Tom Pease is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office who concentrates his law practice on intellectual property disputes, including patent and antitrust litigation relating to standard essential patents or SEPs subject to FRAND obligations. Tom has taken a leading role litigating multiple cases involving patents that were subject to the IPR policies of ETSI, 3GPP, IEEE, H.264, JEDEC and other standard setting bodies. He has also served as lead counsel in patent and trade secret cases involving a wide range of technologies outside the context of standards, as well as in cases involving design patents and trade secrets.
Tom has been recognized as a top patent litigator in the IAM Patent 1000guide for the past five years, with the publication recently noting that Tom is a “five-star attorney” and “master strategist,” who is "brilliant at the intersection of patent and antitrust law" and "the man to call in a standard setting context." For the past three years, Tom has also been recognized for “his licensing expertise in connection with standard-essential patents” in recognition of the numerous FRAND licenses that he has negotiated.
Tom has also been “highly recommended” for his patent litigation work in The Legal 500 and was listed again as a top-rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in New York in the current edition of Superlawyers.
Tom also has extensive licensing and counseling experience. He has designed and implemented patent procurement and licensing programs for numerous clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. In that regard, Tom has traveled around the world to help clients assert their patents both within and outside the context of litigation and arbitration, and has negotiated numerous license agreements including several FRAND licenses based on portfolios that include SEPs. Tom has also represented clients in connection with DOJ, FTC and DG Comp. investigations.
Tom has litigated and tried several high profile cases in the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Southern District of New York, and several other venues. He also has extensive experience coordinating multi-front litigations pending in various jurisdictions around the world, including the ITC where he regularly appears. Tom prides himself on helping the firm's clients to achieve their objectives as cost-efficiently as possible, whether through pre-suit negotiations, early dispute resolution after the filing of a strong Complaint or Answer, or after a full trial or arbitration.