R. Thomas Payne

Head of Intellectual Property

Thomas Payne

Tom is an AV-rated corporate counsel and West Point Graduate with over 40 years of high-level Domestic and International Business, Government Relations Legal, and Intellectual Property Experience within Public, Private and Military Environments to protect the interest and growth of American Business Worldwide, Entrepreneurs, Scientists and Workers.

Tom rebuilt the Intellectual Property Program for GE's $5 billion+ Transportation Systems Group. As the Transportation Systems Patent Counsel, Tom operated merely two reports away from the then CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, on both the business and legal side.

In addition, Tom established the first In-House Corporate Intellectual Property (IP) Department at CUNO Inc., a 3M Company. Tom lead and managed the Corporate Patent, Trademark and Copyright efforts, supervised outside counsel, drafted and negotiated license agreements, joint ventures and joint developments, including several multi-million-dollar complex technology-based business transactions.

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