Thomas J. Brindisi, Miami Intellectual Property Lawyer
Mr. Brindisi is an intellectual property (‘IP’) lawyer with over two decades of experience, numerous close connections in the profession, a proclivity for staying up to date on the law, a deep-seated ethic for serving clients, and a focus on tailoring his services to the needs of each client.
Since graduating law school in 1994, Mr. Brindisi has exclusively practiced IP law. His first seven years of practice were at the West Coast’s then-largest IP firm (Lyon & Lyon), primarily prosecuting and litigating patents. He also rendered numerous complicated opinions on patent validity and infringement, performed IP evaluations relating to due diligence, drafted and negotiated technology licensing and transfer agreements, and developed strategy with clients in such matters. In addition to the courts listed below, his experience included matters in the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Brindisi led or played the primary substantive role in successful motions for summary judgment in “make or break the company” cases, and successfully defended victories at the federal court of appeals.
When Lyon & Lyon foundered in 2002 Mr. Brindisi opened his own practice in Los Angeles, prosecuting domestic and international patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office, rendering opinions on the validity and infringement of issued patents, providing patent litigation consulting and support, drafting and reviewing licensing agreements and various other agreements involving IP, evaluating IP targeted for possible acquisition, and providing second opinions and opinions on ethical matters for other IP firms. In 2013, Mr. Brindisi moved his practice to South Florida.
Mr. Brindisi obtained his J.D. at the University of Baltimore, cum laude, where he concurrently served as editor-in-chief of the Intellectual Property Law Journal and associate comment editor on the Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in chemical engineering with a biomedical engineering option, attending as a National Merit Finalist with a four-year partial scholarship.
Mr. Brindisi’s technical subject matter expertise includes mechanical, electrical, chemical, biological, medical, pyrotechnical, aerospace, cryptography, hardware, software, and networks.
Mr. Brindisi is admitted to the following courts and bars:
- California State Bar (1994 exam)
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (1995 exam)
- U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California (each in 1996)
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits (each in 1997)
- Florida State Bar (2015)
- U.S. Supreme Court (2016)
Mr. Brindisi’s publications include Dealing with the Willfulness Issue, Including Bifurcation Motion Practice, Patent Litigation 1996, II:151 (PLI) (co-authored with Robert C. Weiss).
Representative U.S. Patents and Applications
- Design: D627,988 & D645,040
- Mechanical: 6,550,739
- Chemical: 6,964,715
- Pyrotechnic: 7,004,071 & 7,239,225
- Lighting: 8,872,420
- Electronic: 7,577,756 & 7,107,908
- Cryptography: 9,258,129 & 2017/0149572
Patents and applications written and prosecuted by Mr. Brindisi have been the subject of acquisitions by companies including Google and Analog Devices.
Reported Federal Court Cases
117 F. Supp. 2d 989 (C.D. Cal. 2000) (granting client’s motion for summary judgment of patent invalidity)
131 F. Supp. 2d 1171 (C.D. Cal. 2001) (finding patent case exceptional and awarding client attorney fees)
269 F.3d 1340 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (dismissing adversary’s appeal of attorney fees award)
270 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (affirming summary judgment of invalidity)
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