Thomas E. Anderson


Anderson, Thomas E.

Thomas Anderson’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property practice and has represented and counseled clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including intellectual property asset acquisition, management, transaction, enforcement, and litigation matters. Mr. Anderson represents clients in patent litigation matters in various jurisdictions across the country, and also represents clients in complex patent prosecution matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including petitions, appeals, reexaminations, reissues, inter partes reviews, interferences, protests, and public use proceedings.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Anderson was a partner at another law firm in Washington DC where he focused on securing, managing, and enforcing domestic and foreign intellectual property rights, preparing opinions on intellectual property related assets, and counseling clients on a broad range of intellectual property related matters. Before obtaining his law degree, Mr. Anderson worked as a design engineer for General Electric Company.

Publications & News


December 23, 2016

Patent Owners’ Options After Claims are Cancelled in AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

An article by Thomas Anderson and Bo Han, published by Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, discusses options for patent owners after claims are canceled in the American Invents Act post-grant proceedings.

November 1, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Kaprica Security in Acquisition by Samsung

WilmerHale Partner Tom Anderson served as Kaprica's intellectual property counsel on the transaction, which was recently reported on by The Deal.

December 17, 2014

USPTO Issues Updated Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued updated guidance laying out the USPTO’s interpretation of the subject matter eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. 101. 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, 79 Fed. Reg. 74618 (Dec. 16, 2014).

October 23, 2013

USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Implementation of the Patent Law Treaty

On October 21, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published final rules for implementing the Patent Law Treaty.

July 5, 2011

Thomas E. Anderson Joins WilmerHale's Intellectual Property Department

Recent Highlights

In recent years, Mr. Anderson’s work has included the following matters: 

  • Represented major smartphone manufacturer in patent infringement litigations in US District Courts and before the International Trade Commission involving multiple patents
  • Prosecuted multiple original and reissue patents before the USPTO that have been successfully litigated resulting in multi-million dollar royalty payments
  • Served as lead litigation counsel for a defendant in a patent infringement action involving biometric scanner technologies
  • Represented defendants as lead counsel in a matter involving interactive voice response technology in a consolidated multi-district patent infringement litigation
  • Represented client in multiple patent reexamination proceedings before the USPTO to achieve estoppel benefits in concurrent patent infringement litigations
  • Obtained a successful motion to transfer suit for a client in a patent infringement and interference action
  • Representation of a complainant in an ongoing infringement investigation before the International Trade Commission, successfully appealing order imposing sanctions and moving for sanctions against respondent for violation of protective order
  • Successfully represented defendant in a patent infringement action involving financial services technology, resulting in jury verdict of non-infringement of patent and patent invalidity

Professional Activities

Mr. Anderson is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition, Mr. Anderson is a member of the American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Patent Office Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and is the past president of the Patent Lawyers Club of Washington.


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JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1995

MS, Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1989

BS, Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1986

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


New York

United States Patent and Trademark Office

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