John H. Thomas, Esq.
Patent Attorney Richmond, VA
John H. Thomas is a registered patent attorney in our Richmond, VA office (Registration Number 33,460) and has represented small and large clients across a broad range of technical fields for twenty years in both the creation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
John Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1983 where he received a degree in chemistry, and he is a 1986 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. He has spent his entire career in private practice with intellectual property law firms. From 1986 to 1996, he worked at Bell, Seltzer Park & Gibson, P.A. (now Alston & Bird) in Charlotte where he was partner and then moved to Richmond to build a practice there for Arlington-based Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C. In 2002, he branched out to open his own firm, which is now Thomas, Karceski & Karmilovich, P.C.
John Thomas has prepared, filed, and prosecuted hundreds of utility and design patent applications during his career, both domestic and foreign. Areas of familiarity include chemistry, primarily inorganic chemistry, petroleum additives, petroleum formulations, polymers including polymeric foams, sports equipment, fiber optic cables, industrial equipment including heat exchangers, web and thin film processing equipment, medical devices including devices and methods associated with laser vision correction, business methods, surgical devices, water processing equipment, construction tools and related devices, devices associated with orbital vehicles, and various consumer products, including food and beverage processors and dispensers. Complimenting his patent repertoire, John has prepared, filed, and prosecuted hundreds of trademark applications worldwide.
John Thomas also assists clients to enforce patent and trademark rights and to defend against suits involving patent and trademark rights. As one example, in March of 2010, John Thomas acted as lead counsel to successfully obtain a judgment for a client where a jury found the client’s asserted patents to be willfully infringed.
In addition to client matters, John is an adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams Law School where he teaches patent law. He was also selected as one of Virginia's best intellectual property lawyers by Virginia Business Magazine in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
John Thomas can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Jeffrey D. Karceski, Esq.
Patent Attorney Washington, DC
Jeffrey D. Karceski is a registered patent attorney in our Washington, DC office (Registration Number 35,914) who has represented both large and small clients in many technology areas. While Jeffrey’s primary area of practice involves patent prosecution and client counseling, he has been involved with the enforcement of intellectual property rights before U.S. District Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (Section 337 Investigations). Jeffrey also has assisted clients with Reexamination Proceedings and Interferences before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Jeffrey Karceski graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1988, where he received a degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering. Jeffrey graduated from the George Washington Law School in 1991. His career encompasses three law firms: (1) Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP (1991-1999), (2) Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (1999-2007), and (3) Barnes & Thornburg LLP (2007-2009). In addition to his experience in private practice, Jeffrey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he has been teaching a paralegal course in intellectual property since 1994.
Jeffrey Karceski has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of utility and design patent applications. Areas of technical familiarity include compositions of rubber materials, plastics, fuel additives, petroleum products, steels, and optic fiber materials. Jeffrey has prosecuted patent applications involving optics, recreational vehicles, airplanes, trains, automobiles, internal combustion engines, radio controlled toys, and petroleum distillation and refining.
Jeffrey Karceski also has been involved with patent applications directed to the construction of semiconductor components, plasma deposition of materials, photolithographic processes, hard disk drives, optical storage media, solid state memory (i.e., “thumb drives”), and computer monitors and televisions.
Jeffrey Karceski has experience preparing and filing software patents, business method patents, and patent applications that involve data processing, such as parallel processors for hand-held mobile devices, including “smart phones.”
Jeffrey Karceski concentrates his practice on patent prosecution, counseling, and opinion. He has prosecuted patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO), is familiar with international patent practice, and has prosecuted numerous applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Jeffrey assists clients to worldwide patent protection for their products. He also helps clients manage their portfolios.
Jeffrey Karceski clients on many aspects of patent law, including: patent drafting, prosecution before the United States Patent Office, assistance with prosecution before foreign patent offices, validity studies, infringement studies, product clearances, and patent clearances, among others.
Jeffrey Karceski can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey M. Karmilovich, Esq.
Patent Attorney Greenville, SC
Jeff Karmilovich is a registered patent attorney in our Greenville, SC office. His clients include local companies and multinational corporations. Jeff enjoys collaborating with his clients to develop and implement intellectual property strategies. He gets to know clients' business goals, the competitive environment, and the available budget in determining strong, sensible, and cost-effective courses of action.
Jeff works with clients to identify and protect their intellectual property assets. He has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent, trademark and copyright applications in the United States and worldwide. He has helped companies set up employee intellectual property assignment, confidentiality and invention disclosure tracking systems. He has also negotiated and drafted licenses and other technology and trademark transfer agreements for clients.
