Protecting Innovation, Technology, and the Arts

Thomas E. Lees



Thomas E. Lees holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with option in Computer Science from The Ohio State University (1992) and a J.D. degree from Capital University School of Law (1998) (Order of the Curia, several CALI awards). Tom has extensive patent prosecution experience in electrical as well as computer and Internet related technologies and has been in private practice since 1998. Prior to entering private practice, Tom worked as a systems and software engineer designing proprietary precision forecasting software and real-time RF integrated systems.

Tom’s practice emphasizes client counseling regarding U.S. and foreign patent matters including portfolio management, prosecution, and IP enforcement. Tom’s practice further includes preparation of patentability, infringement, clearance, and validity opinions. Tom’s practice also includes the areas of licensing, trademarks, copyrights, branding, and intellectual property litigation and support.

Tom is an active electronics designer in the areas of analog and digital circuitry, including the use of microcontrollers and wireless (rf) technologies. Tom enjoys designing, building and restoring preamplifiers, signal processors, vacuum tube amplifiers and recording studio equipment including compressors, equalizers, microphone preamplifiers, etc. Tom also builds electric guitars, effects and amps. Tom is a musician, performing as a guitarist in a local country band and in a praise and worship band at his church.

Tom also serves as the technical editor for a musical instrument industry magazine, providing detailed, bench tested reviews of amplifiers and related technology using state of the art testing and measurement equipment. In this regard, Tom has been active in developing and promoting standards for the testing, measurement, and reporting of amplifier performance.



Navigating Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Post Alice, CLE presented to the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association; September 2015

Intellectual Property Presentation; February 2015 at the Honors Seminar of the Dayton Regional Stem School

Patent Unenforceability; February 2015 at University of Dayton School of Law

                Moderator for the 23rd All Ohio Annual Institute On Intellectual Property; September 2013                    

                She Blinded Me With Science; The Intersection of Science Fiction, Science Fact and Patentable Subject Matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, CLE

                        Presented to the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association; September 2012 

                Open Source – A Path to Effective Use and Integration; May 2012 – Private presentation 

                Successful Use and Deployment of Technology – Dayton Bar Association Technology CLE; December 2011 

                Stanford v. Roche August 2011 – Private presentation 

                WBI Innovation and Commercialization Forum – IP for IT; May 2011 at Wright Brothers Institute 

                Comprehensive Support Strategies for Government Funded Clients 

                        Presented with Dr. Jean E. Schelhorn to the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association; April 2011 

                IP Basics for First Responders – First Responder Technology Forum; December 2010 at Wright Brothers Institute  

                Sine Waves … They Are Not Just For Torturing Students; February 2009 at Dayton Christian High School


Tom is active in the local legal community:

Past President of the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association

Board member of the Program In Law and Technology, University of Dayton School of Law

Trustee of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame

Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member of the Ohio State Bar Association

Registered Patent Attorney No. 46,867

Ohio Attorney Registration No. 69,432

U.S. District Court, S.D. of Ohio