Thomas A. Dougherty


  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203

Thomas A. Dougherty is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology, and Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practices. Mr. Dougherty has over 17 years of intellectual property and technology experience with law firms and in-house. Tom drafts, negotiates, and handles all aspects of IT, SaaS, IP, sponsorship, marketing, cyber security, confidentiality, contracts, licensing, technology, and NDAs for multi-billion dollar companies. 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.

Tom’s experience in-house includes within companies such as Covidien (now Medtronic) and Tomkins plc (which included Gates Rubber and Schrader Electronics). Mr. Dougherty is an electrical engineer with technical experience including most aspects of electrical engineering such as software, hardware, telecommunications, signal analysis, devices, microelectronics, optics, data privacy and security, relational databases, and big data. He has appealed cases to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has over 10 years’ experience as an electrical engineer for companies such as Goodyear Tire and Lucent Technologies, where he was in new product introduction (including Bell Labs).

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


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Oregon
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Other Admissions
    • United States Patent & Trademark Office





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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