Ray Thomas, Jr.
Mr. Thomas received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law and Government (Intellectual Property Law & Policy [Trademarks and Copyrights] and Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice) from the Washington College of Law in 2006.
In October 2011, Mr. Thomas was appointed (by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce) to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). He is serving a three-year term as one of TPAC's nine voting members. As a member of TPAC, he will: i) represent the interests of diverse users of the USPTO's trademark systems; ii) review the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the USPTO's trademark operations; and iii) advise Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director David Kappos on the above-mentioned matters. TPAC will also prepare an annual report on these matters and submit it to President Obama, Secretary of Commerce Bryson, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Mr. Thomas recently founded the Law Office of Ray Thomas, Jr., PLLC where his practice focuses on trademark law. Previously he served as Counsel (Trademarks) at Miles & Stockbridge P.C., served as the Trademark Associate Attorney for Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P. and was a Trademark Examining Attorney at the USPTO. His Juris Doctor (J.D.) studies at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law included 2 summers at McGill University, Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he studied international trade law.
Mr. Thomas is a member of the: District of Columbia Bar; Maryland State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section and Entertainment & Sports Law Section); Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Registered Trade-mark Agent); American Intellectual Property Law Association (Trademark & Copyright Committees); International Trademark Association (USPTO Subcommittee - Trademark Office Practices Committee); and Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.