IP Litigation Partner Thomas J. Speiss Joins Stradling Yocca (Los Angeles)

The placement of Thomas J. Speiss with Stradling Yocca in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Speiss’ practice focuses on trademarks, copyrights and domain names, intellectual property litigation, and intellectual property.

Mr. Speiss is lead outside intellectual property counsel for several companies, principally handling global intellectual property portfolios. He specializes in branding strategy, IP portfolio management, trademark prosecution, due diligence matters and the resolution of related disputes. In addition to providing strategic legal advice and guidance to his clients, Tom also leverages the skills he developed as a news reporter and learned while earning his M.B.A. He also further quarterbacks his clients’ remaining intellectual property and business needs, internally managing those relationships.

Mr. Speiss’s clients include a host of energetic and successful businesses such as ‘SC startups (Arthur) Dogswell, which is a leading purveyor of holistic pet food and pet treats, New Deal Studios, which has worked on such Oscar-winning films as “Hugo” and “Inception,” and Carver Skateboards. He also represents professional athletes and entrepreneurs Rob Dyrdek and Randy Couture in their myriad intellectual property-related endeavors.

While Tom seeks non-litigation resolutions for his clients, he has about 15 years of experience litigating intellectual property disputes.  Prior to attending law school, Tom was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he principally covered events in the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Tom has taught and lectured at UCLA on several occasions, including as part of the:

J.D./M.B.A. program, where he guest taught a class titled “Counseling Emerging Technology and Startup Companies”

California NanoSystems Institute, where he participated as a guest lecturer in the Incubator Seminar Series

Story Development Workshop, UCLA Extension

Department of Economics, where he discussed the franchise valuation of, and salary cap issues faced by, the Los Angeles Lakers

This spring, Tom will co-teach an undergraduate course in UCLA’s Department of Economics concerning sports business and the law, concentrating on action sports. He spoke as part of the 2012 BLUE Ocean Film Festival, which took place in Monterey, and will speak at an upcoming American Intellectual Property Law Association conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

Tom has been named one of Southern California’s legal “Rising Stars” in Intellectual Property law on several occasions. He has authored numerous articles concerning trademark, branding and licensing in the sports, entertainment and apparel spaces.