Thomas A. Dougherty


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    1700 Lincoln Street
    Denver, CO 80203

Thomas A. Dougherty is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Mr. Dougherty has over 14 years of intellectual property experience with law firms and inhouse. He has experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law and related licensing. He also has extensive medical device, product clearance, infringement analysis, litigation, M&A, and due diligence experience.

Mr. Dougherty has worked for law firms and inhouse. His experience inhouse includes within companies such as Covidien (now Medtronic) and Tomkins plc (which included Gates Rubber and Schrader Electronics).

Mr. Dougherty is an electrical engineer and his technical experience includes most aspects of electrical engineering including software, hardware, telecommunications, signal analysis, devices, microelectronics, data privacy and security, relational databases, and big data. He has appealed cases to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and handles licensing, contracts, SaaS, open source, and other IT issues. He also has 10 years’ experience as an electrical engineer for companies such as Goodyear Tire and Lucent Technologies, where he was in new product introduction.

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Representative Cases

Systemation v. Hart & Cooley, 1:11-cv-00142-LPS (Del. 2011)

Community Activities

  • Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Board member Grant Ranch Master HOA, past President
  • Board member Bowles Metropolitan District


  • Supreme Court Intellectual Property Case Summaries and Predictions, 2014 
  • Alice in Computer Land, 2014
  • Cables, Antennas and Public Performance, 2014
  • Who Infringed?, 2014
  • An FDA Compliant Label Can Still Be Misleading, 2014
  • Copyright Statute of Limitations Trumps Laches, 2014
  • Claim Definiteness Requires "Reasonable Certainty, 2014
  • Supreme Court Emphasizes Terms of Attorneys' Fees Statute in Patent Cases, 2014
  • Intellectual Property Under Supreme Scrutiny, 2014
  • Surveying Intellectual Property, 2014

Professional Presentations

  • Joint Development Agreements, Rocky Mountain IP Institute, 2008
  • Appeals, Rocky Mountain IP Institute, 2011





United States Patent and Trademark Office

District of Colorado

Central District of California

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Creighton University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2001

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

BSEE, 1992

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