Professor Thomas joined the Law Center faculty in 2002. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Congressional Research Service for the past decade and was named the inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2011. He previously was a member of the faculty of the George Washington University Law School, and has served on the visiting faculties at Cornell Law School and the University of Tokyo. Professor Thomas formerly served as law clerk to Chief Judge Helen W. Nies of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Patent, Copyright and Unfair Competition Law in Munich, Germany; and research scholar at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Thomas has published numerous articles and six books on the subject of intellectual property law.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Democrats Tout Federal Patent Take-Backs for Lowering Drug Costs," coverage by Bloomberg Law, December 16, 2019, quoting Professor John R. Thomas.
"Force Drug Companies to Lower Prices," coverage by The American Prospect, September 26, 2019, quoting Professor Jay Thomas.
"Judge Michel says Congress stuck in a time warp on patent reform," coverage in IP Watchdog, May 12, 2015, featuring Professor John Thomas.
Professor John R. Thomas testified about patent reform implementation and new challenges for small businesses before the House Committee on Small Business, May 15, 2013.