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Erin Ator Thomson

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Thomson, Erin Ator

Biography
Erin's principal areas of practice are strategic patent counseling, patent licensing, and patent litigation, primarily in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, research tools, and other life science-related areas. Erin has extensive experience advising clients in connection with licensing, development and commercialization-related agreements, and strategic investments. Erin also has experience in all stages of patent litigation including conducting pre-suit investigations, drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, preparing for and conducting Markman hearings, and trial. She also conducts due diligence evaluations and has experience prosecuting patents for life sciences-related inventions.


Representative Experience
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  • Assisting in the representation of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in connection with licensing and commercialization matters, joint ventures, strategic investments, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting in the advising of clients in connection with assessment of IP portfolios of potential investment targets
  • Assisting in the negotiation and drafting of technology-related agreement, including IP licenses, quality and supply agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and research agreements
Pro Bono
  • Served as City of Austin “Prosecutor on Loan”; tried four criminal misdemeanor cases to a jury
  • Represented and successfully obtained asylum for Uyghur family who suffered political, religious, and ethnic persecution in China
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • Baylor Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 2006 (Senior Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review)
  • University of California, San Francisco, post-graduate researcher, 2001-2003
  • Pepperdine University, B.S. Biology, 2001
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Supreme Court of Texas, 2006-2007
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2006; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
Professional Recognition
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014
Activities and Affiliations
  • Member: Texas Young Lawyers Association; Austin IP Inn of Court; Licensing Executive Society; Intellectual Property Owners Association (currently serving as Secretary of the Licensing Committee)
Publications and Presentations
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Austin, TX 78746-7568

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