Thomas J. Donovan

  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Thomas J. Donovan is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg and member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark litigation and prosecution, unfair competition and trade secret litigation and licensing. He represents clients in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications. His experience includes business method patents and software related to electronic trading and clearance systems for multi-class securities offerings. Mr. Donovan also has significant negotiation and drafting experience with software licensing; patent, trademark and copyright licensing issues; and in rendering patent validity and infringement opinions.

He represents companies in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing; technology and software industries, including: companies involved in the development, manufacture and marketing of plastics and packaging; exercise equipment and other health and fitness products; financial clearing software; beverage dispensing equipment and other food service equipment; battery components, high performance racing components used in NASCAR, Formula 1 and other racing; sports marketing; packaging and other industrial equipment; a wide range of consumer goods; and automotive and aerospace parts and equipment.

Mr. Donovan is former president and vice president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and is an adjunct faculty member at Chicago-Kent College of Law, acting as an instructor for an intellectual property course. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, Mr. Donovan has served on the Intellectual Property Law360 editorial advisory board and is a member of the PTAB Bar Association and International Trademark Association. Since 2006, Mr. Donovan has been recognized each year as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law & Politics and featured in Chicago Magazine. He has also been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network, Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine and The Best Lawyers in America for his work in patent law. Additionally, Mr. Donovan was honored by the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) at their annual Alumni Awards program in 2012.

Mr. Donovan is a past member of the firm’s Management Committee and a former chair of the Intellectual Property Department.

Mr. Donovan received his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1982 from the University of Illinois. He received his J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with honors in 1987. He is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Donovan is also admitted before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.