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Thomas C. McDonough

Thomas C. McDonough

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

As a registered patent attorney, Thomas C. McDonough represents and counsels individuals and corporations on intellectual property issues, including patent filings, patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters, and foreign and domestic trademark protection. Tom also has significant experience in licensing matters, including drafting and negotiating software licenses, patent and trademark licenses and transfers and confidentiality agreements. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, trade dress andcopyrightinfringementactions.

Tomhas extensive experience in the mechanical and electromechanical fields, where he has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications. His particular focus has related to hydraulic drive systems, transaxles, pumps, motors and related control systems, differentials and gearing systems, vehicle engines, rail transportation equipment, automotive components and systems, snow throwers, agricultural equipment, and kitchen and household products.

Tom is recognized as a leader in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in “Intellectual Property”). He is AV Peer Review rated (the highestpossiblerating) viathe Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Tomhas alsobeenselected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013. He is recognized as a “client service leader” in the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2010 report (within “Intellectual Property”). Tom earned his B.S., with honors, in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He received his J.D., with honors, from University of Wisconsin Law School where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Tom is a member of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Pro Bono Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Associate Review Committee.

Court Admissions and Appearances:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Practice Areas:

  • Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Enforcement
  • Patent Counseling & Prosecution
  • Copyright, Trademarks & Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property Transfers & Licensing


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., with honors, 1988
  • Universityof Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign, B.S., with honors, 1985

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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