Tom McWilliams, M.S., J.D.

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering (Physics minor) – Wilkes University, cum laude
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering and Business Management (Mathematics minor) – Wilkes University, cum laude
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering – Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D. – University of Pittsburgh, cum laude


Tom has spent over 25 years servicing the intellectual property (IP) needs of clients varying in size from small startups to Fortune 100 companies. Tom has substantial experience in all phases of IP, including the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights; aspects involved in assessments, evaluations and disputes regarding patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, copyright, domain name, and contractual matters; and the counseling of clients in IP-related contractual, opinion, transactional, and capitalization and acquisition matters.

He services clients across a broad range of technical areas, including complex circuits and electronics; computer software, hardware, and networking, as well as computing methods; semiconductors and integrated circuit fabrication; additive manufacturing; large scale manufacturing; micro- and nano-technologies; robotics; wireless, cellular, near field, and telecommunications; electromagnetic sciences; automotive and heavy equipment; content distribution, set top box and display technologies; control systems; and the mechanical and industrial arts.

In addition to the above, Tom has significant experience in representing clients in post-grant proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including in inter partes review, reexamination and reissue proceedings. Tom also counsels international clients on United States and international patent practice, and has participated on behalf of his firm as a temporary in-house U.S. patent practitioner, and as a presenter on U.S. patent practice, for clients in Japan and Russia.

Tom has received numerous awards based on nominations by his peers, including being named as one of “Delaware’s Best Lawyers” in 2022. His articles about U.S. and international intellectual property have been published on numerous occasions. Tom has served as an adjunct professor of IP law at a Philadelphia-area law school, and has often been a featured speaker, both nationally and internationally, on various intellectual property issues.

Prior to joining Riverside, Tom was a partner at several AmLaw 100 firms. He was also a practicing electrical engineer prior to attending law school. Tom is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and before the USPTO.

Focused on intellectual property.