Thomas J. Connelly

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.

Stephen C. Jensen

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.

Thomas D. Wilhelm

Senior Patent Attorney

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.

 

Tom sold the firm to Jensen in March 2015. At that time the two exchanged hats, but Tom has remained with the firm and still sits at the same desk.