San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Thomas E. Toner, Of Counsel
Intellectual property (IP) has the potential to be a company’s most valuable asset; however, companies do not always realize that they have some form of IP beyond a trademark or patent. Understanding how to identify and protect IP at an early stage is essential to building a business strategy that maximizes the value of your company’s intangible assets.
A Registered United States Patent Attorney, Thomas E. Toner focuses his legal practice on patent prosecution, copyright, trademark, trade secret and related technology litigation. His experience in patent prosecution includes medical devices, technology components, photolithography, electronics, MEMS, communications systems, computer hardware and software, Internet business methods, municipal and localized wastewater treatment and construction with a focus in therapies and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Tom has devoted his legal career to the practice of Intellectual Property, working closely with startups, established businesses and major research institutions such as the University of South Florida and Florida State University. The majority of his work has involved protecting and assisting in the commercialization of the Intellectual Property resulting from both private and university-generated research. As a result, Tom has become familiarized with the spectrum of Intellectual Property issues facing businesses in the Florida area as well as technology transfer and commercialization.
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2003)
- University of Central Florida (B.S. in Biology, 1996)
- The Florida Bar, 2003
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Certifications, Memberships and Activities
- Association of University Technology Managers
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Florida Bar: Business Law Section
- American Bar Association
When & Where
USF CONNECT is the business and economic development initiative of the University of South Florida (USF) that provides support for technology start-ups and serves as the point of entry for companies looking to do business with USF.
- Drives economic development through several programs including Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), Student Innovation Incubator (SII), and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s (The Corridor) Matching Grants Research Program
- Unites technology and talent with businesses throughout a 23 county region, providing access to top-tier research, faculty, students, inventors, local organizations, economic development councils, supporting industry and capital funding sources
- Facilitates the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle by providing professional amenities and resources for successful business development and technology commercialization