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Who Owns Your Invention: Beware of Contract Language

December 01, 2021

Shareholder and registered patent attorney Stephen Thomas authored an article entitled, "Who Owns Your Invention: Beware of Contract Language," for Orlando Inno. The article discusses the pitfalls of using boilerplate employment and subcontractor agreements, including potentially jeopardizing ownership of a patent all together. 

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Stephen

A registered U.S. patent attorney and former engineer and program manager, Stephen Thomas is a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. In this role, he advises business and university clients, many of whom have both domestic U.S. and global IP portfolios, in a variety of markets.


Stephen provides his clients with a full spectrum of guidance regarding IP licensing and royalty strategy, technology law, IP acquisition strategiesIP enforcement and litigation, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance, building and maintaining an enforceable IP asset portfolio, teaming/partnering strategies for global product roll-out, time-phased product and software development, joint ventures, agreements for engineering services, subcontractor management, supply chain management and related matters. He remains engaged in prosecuting numerous patent and trademark applications before the USPTO and actively manages foreign patent and trademark filings in numerous foreign jurisdictions including jurisdictions in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Stephen has defended challenged patents under the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) rules at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as well as challenged and defended trademarks at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

An experienced litigator, Stephen has enforced intellectual property claims against Fortune 100 companies, as well as numerous general business and contract related matters, in both the Federal and state courts. He is also a frequent lecturer in IP and business matters for Central Florida business incubators, universities and other organizations.

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