Shearman And Sterling

Tom Makin is a partner in Shearman’s Litigation group, based in New York.  Tom focuses on intellectual property litigation, in federal and state court and before the ITC.  He participates in post-grant proceedings before the PTO, 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: vehicular safety, propulsion, and control systems, including for electric and hybrid vehicles; semiconductor circuitry, fabrication, and packaging—including for DRAM and LEDs; rechargeable battery systems, including chemistry and cooling; and medical devices and software.  

He has been recognized in a number of legal publications including The Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000.  IAM Patent 1000 has noted that “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: Toyota, Bosch, Nichia, SS&C, Elpida/Micron, Price f(x), Olympus, NxStage, Sony, and Airbus.