Tom Clouse

Tom Clouse’s extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical arts and biotechnology includes technical expertise in both small and large molecule therapeutics, and gene therapies.

Mr. Clouse was previously with the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Technology Transfer, where he managed prosecution of over one hundred technologies with 14 contract law firms. Mr. Clouse also negotiated patent and biological material license agreements and inter-institutional agreements to bring technologies to the marketplace. In this capacity, Mr. Clouse negotiated agreements with large pharmaceutical companies, small and mid-sized biotech companies, and not-for-profit research institutions and universities.

Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health, Mr. Clouse was in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area. His practice was primarily focused on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and P.C.T.  Mr. Clouse has also worked at a large local university general counsel’s office, focusing on technology transfer and management.
Mr. Clouse has spoken to trade and industry groups and government agencies regarding license negotiations, licensing strategies, and export regulations. He is also Vice President of the Patent Lawyers Club of Washington, D.C.

Mr. Clouse counsels clients in patent and trademark strategies for both domestic and foreign filings.

Mr. Clouse provides legal opinions, writes patent applications, and prosecutes application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices. Mr. Clouse also drafts and negotiates license agreements on behalf of clients and counsels small companies and start-ups on intellectual property and business development issues.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2000
  • The George Washington University, M.F.S., Forensic Science, 1997
  • George Washington University, B.A., Journalism, 1992

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • England
  • Wales
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Registration No. 46,629)
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Registration No. 11,268)

Professional Associations

  • Member, D.C. Bar
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Vice President, Patent Lawyers Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Licensing Executive Society (U.S.A. & Canada)