About Tom

Tom practices a broad spectrum of intellectual property law, but primarily focuses his work in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution and in rendering opinions on patent infringement and validity, freedom-to-market and due diligence for transactional matters.  Tom's patent preparation and prosecution is primarily in the chemical and semiconductor materials arts. He has extensive experience with materials such as lubricants, polymers, adhesives, rubbers, plastics and composites. Tom also has extensive experience in materials related to semiconductor devices for high speed computer processors and manufacturing techniques for a wide variety of semiconductor devices.

Tom represents clients with trademark selection, registration and maintenance, and in opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Tom was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law from 2003 to 2012, where he taught "Patent Law and Policy", "Patent Preparation and Prosecution" and Trademark Law.

Prior to attending law school, Tom worked for about fifteen years as a research, analytical and technical services chemist in addition to his experience as a chemical engineer. Mr. Adams's experience includes nine years as manager of distillery operations and, at the same time, manager of both quality assurance and environmental affairs at a rum distillery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tom's outside interests include ocean sailing and bicycling.  In the latter endeavor, Tom has racked up some 25,000 miles in the past 15 years. Tom served for eight years on the Board of Managers of Oakshore Green Condominium Association, Bratenahl, Ohio, and for four years on the Board of Directors of the Texas and Pacific Lofts Condominium Association in Fort Worth, Texas.


Locke, Liddell & Sapp, Houston, Texas (1996 to 1997) - Patent attorney.  Patent prosecution, licensing and counseling; litigation; opinions on patentability, validity and infringement.

Jones Day, Cleveland, Ohio (1993 to 1996) - Patent attorney.  Litigation: trial team member in patent infringement litigation.  Preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, validity, infringement, and patentability opinions.

Pearne & Gordon, Cleveland, Ohio (1990 to 1993) - Patent attorney, agent and law clerk.  


Professional Memberships

American Chemical Society

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association



Thomas W. Adams, Note, The 1988 Revision of 28 U.S.C. §1391(c): Corporate Venue is Now Equivalent to In Personam Jurisdiction - Effects on Civil Actions for Patent Infringement, 39 Clev. St. L. Rev. 357 (1991).

Thomas W. Adams, 26 U.S.C. § 71(f): Excess Front Loading Is Not As Bad As I.R.S. Would Have You Believe, 1 Ohio St. Bar Ass’n. General Practice Section News, Fall 1991 at 10.

Eckert, K.L., S.A. Eckert, T.W. Adams, A.D. Tucker,  Internesting Migrations by Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the West Indies, 45 Herpetologica 190 (1989).

 E.M. Gopalakrishna, T.W. Adams, W.H. Watson, T.J. Mabry, and M. Betkouski,  Glaucolide-E and -D, (0.7)C23H28O9  (0.3)C23H28O10, 6 Crystal Structure Comm. 208 (1977).

M. Betkouski, T.J. Mabry, T.W. Adams, W.H. Watson and S.B. Jones, Jr. Glaucolide-G, A New Germacranolide Sesquiterpene lactone from Vernonia leiocarpa DC (Compositae), 2 Revista Latinoamericana de Quimica 111 (1976).