Senior Patent Attorney
Tom joined the firm in 2007. He has practiced as an intellectual property attorney since 1977, and has worked as in-house counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his J. D. degree, Tom holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA degree, and a Masters of Law (LLM) degree. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, before the state bars of Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania, before several U.S. District Courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
President & Senior Patent Attorney
Stephen (Steve) worked as an engineer for 6 years before changing careers to become a patent agent (1992) and then a patent attorney (1994). He spent a total of 17 years in the law departments of two Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his J.D. degree, he holds a B.S. degree in Physics and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in optics. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, before the state bars of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
He has strong ties to Wisconsin, including an uncle (Charles F. Jensen) who was a small town attorney in the Stevens Point, Plainfield, and Tomahawk areas. Growing up in a big family that lived in Stevens Point, Iola, and then Appleton, Stephen left the state to find work, but–for almost 30 years–hoped to return to this northern part of Wisconsin he loved so much. The opportunity came in 2013, when he returned to the area and joined Tom Wilhelm’s firm. He bought the firm from Tom in March, 2015.
Senior Patent Attorney
“As I began thinking about retiring some years ago, I was concerned about our reputation as a law firm, and whether I could find someone who I could trust to take my place, to take care of our clients, many of whom are good friends, and someone who would take care of our people, our employees.
First let me say that Steve and I have enjoyed a great personal and professional relationship, and a great friendship, which goes back more than 20 years. When Steve first expressed an interest in taking over the business when I was ready to let go, I was thrilled. I knew that Steve would take good care of my clients and my employees, and he has. And I know that I can trust Steve to carry on the work I started so long ago, and that I can trust him to uphold our reputation in the community.
I have now watched Steve run the business for the last three years, and am satisfied that he is doing a great job of carrying on the work I started so many years ago. It is now time for me to step aside and make the final transfer to Steve.
Those of you who have already transitioned over to Steve already know that he is very capable to doing the kinds of work that we do, and that he takes great care of you. For those of you who will be transitioning in the future, I have complete faith and trust in Steve, that he will take as good care of you as you have come to expect from me.”
Tom worked as an engineer for several years before becoming a patent agent (1978) and then a patent attorney (1994). He founded the firm in 1983 in a small office in Neenah, Wisconsin, later moving it to Appleton. In addition to his J. D. degree, Tom holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, before the state bar of Wisconsin, and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.