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Thomas Moga

Member, Dykema Gossett

Thomas T. Moga, Member at Dykema Gossett, has more than 30 years’ experience in domestic and international IP portfolio development and enforcement. A pioneer in protecting and enforcing IP rights in China, Tom has represented foreign companies there since the 1980s. He is an experienced patent prosecutor in the mechanical, chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical arts and testifies as an expert witness in patent disputes.

As an IP portfolio developer, Tom’s experience includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios primarily through the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for filing in the United States and abroad.

He also oversees a team that specializes in receiving and filing patent applications with the USPTO on behalf of foreign applicants.  The U.S. filing team includes experienced attorneys, paralegals, and a China-born engineer who was a patent examiner with China’s patent office (CNIPA).

Tom’s experience also includes the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, and policy development both at home and abroad.

In the arena of IP rights enforcement, Tom manages a team responsible for patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, primarily in Asia, through the identification, monitoring, and halting of counterfeiting activity. Specific activities of the anti-counterfeiting team include:

  • identifying unauthorized advertising and sales activity on the internet;
  • monitoring and charting such activity in order to develop an anti-counterfeiting action plan;
  • overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation once infringers are identified;
  • selecting and working with local investigators;
  • selecting and working with local counsel;
  • preparing administrative and judicial documents; and
  • participating in raids.

Tom was a Fulbright Scholar in China, where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s patent office. Tom was a visiting foreign expert in law at Xiamen University, China, and worked as a foreign legal expert for a patent and trademark law office in Taipei.

Tom is past board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Fulbright Association, and the Fulbright Academy.

In 2018, Tom was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC 13).

As the only representative on the committee for the U.S. automotive industry, Tom’s contributions include analyzing national trade positions and providing advice on a broad array of trade issues as they relate to IP for both the White House (by way of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) and the Department of Commerce in pursuit of trade agreements that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy.

Past Events with Thomas Moga

IPWatchdog LIVE 2021

September 12-14, 2021