Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trade Dress
  • Licensing
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Software Agreements
  • Joint Development Agreements
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois – L.L.M., Masters of Law Degree
  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts – J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York – MBA, Masters in Business Administration
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York – B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to the Eastern District Court of Wisconsin
  • Admitted to the Northern District Court of Illinois
  • Admitted to the Northern District Court of Indiana

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Intellectual Property Law Association Member
  • Wisconsin Patent Law Association Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Member

Past Employers

  • Standard Oil Company of Indiana (Amoco)
  • Deere & Company
  • Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA)
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Thomas J. Connelly

Senior Patent Attorney

Tom joined the firm in February, 2007, after 19 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. During that time, he drafted and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications in the mechanical, fiber, and chemical arts. His primary focus was on absorbent products, machines and processes used to make such products, chemical compositions, and business method patents.

 

Tom also handled several European Opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. He also drafted non-infringement opinions, various agreements, including licensing agreements, and was involved in several litigations. He also mentored new patent attorneys, served as a team leader, and was chairman of several in-house patent committees.

 

Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Tom worked for over 3 years at Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in Pittsburgh, PA. During that time, Tom drafted and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patents on inventions coming out of the Packaging Products Division. Tom also negotiated and drafted several licensing agreements and handled a major Interference Proceeding before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. An Interference Proceeding was a feature of the old U.S. patent law, used to determine who was the rightful owner of the patent. ALCOA won this Interference against another major U.S. corporation. Tom also was involved in assessing and valuing the intellectual property rights associated with the purchase of a business and the sale of several small businesses by ALCOA.

 

Before working for ALCOA, Tom worked for over 5 years at Deere & Company, the agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer in Moline, Illinois. Tom was the primary patent attorney for the Engine and Large Tractor Divisions. During this time, he drafted and filed over 100 U.S. patent applications directed to the design of engines, engine components, hydraulic systems, steering systems, power take-off’s, transmissions, and the like. He also drafted confidentiality agreements, purchase agreements, consulting agreements, and non-infringement opinions, and helped out on a patent litigation and antitrust lawsuit in Federal Court. Tom also assisted another in-house patent attorney in handling trademarks. During his employment at Deere & Company, Tom completed his thesis and received his Master in Law degree in Intellectual Property.

 

Tom started his patent law career with the Standard Oil Company of Indiana (Amoco), which has since merged with British Petroleum (BP). He spent a major portion of his first two years in patent litigation doing everything from document discovery, drafting motions, taking depositions, attending court proceedings, and more. Tom also honed his craft in drafting and prosecuting a number of patent applications relating to oil refinery and petroleum processes. These included alkylation to make high-octane fuels, sulfonation, and catalytic cracking to refine gasoline. Also during his 3 plus years at Amoco, Tom argued several patent application cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences.

 

Since joining our firm, Tom has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications dealing with various mechanical devices, has handled trademark work, and has handled some copyright matters. He has also successfully defended a client in a trademark infringement action and has represented another client as the plaintiff in a trademark action.