Tom Watson is an intellectual property associate in the San Diego office with experience representing clients in both litigation and transactions relating to the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights.

Mr. Watson represents name-brand companies across industries in IP litigation involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and breach of contract claims. He has successfully represented clients in both trial and motion practice, with experience in initial investigations of intellectual property enforcement all the way through trial and appeal.

Mr. Watson has worked with clients in a diverse range of technology areas and industries, including;

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology and diagnostics
  • Medical devices
  • Battery manufacturing
  • Spectrometry
  • Internet and digital media
  • Software

Mr. Watson regularly provides transactional advice to biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies to help them utilize their intellectual property. He also represents various buyers, sellers, investment banks, and other financial institutions in performing business, scientific, and intellectual property due diligence for private and public financings and mergers and acquisitions of life science companies.

Mr. Watson is active in the firm’s pro bono program representing asylum applicants and military veterans.

 Mr. Watson’s representative clients include:

  • Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec Grp. Holdings Ltd., securing a complete defense victory in a patent infringement jury trial regarding wide-view automotive mirror technology. Won jury verdict invalidating all asserted patents
  • Philip Morris Products S.A., obtaining a jury trial victory in a patent infringement dispute related to handheld e-vaping devices. Won successful infringement and validity verdicts regarding all asserted patents
  • Peloton Interactive, Inc. in a patent suit in the District of Delaware and in related proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • LG Chem, Inc. in trade secret dispute brought against competitor involving electric vehicle lithium-ion battery technology in co-pending matters before the International Trade Commission and the District of Delaware
  • Par Sterile Products, LLC, in ANDA patent infringement suit regarding the drug product Adrenalin; obtained complete trial victory
  • Affymetrix, Inc. in patent litigation relating to fluorescent dyes for usage in flow cytometry
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in patent and tortious interference litigations relating to medical devices
  • Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc., served as part of the trial team in ANDA patent infringement suit regarding multibillion-dollar film drug product
  • Craigslist, Inc. in a web-scraping case with approximately 20 causes of action, including Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, against several defendants
  • Symantec Corp. in patent litigation involving software technology; obtained summary judgment invalidating patents
  • Entrepreneur Media, Inc., and several other technology, fashion, and consumer product companies in numerous trademark infringement lawsuits, countless enforcement actions, worldwide trademark filings, and global trademark portfolio management
  • Lyft, Inc. in a breach of contract and fiduciary duty lawsuit, in the California Superior Court of San Francisco, against an Uber executive for retaining Lyft’s confidential information after resigning from Lyft and soliciting Lyft employees
  • National medical device firm in negotiating content manufacturing, purchase, and license agreements with several of the largest healthcare providers in the industry
  • National pharmaceutical companies in drafting and negotiating confidentiality and licensing agreements, as well as conducting due diligence for multimillion-dollar intellectual property acquisitions

Thought Leadership

  • Authored, “Carbons Into Bytes” Patented Chemical Compound Protection in the Virtual World, 12 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 25, 2014

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2014
    cum laude
  • BA in Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 2011
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish