Lead Judge Thomas L. Giannetti

Thomas L. Giannetti currently is a Lead Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He joined the Board in March 2012 after a practicing IP law in New York City for over 34 years.  He was an associate and then partner at Fish & Neave for 25 years, and thereafter a partner at Jones Day New York for nine years.  While in private practice, he specialized in patent infringement trials and related matters involving computers, electronics, and other complex technologies.  Lead Judge Giannetti graduated from Yale University with a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science, and also holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School.  Prior to law school he was an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  Lead Judge Giannetti currently is a member of the trial section of the Board and has been assigned to manage a number of AIA proceedings.  He also was a member of the team that worked on the final rules for those proceedings and the trial practice guide.  Lead Judge Giannetti is a member of the ABA, AIPLA, NYIPLA, Federal Circuit and New York City Bar Associations.  Currently, he divides his time between New York City and Alexandria, Virginia.