Thomas P. White is the director of Schiff Hardin’s trademark prosecution and management practice. In addition to trademarks, his practice is focused on licensing and other intellectual property-related agreements, and the myriad other aspects of intellectual property law that impact business on a daily basis.
Tom shepherds clients through the complex and rapidly evolving landscape of intellectual property, including working with clients on the development, management, and enforcement of their intellectual property portfolios. He also frequently resolves and litigates trademark, copyright and other intellectual property disputes.
Tom frequently advises clients on the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, including entity sales and purchase agreements. He structures and negotiates intellectual property transactions, including agreements for brand and technology licenses, software, and consent, development, and distribution agreements.
He also advises clients on advertising and publicity rights and has substantial experience in general commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
Tom is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and its Subcommittee on Racial, Ethnic and National Origin and has consistently been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property.
- Represented Kraft Foods in the negotiation of its agreement with KGM under which Kraft is distributing Keurig K-Cup single serve coffee products under iconic coffee brands owned by and licensed to Kraft.
- Handled the intellectual property aspects for Kraft Foods’ acquisition of General Mills’ breadcrumb manufacturing facility and business.
- Handled the intellectual property aspects for Dubai-based client Emaar’s first U.S. acquisition — WL Homes (doing business as John Laing Homes), the second largest privately held homebuilder in the United States — for $1.05 billion. Emaar is one of the world’s largest real estate companies.
- Brought suit for Kraft Foods against a unit of Mexico’s Grupo la Moderna SAB de CV for trademark infringement relating to its sale of chocolate chip cookies, the packaging of which infringed upon the packaging of Chips Ahoy! cookies produced by Kraft’s Nabisco unit.
- University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1984
- Earlham College, B.A., 1979
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Delaware State Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- International Trademark Association
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