Thomas R Makin

Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Thomas R Makin is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s litigation group, and is based in New York. Mr Makin focuses on IP litigation in federal and state court, in arbitration and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He participates in post-grant proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office, and counsels clients regarding substantive patent law, patent valuation and licensing issues.

Mr Makin represents plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of technologies: vehicular safety, propulsion, infotainment and control systems; semiconductor circuitry, fabrication and packaging; lighting systems; rechargeable battery systems; fintech software; monoclonal antibodies; and medical devices.

In his most recent trial, Mr Makin was lead counsel to Nichia Corporation in a three-patent ITC investigation. After a week-long hearing, in which Mr Makin directed the respondents’ main technical witness and cross-examined the complainant’s expert, the administrative law judge – and, ultimately, the ITC – found all patent claims not infringed, not supportive of a technical domestic industry and/or invalid.

Mr Makin has been recognised in a number of legal publications, including The Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000. IAM Patent 1000 has noted: “His knowledge of case law is something to behold and he has a great imagination, always willing to look at things in different ways and come up with new ideas. He takes the time to understand your patents (and other intellectual property), and does things when he says he’s going to do them. He exhibits real mental fortitude.”

Professional associations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

Sample client list

  • DENSO
  • Genmab
  • Nichia
  • SS&C Technologies
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Firm details

Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10022-6069
United States

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