Jeff also assists clients during product development to avoid conflicts with the intellectual property rights of third parties. He experience shows that informed decision making about intellectual property issues - before introducing new products - minimizes risks of capital, business relationships and business interruption. His clients therefore seek his advice on right-to-practice issues related to new products. In this area of his practice, Jeff has prepared right-to-practice, non-infringement and invalidity opinions with regard to third-party patents and trademarks.
Jeff also audits company intellectual property portfolios in connection with merger and acquisition activities. He has prepared due diligence studies on behalf of buyers and sellers in such transactions. He has assisted in negotiating the terms of such agreements and in preparing the subsidiary agreements and schedules needed to close the transactions.
Jeff has also experience litigating patent, copyright and trademark issues in federal court. He has completed pre-litigation studies, prepared pleadings, conducted document discovery, taken and defended depositions, and appeared in court.
Jeff clients' technologies have included complex machinery, conveying and accumulating systems, robotics, optics, automotive and commercial vehicle components, telephony, micro-actuators, gas and electric home and garden appliances and vacuums, medical and surgical devices, woodworking machinery and tools, gas turbines and components, home appliances and components.
Jeff received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clemson University in 1987 and a law degree from George Washington University in 1991. He previously worked for intellectual property law firms in Washington, DC, from 1991-96, and in Greenville, SC, from 1996-2014. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and South Carolina, and has been admitted to practice before several federal district and appellate courts.
Jeff Karmilovich can be reached via e-mail at: JKarmilovich@ip-counsel.net
Amanda Callis is a legal assistant. Ms. Callis’ responsibilities include information technology, file retention, patent and trademark support, primarily patent and trademark prosecution, and general legal assistance.
Amanda Callis can be reached via email at:
Faith Russell is currently the Firm Administrator and Intellectual Property Practice Manager. Ms. Russell’s responsibilities include docketing, billing, accounting, collections, benefits, and legal assistance.
Faith Russell’s intellectual property experience encompasses more than two decades. Ms. Russell worked for (1) Foley & Lardner, LLP (1987-1989), (2) Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett& Dunner, LLP (1989-1999), and (3) Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C. (1999-2002) before helping to establish and build the firm that has become Thomas, Karceski & Karmilovich, P.C. (2002- present).
Faith Russell has considerable experience with patent and trademark filing and prosecution, both domestic and foreign. She has assisted with hundreds of patent and trademark filings and has developed considerable, first-hand knowledge of the procedures and rules associated with many intellectual property offices worldwide.
Faith Russell also provides assistance with litigation matters, which experience encompasses a broad spectrum of support activities.
Also serving as the assistant to Mr. John Thomas, Ms. Russell may be contacted if there are any general questions concerning matters for which Mr. Thomas is responsible. As the Firm Administrator, Faith Russell may be contacted at any time to address administrative matters including questions about billing and collection.
Faith Russell can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Jackie Barefoot is currently the firm’s Administrative Assistant and Billing Specialist. Her responsibilities include assistance with the prosecution of trademark applications worldwide. In addition, Jackie is responsible for assistance with the maintenance of several trademark portfolios.
Jackie Barefoot has been a legal assistant since 2000, when she joined an earlier version of Thomas, Karceski & Karmilovich, P.C. In the more than ten years as a legal and administrative assistant, Jackie has developed a respectable knowledge of the rules of practice associated with trademark filing and maintenance worldwide.
For general questions concerning trademark procedures, both domestic and foreign, Jackie may be contacted directly.
Jackie Barefoot can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz DiNorma began her career in 1989 with what is now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. After leaving Pillsbury, Liz worked for Shugrue Mion, PLLC before joining Thomas, Karceski & Karmilovich, P.C. in 2011. She has more than fifteen years of experience with domestic and foreign patent prosecution. In addition, Liz has been a manager of domestic and foreign patent prosecution departments during her career.
Liz DiNorma specializes in patent prosecution under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) and has developed considerable expertise in connection with the filing and prosecution of patent applications under the PCT.
During her career, Liz has assisted with the prosecution of hundreds of patent applications worldwide.
Also serving as the assistant to Jeffrey Karceski, Liz may be contacted if there are any general questions concerning matters for which Jeffrey Karceski is responsible.
For general questions concerning PCT procedures, Liz may be contacted directly.
Liz DiNorma can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Suzanne is an Intellectual Property Practice Manager whose responsibilities include patent and trademark prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as with our global partners. Suzanne joined Thomas, Karceski & Karmilovich, P.C. in April 2014.
Suzanne is a graduate of Furman University and began her IP career in 1998 as an Intellectual Property Resource and Manager with Fiberweb Nonwovens. As IP Manager, she partnered with senior management and outside legal counsel to develop the infrastructure and global initiative to strategically broaden Fiberweb’s IP portfolio. In 2008 Suzanne began work at an intellectual property law firm in Greenville, SC. Her combined 15 years of Intellectual Property experience provide her with an appreciation of developing and maintaining strong client relationships.