Laura A. Thomas
1901 Harrison Street, Suite 1420
Oakland, CA 94612
Laura Thomas counsels clients in intellectual property, commercial and bankruptcy litigation, as well as patent portfolio strategy and commercial contract negotiation and drafting. Ms. Thomas has represented clients in State and Federal Court, and has experience at both the trial court and appellate levels. She has significant experience in pre-litigation counseling, working with her clients to assess their strategic options under existing licensing agreements or other contracts. She has substantial experience in a variety of business disputes, including patent, fraud, breach of contract, and bankruptcy. She also frequently counsels clients in relation to patent licensing deals, both in the litigation and pre-litigation contexts. Ms. Thomas additionally has experience in providing freedom-to-operate opinions in the medical device area, and routinely consults with clients in relation to patent portfolio strategy, including prosecution strategy, third party portfolio analyses, opposition and reexaminations.
Ms. Thomas represented Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in a successful appeal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Board to the Federal Circuit, where the Court found that the Board had incorrectly construed claim limitations in two patents during reexamination. She has assisted clients with a short term need for "in-house" counsel by managing patent prosecution (including managing other outside counsel), as well as assisting with contract negotiation and analysis. She represented a large group of syndicated lenders in In re Adelphia Communications Corp., counseling her clients during the bankruptcy and confirmation of two plans, and continuing on to a successful resolution through appeals to the District Court and Second Circuit. Ms. Thomas was also part of a trial team on a three-month patent trial in District Court, resulting in a favorable verdict for her client.
Ms. Thomas obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained her J.D. from Maurer School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Thomas is a board member on the Maurer School of Law LGBT Advisory Board.