Thomas Scherer


Title: Partner
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law

Location: Houston
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Tom Scherer’s practice emphasizes trademark and patent prosecution, litigation, and strategy in the fields of aerospace (e.g., vehicular control, inflatable habitats, and habitat/vehicle interconnections), automotive (e.g., vehicular headlamps, vehicular remote sensing/access, and vehicular battery/engine control), electronics (e.g., biometric monitoring, consumer products, and semiconductor testing), oilfield technologies (e.g., threaded tubular connections, offshore platform structure/supply, and safety monitoring systems), optics (e.g., lasers and laser measurement), power systems (e.g., high voltage energy storage, photovoltaics, and battery technologies), and telecommunications (e.g., base station/user equipment communications).

Mr. Scherer has extensive experience in foreign and domestic, design and utility patent preparation and prosecution, preparation of validity/infringement opinions, and intellectual asset management. His practice also includes licensing, dispute resolution, and post-grant proceedings at the USPTO.  Mr. Scherer was previously a patent engineer for Fish & Richardson, P.C. and passed the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam in Ohio.


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2001)
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University (1997)


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • “Top Lawyer,” H Texas magazine (2017, 2018)
  • “Texas Rising Star,” Texas Super Lawyers (2005)
  • BakerBotts Award, Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law, “A Legal Analysis of Deep-Linking on the Internet.” (2002)


  • Patent-Eligible Subject Matter,” Tokyo, Japan (2017) (with Japanese translation)
  • “Contesting U.S. Patents Post-Grant,” Kyoto, Japan (2016)
  • “Application of 35 U.S.C. 112(f) after Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC,” Osaka, Japan (2015)
  • “America Invents Act (Provisions Effective March 16, 2013),” Tokyo, Japan (2013)
  • “U.S. Litigation (Strategic Preparations and Statistics),” Tokyo, Japan (2012)
  • “America Invents Act U.S. Patent Reform of 2011,” Houston, Texas (2011)
  • “PTA Calculations after Wyeth,” Houston, Texas (2010)
  • “Making Sense of the Complexities of Patent Term Adjustment” (2010)
  • “Drafting Global Patent Applications,” Texas Bar CLE Patent Prosecution Workshop, San Antonio, Texas (2009)
  • “Foreign Acts and 35 U.S.C. 271,” Tokyo, Japan (2008)


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Business Advisory Council, Honorary Chairman
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • Houston Bar Association