Bernard Tomsa

Software/Hardware Patent Prosecution & Patent Analytics

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Bernie is a registered patent attorney with over ten years of experience drafting patents, freedom-to-operate opinions, responses and appeals in variety of technologies. Bernie has drafted hundreds of patents, and he has extensive experience with software patent applications related to video game software, interactive automotive software systems, digital circuits, database systems, advertisement delivery software and systems, web based applications, smart-phone applications, storage device hardware, and digital content delivery systems.

Bernie works with several multi-national corporations on the management of large patent portfolios. Understanding the competitive advantage that can be obtained through application of modern computing technology to portfolio management, Bernie has developed expertise with software providing analytical portfolio analysis.  These advanced tools leverage big data analysis to help clients:

    • craft effective enforceable claims through competitive landscape analysis
    • better identify enforcement targets
    • better identify candidate patents for enforcement
    • focus filing efforts on desirable technology
    • efficiently manage and prune large portfolios
    • cheaply and quickly identify previously cost-prohibitive targeted litigation evidence from the USPTO file wrapper records


Bernie believes that a well-trained engineer is one of the most valuable IP resources a company can have.  Accordingly, Bernie works closely with clients’ engineering teams to ensure that everyone has a good grasp of how to identify and codify any inventive concepts that develop during ongoing engineering processes.

An avid thinker and an enthusiast of creative brainstorming, Bernie will challenge inventors to push creative boundaries to full expand inventive concepts.  Through careful discussion and educated insight, Bernie engages inventors in discussions that result in claims encompassing far more than the inventors' initial concepts.  Through this interaction, Bernie helps ensure that the patents he drafts deliver the full complement of protection to which the inventors are entitled.

Bernie holds a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, as well as a JD from the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, VA.  While in law school, Bernie served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review and an active member of the school's Moot Court Board.  He also sat on George Mason's Board of Visitors for a year, as a student liaison.  Bernie is a registered patent attorney and a member of the State Bar of Virginia.

When he has time, Bernie’s many recreational interests include carpentry, gaming, fishing, golfing, gardening, and home improvement.

Organizations and Affiliations

Consumer Electronics Association

State Bar of Virginia

Client Alerts



    Co-Presenter, “Preparing and Prosecuting Patents that Stand Up to Challenge,” IPWatchdog CON2020, October 2020


    J.D., George Mason University School of Law, Articles Editor, George Mason Law Review

    B.S.E., Computer Science, University of Michigan