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Overview

Tom works with engineers, innovators, corporate executives and in-house legal teams on a daily basis to develop strategies to protect their valuable IP.

For 30 years Tom has helped companies of all sizes protect their intellectual property assets from early-stage product development through to commercialization and corporate transactions. He routinely works with in-house patent attorneys to manage patent portfolios, advise on protection strategies, and maximize the value of their innovations. Tom has deep experience in building large intellectual property portfolios for innovator companies.

Clients appreciate Tom’s sound judgment, practical approach and his ability to distill difficult concepts into actionable advice. He serves as outside general counsel to several clients and brings that business-centered perspective to his IP work.

Tom frequently provides legal opinions during the product development process and works closely with in-house IP attorneys and engineering and product managers to determine if their concepts are patentable prior to expending the time and cost of filing for patent protection. He also manages IP due diligence in the deal setting, offering a wealth of experience evaluating intellectual property assets included in M&A transactions to assess their strategic value, their ability to be integrated into existing product lines, and their potential for opening new areas of business for his clients.

Tom’s clients span multiple industries. He has represented companies in heavy equipment manufacturing, financial services and the software service (SaaS) sector. He has particular experience with machine-control systems and software, including various applications for autonomous machine operation, Internet of Things (IoT), and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Prior to entering law, Tom worked as a field service engineer for a manufacturer of medical devices, providing him with the perspective needed to develop practical, real-world legal solutions for his clients over the course of his 30 years in private practice.

Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Intellectual Property Law, 2009-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year,” Milwaukee Intellectual Property Litigation, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year,” Milwaukee Trademark Law, 2013
  • Finance Monthly Magazine Fintech Awards, Winner in the Category of Technology, Data Privacy, 2022

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
  • B.S., Marquette University
    • Engineering (Biomedical Electronics and Software Track)

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
News Releases | July 11, 2022
Tom Miller Joins Husch Blackwell's Intellectual Property Group

Veteran intellectual property lawyer Tom Miller has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in its Milwaukee office and Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group.

Outside the Office

Outside the office Tom enjoys spending time with family, doing crossword puzzles with his wife (Kitty), reading, golfing, biking, skiing, hunting and scuba diving.

Community Leadership
  • Advisory Member, Board of Directors, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Zoological Society of Milwaukee (2019–present)

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