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Thomas A. Briggs (Tom)


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  • John Marshall Law School (J.D. summa cum laude 1994; Order of John Marshall; Moot Court); The University of Akron (B.S.Ch.E. 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • California, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Tom Briggs' practice is focused on transactions where intellectual property, technology, information, and data assets are the driving force for the deal. He has particular experience in global and cross-border licensing, development, strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and IP-related settlement agreements. Tom is co-leader of the Licensing & Technology Transactions services of the Firm's IP Practice.

Tom negotiates and drafts agreements involving the creation, transfer, use, and sharing of intellectual property, including agreements relating to R&D, licensing, strategic alliances, joint ventures, clinical trials, confidentiality, noncompetition, consulting, assignment, supply, manufacturing, outsourcing, sales agency, digital health, software, and information technology. He also oversees and evaluates due diligence relating to the acquisition or licensing of technology and intellectual property. Tom conducts seminars on IP and technology transaction subjects in public and private settings, including for legal education credits.

Tom serves clients in many industries, particularly pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health care, food, renewable energy, semiconductors, software, steel, and chemicals. These clients include Astellas, Athersys, Bunge, Celgene, Cylance, EagleTree Capital, Genomatica, Kyocera, Merial, Nielsen, NXP, P&G, Takeda, and Toolgen.

In helping clients with their technology transactions, Tom draws upon a rare combination of work experiences. He is a patent lawyer who has litigated cases involving infringement, misappropriation, and noncompetition and has prosecuted patent and trademark registrations. He has served as chief intellectual property officer and assistant general counsel of M.A. Hanna Company (now PolyOne Corporation). He also spent 10 years as a practicing chemical engineer and plant supervisor with Union Carbide/Praxair before his career as a lawyer.

Honors & Distinctions

  • IAM Patent 1000 — The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2017) — Transactions "Highly Recommended"

    The Legal 500 US (2007-2017) — Technology: transactions

    Southern California Super Lawyers (2011-2017)

    LMG Life Sciences "Star" — Finance and Transactional (2012-2016)

    Board Member of — the North San Diego Business Chamber and San Diego's Fleet Science Center
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