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Andrew N. Thomases

Andrew N. Thomases

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Andrew N. Thomases
Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Patent and Other Complex IP Litigation

Andrew Thomases is a member of Skadden’s Patent Litigation Group, recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.” He has more than 18 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. He has achieved numerous successes for companies in areas of medical devices, computer technology, semiconductors, analog circuits, wireless technology and wafer fabrication tools, among other areas.

His first-chair trial experience includes a successful ITC case for Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor device company, and two appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He obtained a $50 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of medical device maker Medtronic Inc. - one of 2009’s largest plaintiff verdicts in California. He has extensive experience in the Eastern District of Texas, the districts of California and the District of Delaware.

Mr. Thomases has been recognized as a leading lawyer in patent litigation by Chambers USA:?America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been named among the “Top IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. He also has been recognized by The Legal 500 (U.S.) for his record of successfully representing clients before the ITC.

He writes and speaks frequently on patent litigation issues, including ITC practice. Recently, he has spoken about “Patent Litigation and Trends in Non-Practicing Entities” at a conference in Taiwan and Practising Law Institute; “RAND in the Courts” at a Berkeley Center for Law and Technology seminar; “Essential Questions About Standard-Essential Patents” at the Advanced Patent Institute;” and “The New Meaning of ‘Domestic Industry’ and Why NPEs are Filing in the ITC” at the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel’s annual “All Hands” meeting. He has created CLE presentations on ITC issues for Law.com, and he gave the keynote address on “Hot Topics in Life Sciences Patent Litigation” at Skadden’s annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference.

Previously, he was a law clerk for the Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Thomases is co-chair of the board of directors of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, a nonprofit, pro bono services agency that provides legal assistance to low income residents of East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park
and the surrounding areas. 


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1994 (with honors)
  • B.A., Physics, Amherst College, 1990 (magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Intellectual Property Section, California State Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

Government Service

Law Clerk, Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger III; U.S. Court of Appeals; Federal Circuit (1994-95)


  • “Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Induced Infringement of Method Claims,” Skadden, Arps client alert, Sept. 6, 2012
  • “Delaware Corporations May Be Able to Transfer Patent Cases Out of Delaware District Court More Easily,” Skadden, Arps client alert, Dec. 12, 2011
  • “A Potential Gap in the ITC’s Authority: Method of Use Claims,” Landslide, Vol. 1 No. 6, July/August 2009
  • “The ITC’s Pilot Mediation Program for 337 Investigations: A Primer,” IP?Law & Business, Oct. 20, 2009

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