Tom Polcyn

Firm: Thompson Coburn LLP
Location: St. Louis - MO

  • One US Bank Plaza
    St. Louis, MO 63101
  • Tel : 314 552 6331
  • Fax : 314 667 3633

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world’s largest consumer products companies and service providers, with a focus on IP portfolio management, licensing and enforcement. He is the co-chair of Thompson Coburn’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Tom has spent his career helping companies protect their brands across the country and around the world. He excels at building strong, transparent relationships with in-house legal teams, and developing streamlined processes for IP management and enforcement that provide clear oversight of global IP portfolios and greater predictability for legal expenses.

As chair of Thompson Coburn’s IP group, Tom leads an experienced intellectual property team that focuses on strategic counseling, global IP portfolio management, licensing, enforcement, brand protection and dispute resolution for some of the world’s best-known consumer products companies and service providers. Their priority for each client is to design and implement long-term strategies for securing and maintaining the maximum protection and value of intellectual property assets.

Tom has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications both domestically and internationally, covering a broad range of technical disciplines, including electric motor technology, industrial valve technology, sheet metal processing technology, vehicle drive systems, ballistic armor systems and business methods. Before attending law school, Tom studied mechanical engineering and worked with an environmental engineering consulting firm.

In his extensive work on international trademarks, Tom has prosecuted trademark applications in nearly 200 countries, and led work on trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings globally. Tom regularly negotiates and drafts license agreements, settlement agreements and other agreements relating to the domestic and international intellectual property rights of his clients.

Thompson Coburn LLP

The Thompson Coburn St. Louis office, with more than 250 attorneys located in the heart of downtown, is one of the premier practices in the Midwest.

With diverse areas of concentration, ranging from corporate and tax counseling to all types of litigation, we provide our clients representation on a wide range of matters affecting their interests both domestically and abroad. Few firms in this region can offer from a single location the depth and diversity of talent we offer in our St. Louis office.

Our professionals work closely with the attorneys in our offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Southern Illinois. This provides our clients access to the depth of experience available in St. Louis and the benefits of our Midwest-based cost structure. Our clients also benefit from our central location, which affords us quick access to any area in the continental U.S.

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