Thomas Y. Ho focuses his practice on advising companies in the areas of patent procurement, patent portfolio management, opinions, due diligence, client counseling, and licensing. Thomas has worked closely with a wide array of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, to protect their innovations and further their business objectives through the strategic use of IP.
Thomas has extensive experience developing and managing global patent portfolios for companies, and over the course of many years has successfully prepared and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications. He also works closely with foreign counsel in many countries to procure patents for companies in key markets abroad.
Thomas’s technical experience covers a broad range of technology areas, such as: heavy equipment systems, medical devices, industrial machinery, heat exchange systems, wearables, networked devices, and computer-implemented processes, amongst other technology areas.
Thomas joined Bookoff McAndrews after serving as a patent practitioner for six years at a large international IP firm, and serving as a patent examiner for five years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). During his time as a patent examiner, he examined U.S. and international patent applications in several technical disciplines. To the IP portfolios of the companies he works with, Thomas brings to bear his in-depth knowledge of the workings of the USPTO and extensive experience and understanding of how to move an application through the process.
- Developed and managed global patent portfolios covering key product lines of leading medical device, heavy machinery, and industrial machinery companies.
- Successfully implemented an aggressive IP strategy for a startup medical device company, resulting in the development of a robust patent portfolio in a short timeframe and helping the company secure multiple rounds of venture capital funding.
- Built an IP strategy from the ground up with the founders of a wearables technology company, and helped guide the company through its acquisition by a global leader in the field.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2008
- Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Industrial Engineering, 2001
- Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for intellectual property, 2016-2018.
- Author. “A Reminder that Obviousness Does Have Limits – University of Maryland v. Presens,” BoMc Blog, March 7, 2018.
- Author. “From Lead to Gold: Spotting Patents Ripe for a Turnaround,” InsideCounsel, January 21, 2016.
- Author. “Post-grant Proceeding and the Doctrine of Intervening Rights,” BoMc Blog, July 8, 2015.
- Coauthor. “The Freedom-To-Operate Is A Freedom Worth Pursuing,” Law360, October 24, 2013.