Areas of Practice: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair
Thomas Cole’s credentials include extensive experience in litigation as
well as patent prosecution. He has prosecuted numerous mechanical and electrical patent
applications over a broad range of technologies including automotive safety systems, photonics
and fiber optics, nuclear power generation, semiconductor manufacture, transmission belts,
steel manufacturing, welding devices, radar systems, fuel cells, catalytic converters, retro
reflective sheet materials and software and business methods.
Mr. Cole has also rendered numerous validity and infringement opinions and conducted both
bench and jury trials for patent infringement, unfair competition and trademark opposition and
cancellation matters. He has participated in licensing projects such as the licensing of seatbelt
patents, electronic timepieces, modem technology (both software and patents), and highway
lighting safety systems.
Legal History: Equity Partner (technology and intellectual property law practice group), Nixon
Education: Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., in industrial engineering, 1971); member Tau Beta Pi; Wake Forest University (J.D., 1975). member Phi Alpha Delta.
Admitted: to bar, 1975, North Carolina; 1977, District of Columbia and U.S. District Court for
the District of Columbia; 1982, Virginia, (admission limited to Patent, Trademark, Copyright and
Unfair Competition); registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.