Law School/Year: J.D., University of San Diego, 1997
College/Year: B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University, 1990
Colorado, 1997; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
Intellectual Property; Patent, Trademark & Copyright
Tom Franklin uses patent protection to assist large companies maintaining their dominance and assist startups vying to dominate. He regularly pursues re-examinations and appeals with the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Representative clients include Cadence Design Systems Inc., Cubic Corp., Limelight Networks and Starz Entertainment LLC.
Franklin is a partner in the full-service intellectual property firm of Townsend and Townsend and Crew. Townsend is one of the largest firms specializing in IP, with a 150-year history and nearly 200 lawyers in eight different offices. Franklin supports a national practice where he splits his time between the Townsend offices in Denver and San Diego, which he co-manages.
With more than a dozen years in private practice, Franklin specializes in strong patent protection for high-tech companies in the electronic and software fields. He regularly performs due diligence, patent portfolio development, expedited patent protection and more to efficiently achieve his clients goals. Prior to practicing law, Franklin spent eight years as an engineer with Hughes Electronics and a senior engineer with L3 Communications and Lockheed Martin.
Franklin is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association and San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association (SDIPLA).
He regularly speaks on various IP topics including trade secrets, patent license negotiations, IP strategies, U.S. Patent Office appeals, timing of IP Protection, patent reform, the intersection of IP and Sox, corporate protection of intangible assets and more.
Franklin serves on the Advisory Boards of San Diego State University, College of Engineering, where he received his technical degree. He also is on the advisory council of Bard Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Colorado. He is involved with the DaVinci Institute futurist think tank as part of the advisory board and its annual Inventor Showcase event.
When not chasing after his three young kids, Franklin enjoys rough water swimming, ocean kayaking, scuba diving, hiking and snowboarding. He was born and raised in San Diego.