Thomas C. McThenia, Jr. Attorney At Law
Gainesville Managing Shareholder
Gainesville Managing Shareholder
Tom is a shareholder in the firm's Orlando and Gainesville offices and practices across intellectual property (IP), technology, licensing, commercial transactions and cyber law. Having divided his career between private law practice and roles as in-house counsel for two global organizations, Tom has enjoyed representing a wide array of clients including multinational corporations, consumer products companies, nonprofit and religious organizations, hospital and healthcare systems, universities, start-up and emerging-growth companies, technology and internet companies and individual entrepreneurs.
In addition to be a registered patent attorney, Tom handles all areas of intellectual property, including trademark and patent practice and opinion work, copyright, and trade secret matters. He provides strategic IP counsel to a variety of clients, including developing corporate IP and technology commercialization strategies, managing global trademark, patent and copyright Portfolios, and conducting IP due diligence and assessments. Tom enjoys working on consumer product development issues such as product development, design and utility patent protection, trademark, copyright, social media and internet issues.
Tom has represented clients on all sides of technology transactions, including global licensing, technology development, implementation, and integrations. He has extensive experience structuring and negotiating technology, IP and internet development, licensing, and distribution arrangements. By way of examples, Tom oversees the global licensing of intellectual property, digital, and media assets for an international non-profit organization, served as the lead lawyer on global ERP implementation for a major company and its affiliated manufacturing units and led a legal team for the development and implementation of informational technology networks and broadcast technology for a new professional sports arena. Tom has handled the legal structuring and negotiation of international enterprise software and technology implementations for multinational corporations.
Tom counsels clients on internet, social media, cyber law, and data protection issues. He has represented a range of clients in the internet space since the 1990s, including internet companies, investors, content creators, distributors, and commercial users. Tom continues to address emerging technologies, cloud computing, social media, and cyber law issues.
Tom works regularly on IP and technology components of commercial and corporate transactions in joint development and joint ventures, strategic alliances, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations and financing, and licensing and commercialization. Tom headed the IP efforts for the global acquisition of beverage brands for a client, directed the IP and technology divestiture of a client's internet business unit that researched and developed global internet marketing techniques and strategies and, recently worked on the sale of controlling interest in a client’s pharmacy benefits management business. Tom also represents clients in entertainment matters involving the creation, licensing and distribution of educational, entertainment, media and internet assets.
As in-house counsel, Tom served as patent and technology counsel for The Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. In that role, he dealt with domestic and significant international matters, such as handling global portfolios and licensing of patent, trademark and copyrighted assets, implementation of a worldwide corporate Enterprise Resource Planning software system, construction of a European manufacturing plant and European headquarters, and complex technology development projects. Tom also served as in-house counsel for a global nonprofit organization handling Intellectual Property, technology and internet strategy and protection, transactions and licensing along with operational and non-profit legal issues.
Tom lectures frequently on IP, technology, and internet legal topics. He has taught intellectual property law, and patent and trademark practice as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and the Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina.
Tom grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, and attended Duke University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Tom spent several years working with an international nonprofit in the U.S. and traveling to Asia and New Zealand before attending law school. Tom attended Washington and Lee University and graduated from the University of Virginia with his juris doctor in 1993. Tom practiced law in Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlottesville, Virginia before moving to Orlando in 2002.