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Thomas A. Lewry

Shareholder, Co-Chair Litigation

Michigan OfficeP (248) 226-2753

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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... see more >

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.

Publications
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 9, 2010.

Quoted, "More Defendants Seek to Blast Out of Patent Rocket Docket," National Law Journal, June 15, 2009. < see less

Education

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 – 2015

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2016

Best Lawyers in America, 2017

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked in the 2017 Best Law Firms List; Eight Attorneys Ranked as Best Lawyers
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    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...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2017 Top Lawyers List
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    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
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    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...

  • Brooks Kushman Congratulates 7 Attorneys Named as 2017 Best Lawyers In America
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    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,...

  • Fifteen Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    Wednesday, September 09, 2015

    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
    Monday, April 16, 2012

    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:  

  • National Law Journal Quotes Lewry on Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases
    Monday, January 02, 2012

    “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....

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Honored by Michigan Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property
    Monday, November 07, 2011

    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. ...

  • Brooks Kushman Prevails in Patent Infringement Case for $5.4 Million Against Verizon Communications
    Monday, March 28, 2011

    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
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    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
    Monday, September 22, 2008

    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...

  • Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2007 Super Lawyers List
    Monday, September 24, 2007

    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...

      • Brooks Kushman’s Lewry Shares Patent Writing Tips in Crain’s Detroit Business
        Monday, July 13, 2015

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Thomas Lewry was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ July 11, 2015 article, “How to write a solid patent: Innovators offer tips.” In the article, Lewry and Mohammed Islam, founder of Cheetah Omnni LLC, share their proven strategies for innovators to protect their inventions. Lewry and...

      • National Law Journal Quotes Lewry on Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases
        Monday, January 02, 2012

        “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....

      • Six Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2009 Super Lawyers List; Two Up-and-Coming Lawyers Named Rising Stars
        Thursday, October 08, 2009

        Six lawyers from Brooks Kushman P.C. have been named to the 2009 Super Lawyers list, more than any other Michigan firm in the intellectual property (IP) categories. The Super Lawyers list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and...

      • Go Abroad for Cheap Tunes? Global Sites Offer Cheap Music But Questionable Legal Issues
        Wednesday, December 01, 2004

        Digital World MagazineThere are an increasing number of international sites offering music downloads at low prices with few copyright restrictions. Sites based in Russia and Spain claim to be legitimate, but Tom Lewry warns that bargain hunters should beware, “My advice would be stay away from them because you run...

      • Novell Will Pay Some Legal Costs for Linux Customers (Update2)
        Monday, January 12, 2004

        Publication:BloombergThis article notes that Novell Inc. will pay some clients if they are sued for copyright infringement to blunt the impact of threatened suits against Linux users. IBM and Intel pledged to contribute to a defense fund and Hewlett-Packard has agreed to indemnify its customers. Tom Lewry commented that, “The...

      • RIAA Can't Subpoena Identities of File Traders, D.C. Cir. Says
        Tuesday, January 06, 2004

        Publication:Intellectual Property Litigation ReporterA federal appellate court recently ruled that the RIAA cannot obtain the identities of file traders from their ISPs. Tom Lewry commented, "This is obviously going to put a huge monkey wrench" into the RIAA's plans to continue filing lawsuits against individual file traders. “However, the decision...

      • Peace Offering for File Traders?
        Saturday, September 06, 2003

        Publication:Wired NewsTom Lewry is quoted in this article regarding the music industry`s plans to offer so-called “amnesty” to file traders who come forward and promise not download files in the future.Lewry does not believe that this is the best approach. According to Lewry, “The general concept of amnesty is a...

      • Content Cops
        Friday, August 01, 2003

        Publication:America's NetworkTom Lewry is quoted in this article that discusses whether ISPs should be responsible for the billions of files that are downloaded each month from popular P2P networks.Lewry agrees with the ISPs when they argue that, just as telecommunications service providers have not been held liable for the traffic...

      • Verizon Loses First Round With RIAA; ISPs Brace for More Subpoenas
        Sunday, June 01, 2003

        Publication:TelephonyTom Lewry is quoted in this article from the June 16, 2003, issue of Telephony about the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) seemingly cautious pursuit of Internet music piracy. Lewry commented, "(The RIAA) may be out looking for specific customers to take action against. What they really want to...

      • DMCA Creates Legal Exposure for Universities
        Wednesday, April 02, 2003

        Publication:DMCA AlertThomas Lewry was quoted in the April 2003 issue of the DMCA Alert regarding the difficulties new encrypted peer-to-peer software programs present to college IT managers responsible for enforcing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). "Encrypted and anonymous file-sharing programs like Filetopia can be a real problem for colleges...

      • Lawyer for MTU Student Says Grokster Decision Applies
        Tuesday, April 01, 2003

        Publication:RadioandRecords.comAn article in the April 28, 2003 PM Update on RadioandRecords.com quoted Tom Lewry about the decision by a Los Angeles federal judge that Grokster Ltd, StreamCast Networks Inc. and Kazaa BV are not liable for copyright infringement committed by users of their file-sharing software. "The courts (sic) ruling confirms...

        • Customs Brokerage Industry Narrowly Escapes Restructuring
          Monday, October 04, 2004

          Publication:Intellectual Property Litigation Reporter, Vol. 11, Issue 12On Aug. 5, 2004, U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman of the Eastern District of Michigan entered judgment against Ford Motor Co.'s former customs broker in a landmark case that received worldwide attention from the customs brokerage industry. Caught up in this multimillion-dollar...

          • Brooks Kushman & Clark Hill Attorneys to Host Entrepreneur Law Seminar October 29, 2015 at Automation Alley
            Tuesday, October 13, 2015

            Troy, MI – Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner, will present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs...

          • Brooks Kushman's Lewry Co-presents IP Webinar for U of M's College of Engineering
            Friday, June 14, 2013

            Trademark, copyright and patents lecture available on-demand now SOUTHFIELD, Mich., –, Brooks Kushman's Thomas Lewry, shareholder, recently co-presented a high-level online intellectual property (IP) lecture with Mohammed Islam, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan (U of M). The webinar, titled “IP: Trademark, Copyright & Patents,” is now...

          • Brooks Kushman's Lewry Discusses Use of Demonstrative Exhibits at DRI's IP Litigation Seminar
            Monday, April 22, 2013

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Thomas Lewry, shareholder at Brooks Kushman`s Detroit office, will present an “Introduction of Problem and Use of Exhibits Beyond Paper Exhibits” at DRI`s Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Seminar held at the InterContinental Chicago May 8 to 10. Lewry will be part of a panel with David Kelley, Ford...