Tom Makin focuses his practice on patent litigation, both in federal court and before the International Trade Commission. He also manages significant inter partes proceedings before the Patent & Trademark Office incident to, or in lieu of, litigation. And, he counsels clients on a broad spectrum of patent issues, including infringement, invalidity, and unenforceability; the relative value of patents in specific technical fields; and licensing issues, including in the context of bankruptcy.
Mr. Makin has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases involving a wide range of technologies, including automotive and aircraft safety and propulsion systems; smartphones and telematics systems; e-commerce applications; imaging and video systems, including cameras, displays, and medical devices; and semiconductor fabrication and circuitry.
Mr. Makin’s clients in these areas include Toyota, Elpida Memory, Olympus, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Airbus, Fan Vision Entertainment, and Fresh Direct. Other clients that he has represented include Fisher-Price, Sony, Protex Security Systems, and Magnetar Capital.