulation from private equity firm Incline Equity Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at $960 million.
  • ONCAP sells medical division to BiomericsJones Day advised ONCAP in the sale by portfolio company Precision Concepts International of its medical division to Biomerics, a portfolio company of Wasatch Equity Partners.
  • MPE Partners recapitalizes Precision PipelineJones Day advised MPE Partners in the acquisition and financing of Precision Pipeline, LLC, a leading provider of critical repair, replacement, and maintenance services for utility customers across the gas, electrical, telecommunications, and water end markets.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires ASL Print FXJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging Inc. (AWT) of ASL Print FX (ASL), a leading manufacturer of innovative print solutions to beverage, consumer packaged goods, envelope, and promotional markets across North America.
  • Sonepar Group acquires Billows Electric SupplyJones Day represented Sonepar in the acquisition by its U.S. subsidiary, Cooper Electric, of Billows Electric Supply, an electrical distribution business operating 19 branch locations in the Philadelphia, South New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware, markets.
  • Evoqua merges with Xylem in $7.5 billion all-stock transactionJones Day advised Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE: AQUA) in its $7.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL).
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Mold MedicsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Threshold Brands of Mold Medics, a provider of residential and commercial mold remediation and air duct cleaning services in Pennsylvania.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires DevLinks, LtdJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company John Henry Foster Minnesota, Inc. of DevLinks, Ltd, a leading systems integrator providing full-service automation solutions to include design, integration, and installation with emphasis on the plastics industry.
  • Swander Pace Capital portfolio company acquires First Place FoodsJones Day advised Swander Pace Capital in the acquisition by its portfolio company Patriot Pickle of First Place Foods, a producer of fresh pickles, fermented pickles, relish, and other pickled vegetables primarily for the foodservice and institutional channels.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Green GuardJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company EverSmith Brands of Green Guard Services (Green Guard), a provider of commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning (KEC) and related ancillary services and products, which are essential for fire prevention and mitigation.