Honorable Thomas Giannetti
Lead Administrative Patent Judge
Patent Trial and Appeal Board US Patent and Trademark Office
THE HONORABLE THOMAS L. GIANNETTI is a Lead Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He joined the Board in March 2012 after a practicing IP law in New York City for over 34 years. He was an associate and then partner at Fish & Neave for 25 years, and thereafter a partner at Jones Day New York for nine years. While in private practice he specialized in patent infringement trials and related matters involving computers, electronics, and other complex technologies. He graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, and also holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Prior to law school he was an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He is currently a member of the trial section of the Board and has been assigned to manage a number of AIA proceedings. He was also a member of the team that worked on the final rules for those proceedings and the trial practice guide. He is a member of the ABA, AIPLA, NYIPLA, Federal Circuit, and New York City Bar Associations. He currently divides his time between New York City and Alexandria, Virginia.