John C. Thomas III

John C. Thomas III



John works closely with business owners to understand their concerns about protecting their major intellectual property assets. He has counseled national and international companies, both established and startup companies, on their issues with a broad range of intellectual property law.

Examples of Litigation Cases:
  • Copyright case for architectural work
  • Trademark Infringement for word marks in music industry
  • Trade dress, unfair competition, and trademark in fundraising and commercial retail business
  • Trade secret in bankruptcy case
  • Trademark Infringement in restaurant industry
  • Patent Infringement in construction industry
Examples of Patent Applications:
  • Builder’s hardware, commercial drainage equipment, dental surgical devices, power generation air quality, foam products in foam industry, medical imaging, transportation industry, coal and natural gas, drilling equipment, heart surgical devices, grinding tools, physical therapy devices, nanoparticles, novelty consumer goods, lighting devices, mailboxes, windows and ductwork
  • Filed both design patents and utility patents
  • Filed appeals to the Patent Board of Appeals
  • Filed Patent Cooperation Treaties (PCT )Applications
  • Filed U.S. National 371 Applications from International PCT Applications.
  • Filed Request for Reexamination
  • Filed applications of word marks, design marks, symbols, trade dress product configuration and certification marks
  • Filed Appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards
  • Filed Petition to Cancel
  • Filed Notice of Opposition
  • Worked on applications for and/or registered computer programs, websites, advertisements, books, game books, artwork, music, articles of manufacture.

  • Counseled lawyers and clients with all aspects of intellectual property issues including risk analysis, infringement positions, ownership issues, due diligence investigations and agreements.

Drafted the following types of agreements:
  • Licenses for Intellectual Property
  • Assignments of Intellectual Property
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Non-solicitation Agreements
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Ownership Agreements
  • Likeness Release
  • Video Production Agreements
  • Naming Rights Agreements

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for The Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Adjunct Professor Carnegie Mellon University — Intro to Intellectual Property Law 2010-Present
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • American Inns of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Duquesne Law School Alumni Association

  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D. cum laude – Duquesne Law Review, Associate Recent Decisions Editor
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Chemistry