Shearman & Sterling LLP multinational law firm headquartered in New York City, United States.

Tom Makin is a partner in Litigation practice and is based in the New York office.  He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, in state and federal court and before the International Trade Commission. He also participates in patent review proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office, and counsels clients regarding both substantive patent law and patent valuation and licensing issues.

Tom represents plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of technological fields: software, vehicular safety and propulsion systems, LEDs, smartphone applications, rechargeable batteries, imaging systems, medical devices, and semiconductor fabrication and circuitry.

He has been recognized for excellence in practice from a number of legal publications, including the 2015 editions of The Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.  IAM Patent 1000 notes that “Thomas Makin is the subject of effusive praise: ‘His knowledge of case law is something to behold and he has a great imagination, always willing to look at things in different ways and come up with new ideas. He takes the time to understand your patents (and other intellectual property), and does things when he says he’s going to do them. He exhibits real mental fortitude.’”

Tom’s clients have included Denso, LG Electronics, McGraw Hill, Nichia, Olympus, SS&C and Toyota.