Thompson Hine Expands Intellectual Property Practice with Experienced Patent Team

Date: May 11, 2015

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

CINCINNATI – May 11, 2015 – Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that William R. Allen, Ph.D. and W. Scott Gaines have joined its Cincinnati office as a partner and associate respectively in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Their addition expands the technical depth of the practice group in computer science, physics, and electrical engineering. The new lawyers join Thompson Hine from Wood Herron & Evans LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in Cincinnati and bring with them a combined 21 years of experience.

Allen and Gaines counsel corporate and entrepreneurial clients on intellectual property matters and related business issues with an emphasis in electrical, semiconductor, wireless, mechanical, and materials technologies, as well as software and business methods. Allen and Gaines focus their practices on procuring world-wide patent protection for clients spanning a broad spectrum of technologies, and protect technical innovations for several global companies.

“I was attracted to Thompson Hine's national intellectual property practice and also the depth and strength of other practice areas that would benefit my clients, such as litigation and corporate,” said Allen. “I was also impressed by the firm’s dedication to client service and value, evidenced by the many awards they regularly receive.”

Allen received his J.D., cum laude, in 1999 from the University of Tennessee College of Law; a Ph.D. in physics in 1986 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Emory & Henry College in 1980. Before his legal career, he worked as a research physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Y-12 Weapons Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for a decade.

Gaines received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2009; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1994; and a B.S. cum laude in Electrical Engineering in 1991. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Gaines held engineering roles at Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Northrop Grumman and Ericson Inc.

“Bill and Scott’s technical background and experience further strengthens our existing intellectual property practice in Cincinnati,” said J. Shane Starkey, partner-in-charge of the Thompson Hine’s Cincinnati office. “We have seen a growing need for lawyers with this type of technical background and are pleased to welcome them to the firm."