Tom has more than 30 years of intellectual property litigation experience. His litigation experience runs the gamut from intellectual property matters to general business conflicts, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder derivative matters. Tom has...
Tom has more than 30 years of intellectual property litigation experience. His litigation experience runs the gamut from intellectual property matters to general business conflicts, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder derivative matters. Tom has tried cases in federal and state courts around the country.
Tom has extensive litigation experience in a variety of technology areas and tried cases relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has been the driving force behind the firm's adoption of innovative technology in the courtroom and for delivery of client information.
Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State Law School and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan.
Tom enjoys traveling (he's been to all 50 states and all 7 continents), as well as all things tech related. In addition, Tom enjoys watching the sunset over Lake Michigan on a summer evening in Northern Michigan, and reading, especially history.
Practice Areas & Industries
J.D., University of Michigan
B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Michigan
z4 Techs. v. Microsoft (won over $200 million for patent on product activation technology)
Johns-Manville v. Guardian Inds. (won trade secret and patent infringement suit involving fiberglass manufacturing)
Hilgraeve v. Symantec (obtained settlement of patent infringement case against anti-virus maker)
Sutmyn v. Storage Tech. (won patent infringement judgment involving virtual storage systems and successfully defended against antitrust claims)
Waner v. Ford Motor Co. (defended patent infringement case involving heavy-duty trucks)
Palmer v. Fox Software (successfully defended breach of fiduciary duty claims)
Expeditors v. Vastera (successfully defended trade secret claim involving import/export regulations and logistics)
Cheetah v. Verizon (won jury verdict on patent covering Verizon`s FiOS high-speed optical network)
Cheetah v. Alcatel-Lucent, et al. (obtained settlements in patent infringement case against the leading optical telecommunications companies)
State Bar of Michigan, Computer Law Section, Past Chair; Patent and Trademark Office Committee
Visiting Scholar Univ Mich Ann Arbor
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section; Computer Applications User Group, Past Chair
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Computer Law Association
Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2007 – 2012, 2014 – 2017
“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2016
Best Lawyers in America, 2017
Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. In Michigan, Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law...
Twelve Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2017 Super Lawyers List; Ten Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that twenty-two of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers and 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list for their accomplishments in intellectual property law by Super Lawyers Magazine. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.,- We are proud to announce that nine Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized by there peers as 2018 Best Lawyers in America ®. Those included are: Mark Cantor(President) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Trademark law Frank Angileri(Shareholder; Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and...
Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law in Detroit, as well...
Southfield, Mich.–Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been recognized as “2017 Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice. The complete list of Brooks Kushman attorneys honored as “2017 Top Lawyers” follows: Mark...
Eight Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer...
Southfield, Mich. -Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor, and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy, Elizabeth Janda, Thomas Lewry and John Nemazi have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas, including: Mark Cantor – IP Litigation,...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...
Lewry Featured in the University of Michigan Video as a Lecturer for Class on Patent Fundamentals for Engineers
Patent litigator, Tom Lewry was featured in the University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science video where he is a lecturer for the class, Patent Fundamentals for Engineers. View the course video below:
“A Revived Injunction: Federal Circuit Recently Affirmed Vitality of this Patent Remedy”National Law JournalJanuary 2, 2012 – Brooks Kushman patent attorney in Michigan, Tom Lewry was quoted in the National Law Journal article, “A Revived Injunction: Federal Circuit Recently Affirmed Vitality of this Patent Remedy.” Several years ago the U.S....
Southfield, Mich., November 7, 2011 – Michigan intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce several attorneys have been recognized by the 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers. Five intellectual property attorneys at the Southfield-based firm were named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listing for the second straight year. ...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 28, 2011 – On March 18, a jury awarded Cheetah Omni LLC $5.4 million in damages against three subsidiaries of Verizon Communications, Inc. The jury found that Verizon infringed Cheetah`s “fiber to the home technology” Patent No. 7,522,836. Cheetah Omni is a research and development company that has...
The Fab Five: Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2010 Super Lawyers List; Two Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 22, 2010 – Five Brooks Kushman lawyers have been named to the 2010 Michigan Super Lawyers list, tying another local law firm for the most lawyers represented in the two intellectual property (IP) categories. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice...
Six Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2008 Super Lawyers List; Five Up-and-Coming Attorneys Named Rising Stars
Six lawyers from the intellectual property (IP) law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. were named to the Super Lawyers list for 2008. Southfield, Mich.-based Brooks Kushman has more lawyers included in the IP categories of the 2008 Super Lawyers list than any other law firm in Michigan. The Super Lawyers list...
Five lawyers from Brooks Kushman P.C. have been named to the 2007 “Michigan Super Lawyers” listing. “Super Lawyers” identifies the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research of Law & Politics magazine. Brooks Kushman President Mark A. Cantor, as well...
Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.: Defendant May Be Liable For Indirect Infringement Despite Good Faith Belief That Patent Is Invalid
In a case at odds with long-standing assumptions about the legal status of invalid patents, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 26, 2015 that a defendant’s good faith belief that a patent is invalid is not a defense to active inducement of infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b). The...
In many businesses, intellectual property assets, including patents, copyrights, trademark, and trade secrets, represent critical assets essential to success in the marketplace. Protecting IP assets often requires careful planning and oversight. Missteps can result in the loss of rights or, in some instances, liability for infringing the IP rights of...
Brooks Kushman Shareholders Chris Smith and Thomas Lewry discuss several recent Court decisions that will have the greatest impact on intellectual property law. Since the last quarterly webinar, the Supreme Court has issued several significant IP rulings, including decisions that will affect on-going discussions concerning important issues. The webinar reviews and provide...
Featured, “How to Write a Solid Patent: Innovators Offer Tips,” Crain’s Detroit Business’, July 2015
Featured. “A Revived Injunction: Federal Circuit Recently Affirmed Vitality of this Patent Remedy,” National Law Journal, January 2012
Featured, “Six Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2009 Super Lawyers List,” 2009 Super Lawyers List, October 2009
Quoted, “A Revived Injunction: Federal Circuit Recently Affirmed Vitality of this Patent Remedy,” National Law Journal, January 2012.
Quoted, “Productivity in the Legal Profession: The Impact of Mobile Technology,” ALM Legal Intelligence, December 2011.
Quoted, “Federal Circuit: Provisional Application Can Show Another Party Was First to Invent,” National Law Journal, July 2010.
Quoted, “More Defendants Seek to Blast Out of Patent Rocket Docket,” National Law Journal, June 2009.
Author, Intellectual Property Litigation Reporter, Vol. 11, Issue 12, October 2004
Presenter, “Common Legal Issues Entrepreneurs Typically Face as they Start and Grow their Business,” Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar, October 2015
Co-Presenter, “IP: Trademark, Copyright & Patents,” Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan (U of M), June 2013
Presenter, “Introduction of Problem and Use of Exhibits Beyond Paper Exhibits,” DRI`s Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Seminar, May 2013