J.D., Pace University School of Law School, 1993
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1987
"Best Lawyers in Dallas" D Magazine, 2016
Tom Kulik is a Partner in Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. and a valuable member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group out of its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. With a unique understanding of how intellectual property assets influence business, he strategically counsels clients on matters involving the evaluation, acquisition, development and protection of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on creatively leveraging such assets both domestically and internationally.
Prior to matriculation in law school, he was an award-winning systems engineer for 3Com Corporation, where he was responsible for local and wide-area network architecture and design supporting both Fortune 500 and start-up companies in the computer services, financial and pharmaceutical industries. After law school, he was appointed to a one-year state judicial clerkship in New Jersey, after which he began private practice splitting his time as a litigation attorney and transactional counsel. Before being recruited to Texas in 1998, he was fortunate enough to act as the primary intellectual property counsel to a consortium of state entities in NJ, NY, PA and DE for the implementation of a $500M electronic toll collection system known as “E-ZPass®”.
Leveraging this industry experience, his practice focuses on intellectual property transactions and counseling, particularly within the context of the computer software development, emerging Internet technologies and e-commerce. His practice also includes an extensive trademark preparation and prosecution practice, including both domestic and foreign trademark protection, Trademark Trial & Appeal Board oppositions, cancellations and appeals, as well as ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings for internet domain name dispute resolution. With his experience as a commercial litigator, he remains involved in complex intellectual property litigation involving copyrights, trademarks/unfair competition, patents and trade secrets. Having been exposed to theatrical and television production as a teenager, he is also an experienced media & entertainment lawyer. From counseling media companies on IP rights acquisition ad First Amendment issues to assisting developers and publishers in facilitating multimedia product-to-market, his legal experience bridges traditional entertainment and digital media (including animation, music synchronization and online music, videogame development/publishing/distribution and a multitude of e-commerce enterprises in the development and distribution of content).
He serves as a resource to the media on issues involving the intersection of cyberspace and intellectual property law, including cybersquatting and social media. He has written articles for a number of publications, including Dallas Bar Association “HEADNOTES” and Depth magazine. He has also been quoted on these issues in a number of local and national publications, including The Dallas Morning News, MSNBC Business and The New Jersey Law Journal.
You can also keep up with his musings on various intellectual property law topics via his blog at www.legalintangibles.com.
Publications & Presentations
“The Online Tug-of-War for Copyrighted Content”, Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, January 2009
“Stormy Weather: Forecasting the Legal Issues in Cloud Computing”, Dallas Bar Association HEADNOTES, November 2010
“Typosquatting” and Your Brand: Picking the Fruits of Another’s Domain”, Direct Selling Association Supplier Course Newsletter, July 30, 2010
“Don’t Get Robbed: Patent & Trademark Protection in a Digital World”, 2010 Direct Selling Association Legal Issues of the Day Seminar, Washington, D.C. – September 2010
“Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain: Forecasting the Legal Issues in Cloud Computing” Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section CLE, September 2010
“Harvesting the Fruits of Another’s Domain: Protecting Your Brand in a Social Media World”, Direct Selling Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL – June 2011
“Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain II: Forecasting the Legal Issues in Cloud Computing”' Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section CLE, October 2013
"Non-Trademark Issues Trademark Practitioners Should Know" International Trademark Association Roundtable, June 2014
“More Than Meets the iOS: Three Important Takeaways from the Apple/FBI Standoff”, Texas Bar Journal, July 2016
“Cybersecurity & Credit Unions: Practical Tools for IT Professionals to Minimize Risk & Legal Liability”, Credit Union National Association IT Security Summit, Las Vegas, NV, September 27-28, 2016
“Emerging Issues in the Cloud: Examining the Tension Between Safety and Privacy Rights in 2016 and Beyond”, The Knowledge Group LIVE Webcast, October 19, 2016
“Safeguarding Customer Data in an Unsafe World”, Panelist, 2016 DSA Business & Policy Conference, Washington, D.C., October 24-25, 2016
"Recent Developments in Videogame Law” , Panelist, Joint Meeting of the Dallas Bar Association Science & Technology Law and Sports & Entertainment Law Sections, Dallas Bar Association, October 26th, 2016
“All Thumbs? Mobile Biometrics, Your Data and the Law”, Texas Bar Journal, November 2016
“Don't Let the Cloud Rain on Your Parade. Emerging issues with software-as-a-service providers and ethical obligations.”, Texas Bar Journal, February 2017
Mr. Kulik served under legislative appointment as a judicial law clerk in Superior Courts of New Jersey for Hon. James P. Courtney, Hon. James N. Citta and Hon. James D. Clyne (1993-1994).
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