Ray Thomas Jr.

Of Counsel

Ray’s focus is the practice of trademark law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  He has years of law firm experience in representing numerous domestic and international clients in various industries in connection with trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement and administrative litigation (i.e., opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO).

Ray currently serves as:  i) a voting-member of the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC); ii) a member of the International Trademark Association’s USPTO Subcommittee, which is under the Trademark Office Practices Committee; and iii) the Adjunct Assistant Professor & Supervising Attorney in charge of building, teaching, and supervising Howard University School of Law’s Intellectual Property and Trademark Clinic, which operates under the USPTO’s clinical certification program.

Ray previously served as:  i) an Attorney Advisor (Trademarks) at the USPTO; ii) an Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Attorney-Intern at the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition; and iii) a Trademark Examining Attorney-Intern at the USPTO.

Ray holds:  i) a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law and Government from American University, Washington College of Law, with certifications in both Intellectual Property Law and Policy and Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice; ii) a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, which included summer-studies in International Trade Law at McGill University, Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and iii) a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo.

Ray is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia (DC) and Maryland (MD).  He is also a registered Trade-mark Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.