Thomas Franklin

Shareholder, Patent Attorney



Education Details

B.S Electrical and Computer Engineering
San Diego State University  (1990) 

University Of San Diego School Of Law


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1998)
U.S. Supreme Court


Tom focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual capital management with more than 25 years of experience with IP. He is experienced in IP audits, due diligence, and strategic planning processes. Through an IP Asset Management plan, he tailors strategy to business goals, competitive pressures, and funding constraints to leverage intangible assets with intellectual property. Tom uses IP protection to maintain the dominance of large companies or assist smaller enterprises who are vying to dominate.

Tom’s technical experience broadly covers the areas of software, health tech, blockchain, Internet technology, fintech, content delivery, business methods, clean technology, circuit design, imaging arrays, cryptographic design, telecommunications, and electronic design tools, wireless communications, networking, and telemetry systems.

Before entering the field of law, Tom spent nine years working in semiconductor fabrication facilities at the Naval Ocean Systems Center and Hughes Aircraft and several more as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin (now L3 Communications). At L3 Communications, he managed engineering projects involving the design of complex wireless data links, ASIC/FPGA design, digital circuits, satellite transponders, and encrypted data links.

Tom brings more than 25 years of experience as a patent attorney recently arriving from one of the largest patent firms where he was a senior partner. He has a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from San Diego State University, summa cum laude. Prior to his legal career, Tom worked for eight years in the semiconductor, imaging array, and high-speed communication fields. His last engineering role was as senior engineer at L3 Communications managing a team of ASIC/FPGA and software engineers developing encrypted data links for government customers. He is a member of the Colorado, D.C., and patent bars.

Tom is widely recognized including with Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business that recognized Tom in 2022 and the six years preceding as “a brilliant and intelligent attorney who knows IP law inside out.” The Best Lawyers in America® listed him in 2023 and the eight years immediately preceding for patent law. Tom was recognized as an “IP Star” in 2022 and the seven years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In 2020, Tom was recommended by Legal 500 US for Patent Prosecution. He is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada from Lexology and the International Law Office. Tom was recognized as a top patent practitioner in 2022 and the nine years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000. In 2023 and the six years immediately preceding, he was listed in the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. In 2023, Tom was recognized as an IAM Strategy 300 Global Leader. Tom was recognized as a Colorado “Super Lawyer” in 2023 and the eight years immediately preceding for intellectual property by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2020, he was selected by Law Week Colorado to its “Barrister’s Best” list as the “People’s Choice” for Best IP Non-Litigator. Tom was named Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by Law Week Colorado for the successful effort to bring a Regional Patent and Trademark Office to the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver to fulfill his vision of a nationwide workforce of the brightest and best examiners. The San Diego State University Alumni Association recognized and honored Tom with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering.