Tom Kulik is a leading technology lawyer and Partner in Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. based in the firm’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. With a unique understanding of how intellectual property assets influence business, he strategically counsels clients as outside general counsel on matters involving the evaluation, acquisition, development and protection of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on creatively leveraging such assets both domestically and internationally.
Prior to matriculation in law school, he was an award-winning systems engineer for 3Com Corporation, where he was responsible for local and wide-area network architecture and design supporting both Fortune 500 and start-up companies in the computer services, financial and pharmaceutical industries. After law school, he was appointed to a one-year state judicial clerkship in New Jersey, after which he began private practice splitting his time as a litigation attorney and transactional counsel. Before being recruited to Texas in 1998, he was fortunate enough to act as the primary intellectual property counsel to a consortium of state entities in NJ, NY, PA and DE for the implementation of a $500M electronic toll collection system known as “E-ZPass®”.
Leveraging this industry experience, his practice combines business and technology by representing businesses in all forms of intellectual property acquisition, development, protection and transfer. C-Suite executive regularly seek his assistance and counsel in navigating the intersection of law, business and technology. His practice focuses on intellectual property, especially within the context of the IT transactions, computer software development/licensing, emerging Internet technologies (such as IoT), e-commerce, mobile application development, international privacy laws and technology disputes. He also oversees an extensive trademark preparation and prosecution practice, including both domestic and foreign trademark protection, Trademark Trial & Appeal Board oppositions, cancellations and appeals, as well as ICANN UDRP proceedings – a practice geared to protecting client’s brands in traditional media as well as in online/social media channels. A member of both the New Jersey and Texas bars, he remains involved in complex intellectual property litigation involving trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets.
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